Unpretentious and picturesque, Pedasí’s streets are 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 wilderness beaches.
The hometown of former president Mireya Moscoso, Panama's first woman 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 Refugios de Vida Silvestre Isla Iguana and Isla Cañas.
The Carretera Nacional passes down the western part of Pedasí, while the beaches start just a few kilometers to the east. None of the streets in Pedasí are marked with street signs.