It’s really been interesting the last month or so at the Villa. This is summer time in Pedasi and you know it’s summer when there are more tourists in town, the wind picks up, rain goes away, the kids are out of school and there’s a lot more frolicking from both children and adults.
Summer is also the dry season in Pedasi. We have not had any rain since mid December and will probably not see any until the start of the rainy season in April/May. During the rainy season it rains or pours most days but then the sun comes out soon after accompanied by the humidity. During the dry season, the wind shifts from the South to the North and it also gets stronger. This year, the wind has been particularly strong with winds in the 15-25 knot range. It’s played havoc with the new plants and I’m hoping things will subside over the coming weeks. Right now, the sun is shining and the dry season (secco) is underway. The breeze off the ocean keeps the temperatures very comfortable.
Villa de la Torre guest suite rental in Pedasi, Panama
I’ve also made the decision to rent the independent guest suite (by the week) when we are not living in the house. Yes, that means you get the entire pool and grounds to yourself. Or if you happen to have a luxury vacation home yourself, I would also be interested in a home-swap arrangement the entire Villa for your vacation home.
Pedasi is fast becoming a popular place for visitors from all over the world. It’s a quaint, Spanish Colonial town in the Azueros Peninsula about 4 hours drive by car or bus from Panama City heading towards Costa Rica. Pedasi is safe, almost no crime and the townspeople are some of the friendliest on the planet with easy smiles and always a “buenas” (hello) is customary even if you’re a stranger. The proud inhabitants of Pedasi now boast more than twenty restaurants with local folklore and a Carnival that rivals others, not in size but in craziness.
There’s plenty of ocean fishing, surfing and exploring along the Pacific beaches. Most of the beaches are remote and unless you are at one of the surfing beaches, you’ll most likely find that you are the only one there.
You can see Isla Iguana from the Villa and it’s been designated a nature reserve with white sand beaches, fantastic snorkeling and Iguanas! You can visit the island by arranging a short boat ride from one of the locals who ferry tourists to and from the island at the beach. On the other side of Pedasi, down the road to Canas, you can see the hundreds of sea turtles who come each year to lay their eggs.
Villa de la Torre fronts the ocean about a kilometer from Pedasi or about 5 mins drive on a paved road from town. There are no roosters, chickens or barking dogs. Just the sound of the ocean and palm trees swaying in the breeze.
The guest suite was designed to be completely independent from the main part of the house and we offer it up to readers and friends should you choose to want to come visit. It is situated on the right the side of the house on the ground floor with its own independent entrance. The suite has views to the pool, coconut palms and ocean beyond. It’s a wonderful view to wake up to in the morning. .
The suite has 20 foot high exposed wood ceilings, air conditioning, a small closet, nice sized bathroom and rain-head shower. It is a good-sized room but really designed for single or double occupancy. The entry doors are french double doors that both open allowing you to have an indoor/outdoor space if you want to. The bed is late 19th century queen size iron quatrefoil bed with a luxurious mattress, both imported from the US. Bed sheets are 400 thread count cotton sheets and we supply high-end cotton towels for both the bath and pool.
As I previously mentioned, the entire grounds, terraces and pool are yours to use. The guest suite is entirely self-service. There is no room service or meals provided. We do have a manager that lives off site, speaks English and Spanish and she is available for anything you may need or require. We can supply you with a cell phone and internet for a small deposit.
There are no cooking facilities until I am able to finish our outdoor kitchen. The suite does come with a bar fridge/freezer, desk, coffee maker, coffee cups, wine glasses, and bottle opener so you can have your morning coffee/tea, yogurt, cold cereal but you’ll have to make your way into town for a hot breakfast/lunch/dinner which is only 5 mins away via paved road. In fact, I don’t know why anyone would bother cooking when you see how inexpensive prices can be (compared to N. American standards) in the local restaurants. Breakfast or lunch between $3.50 and $8.00 per person, dinner depending on what and where you want to eat $5-$12. You can buy beer at the local store for .50 cents each or wine anywhere from $4-$10 per bottle on average.
Outside, you have the large covered terrace to yourself with two comfortable cushioned rattan chairs, a burl wood coffee table. You can watch the birds fly by or watch the pelicans dive bomb for fish directly in front of the house. August and September in Pedasi is whale season and yes they breach right out in front of the house.
The pool of course is right there in front with two sun recliners. We have the pool cleaned three times a week and the landscaping is maintained regularly,. The grounds have been newly planted and still not completely grown out but there’s enough to keep you interested.
If you are interested our weekly rate is $700 per week plus a small cleaning charge of $35. It includes all towels and linens. If you need to be connected to the rest of the world we have internet and it’s free of charge with small deposit for the stick. Please send me an email at email@example.com with the dates you are thinking of coming to visit and we can discuss the area, the town of Pedasi, activities and logistics in more detail.
Photos of the guest suite, Villa de la Torre, Pedasi, Panama: