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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Playa guanico

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drive to tonosi from las tablas , and head past the police station on your left, continue over the tonosi bridge and past a big restaurant on your left with a thatched roof now continue on the worst road in the world for about 20 mins and you will see a sign with an iguana, take a left down the second worst road in the world and head for the beach you will arrive at a little cntina with a big roof and and a small bar that is too small to stand up under.

English (Translate this text in English): drive to tonosi from las tablas , and head past the police station on your left, continue over the tonosi bridge and past a big restaurant on your left with a thatched roof now continue on the worst road in the world for about 20 mins and you will see a sign with an iguana, take a left down the second worst road in the world and head for the beach you will arrive at a little cntina with a big roof and and a small bar that is too small to stand up under.

English (Translate this text in English): drive to tonosi from las tablas , and head past the police station on your left, continue over the tonosi bridge and past a big restaurant on your left with a thatched roof now continue on the worst road in the world for about 20 mins and you will see a sign with an iguana, take a left down the second worst road in the world and head for the beach you will arrive at a little cntina with a big roof and and a small bar that is too small to stand up under.

English (Translate this text in English): drive to tonosi from las tablas , and head past the police station on your left, continue over the tonosi bridge and past a big restaurant on your left with a thatched roof now continue on the worst road in the world for about 20 mins and you will see a sign with an iguana, take a left down the second worst road in the world and head for the beach you will arrive at a little cntina with a big roof and and a small bar that is too small to stand up under.

DistanceSurf trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special access4x4

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name guanicos

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

Power

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

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in front is the beach break with numerous peaks that work at all tides, far right there is a point break which fires a sucky wave when all else is too big best at a lower tide though!
carry on up the beach to the left and you will find at mid to high tides, multiple reef breaks which give a real punchy feel, here the beach becomes a lot prettier, some people are making real nice thatched cabins on stilts, but when i was there they hadnt finished them yet! (feb-mar 2003)
there are other breaks i was told about but youd have to find them for yourself!
its a cool place beacause playa venao, cambutal and guanico is all quite close to each other so its a good place to be when there is waves.
check it out

English (Translate this text in English): in front is the beach break with numerous peaks that work at all tides, far right there is a point break which fires a sucky wave when all else is too big best at a lower tide though!<br />carry on up the beach to the left and you will find at mid to high tides, multiple reef breaks which give a real punchy feel, here the beach becomes a lot prettier, some people are making real nice thatched cabins on stilts, but when i was there they hadnt finished them yet! (feb-mar 2003)<br />there are other breaks i was told about but youd have to find them for yourself!<br />its a cool place beacause playa venao, cambutal and guanico is all quite close to each other so its a good place to be when there is waves.<br />check it out

English (Translate this text in English): in front is the beach break with numerous peaks that work at all tides, far right there is a point break which fires a sucky wave when all else is too big best at a lower tide though!&lt;br &#47;&gt;carry on up the beach to the left and you will find at mid to high tides, multiple reef breaks which give a real punchy feel, here the beach becomes a lot prettier, some people are making real nice thatched cabins on stilts, but when i was there they hadnt finished them yet! (feb-mar 2003)&lt;br &#47;&gt;there are other breaks i was told about but youd have to find them for yourself!&lt;br &#47;&gt;its a cool place beacause playa venao, cambutal and guanico is all quite close to each other so its a good place to be when there is waves.&lt;br &#47;&gt;check it out

English (Translate this text in English): in front is the beach break with numerous peaks that work at all tides, far right there is a point break which fires a sucky wave when all else is too big best at a lower tide though!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;carry on up the beach to the left and you will find at mid to high tides, multiple reef breaks which give a real punchy feel, here the beach becomes a lot prettier, some people are making real nice thatched cabins on stilts, but when i was there they hadnt finished them yet! (feb-mar 2003)&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;there are other breaks i was told about but youd have to find them for yourself!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;its a cool place beacause playa venao, cambutal and guanico is all quite close to each other so its a good place to be when there is waves.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;check it out

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Playa guanico
By marc.sidler
Jun 7, 2013
fun session - fun session, great spot, just me and my buddy 100% nature 
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By Anonymous , 13-07-2013

guanico secret ... - surfed cambutal and I was amazed how good the roads are, exelente waves no crowds??!! wanted to visit my pro Panamanian buddies in the area so we stayed with them in guanico con mis hermanos (gracias amigo nunca olvido este tiempo)
great beach break no crowds got the point as it is still a secret spot...mas o menos but we surfed it some days, great lefts and some pretty long ones beautiful place and some Swiss guys just finished a surf camp cool place!! cold beers good vibe. love guanico, gracias a la familia

By Brigitte , 08-06-2013

- El mejor lugar para desconectarse del mundo, pura naturaleza y buenas olas.... Descubri un nuevo surf camp a pocos pasos de la playa con precios accesibles y excelente comida. recomendado!!

By Anonymous , 08-06-2013

- we surfed santa catalina and hit back to panama but surfed two days guanico beach. fun spot and no crowds, got some real deal waves at the point, scored way more then catalina. beautiful place I ll be back

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