Playa Venao has recently grown into vibrant a beachfront community in Panama known for its world-class surfing, chill beach vibes, and the occasional music festival. With all the growth, a number of boutique hotels, design hostels, and apartment or house rentals have opened their doors and I’ve narrowed them down to the best!
Here are 8 gorgeous places to stay in Playa Venao, Panama.
El Sitio de Playa Venao | Book Now
El Sitio de Playa Venao has a rustic design with modern style with an iconic lighthouse suite that overlooks the ocean. The hotel features a pool, restaurant, and an on-site surf shop that offers surfboard rentals and surfing lessons. They are also famous for hosting amazing house music parties throughout the year.
Villa Nomada | Book Now
Villa Nomada is a private home that is part of the El Sitio de Playa Venao Property. The home features 4 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and a stunning private pool surrounded by hammocks. It averages around $450/night so it’s perfect for large groups. The featured photo for this post was taken from there.
Selina Playa Venao | Book Now
Selina is a recently opened hostel chain in Panama that has made staying in a hostel the best experience ever. They have locations in Playa Venao, Pedasi, Bocas del Toro and Casco Viejo and offer transportation between locations so you can easily hop from one to the other. Their oceanfront location at Playa Venao has 19 unique rooms and offers a variety of activities such as surf & SUP lessons to board rentals, adventure tours, yoga classes, outdoor pool, restaurant and bar, and a thriving nightlife scene. If you’re on a budget, but want to stay somewhere nice, this is the place to be.
Blue Villas | Book Now
Blue Villas is a two-bedroom condo with luxurious and well-designed touches throughout the space that makes you feel right at home. Amenities include a large open and fully equipped kitchen, living room, and sleeping space for up to four people. The property also is steps away from the large community pool where you can sit back and enjoy the ocean view.
Casa Aqua | Book Now
Casa Aqua is a stunning 3,500 square foot home right on the beach in Playa Venao and the highlight is definitely the private infinity pool. The house has 4-bedrooms, fitting up to eight people, an outdoor grill, and a large terrace to enjoy the views.
Beach Break Hotel | Book Now
Beach Break Hotel caters to people looking to learn to surf at their camp or for experienced surfers needing a board rental. The property is right on the beach and features an outdoor swimming pool, beachfront bar, and tons of hammocks to lounge around in. Besides a great variety of hotel rooms, they also have a dorm option for people looking to stay somewhere nice on a budget.
Eco Venao Lodge | Book Now
Eco Venao Lodge is the ideal getaway for eco-lovers! It’s a little bit farther from the beach but the benefit is that you are surrounded by nature, wildlife, and a beautiful waterfall hike. They have rooms for travelers on any budget that range from shared dorms to huge private villas.
Casita Marilyn | Book Now
Casita Marilyn offers one of the most amazing views of the ocean and jungle that’s available in Playa Venao. The space has a large open concept kitchen and living room, one bedroom and a sofa bed for extra guests, and a large terrace with an infinity pool where you can really enjoy the view. Besides the view, guests love that you can wake up to the sound of howler monkeys in the morning. Booking is available via Airbnb (if you haven’t used Airbnb before, sign up through this link first for $25 off your first stay).