Unpretentious and laid-back, Pedasí has streets lined with tiled colonials and leafy spaces. For years this sleepy retreat came to life only at festival times. But outsiders are discovering the big appeal of small-town life and relatively unspoiled beaches.
The hometown of erstwhile president Mireya Moscoso, Panama's first female chief executive, Pedasí has become the focus of an intensive push to develop the southwestern coastline. It serves as the gateway to the Azuero coastline and is a convenient base for exploring Refugio de Vida Silvestre Isla Iguana and Isla Cañas.
The Carretera Nacional passes down the western part of Pedasí as Av Belisario Porras (known locally as Av Central). The beaches start just a few kilometers to the east.