Things are really changing at the bottom of the Azuero peninsula. When I visited the southern tip about 2 years ago there was virtually nothing for tourists. All of the hotels past the Playa Venao area were basically surf camps and not really family accommodations.
There were no restaurants past Tonosi, and to top it all off the roads were terrible! You had to constantly swerve to avoid being eaten by an elephant sized pothole. I recently made the trip to that area again, and what a difference a couple of years makes! The road between Las Tablas and Tonosi has been repaved which means you can actually enjoy the beautiful mountain and valley scenery with the ocean for a backdrop, instead of just trying to stay on all four wheels.
The southern tip of the peninsula, which consists of towns like Tonosi, Cambutal, and Guanico have some really great beaches and are well known for the great surf and sport fishing. I probably would have spent more time in the area before if there was more to do.
During my recent trip I came across a really nice family from the US that has purchased 200 hectares of land (beachfront and tropical forests) and has turned their property in to Los Buzos beach resort and sport camp. They currently have a handful of really nice rental houses that overlook the ocean, as well as a small, six room hotel. They have also opened a bar and restaurant which the area desperately needs.
I am a big fan of the Azuero peninsula so it’s really great to see that there are now places to sleep comfortably and eat well in the often forgotten areas south of Pedasi. The family resort also offers hiking, horseback riding, fishing and eco tours. It’s great that someone on the southern tip has realized what the area has to offer and can now provide those experiences to tourists.
|Written by Rebecca Tyre|
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