The Azuero Peninsula contains towns which were founded hundreds of years ago. This region is considered by many to be the most historic and culturally rich parts of Panama. There is strong Spanish Colonial influence in the regions architecture and its festivals. Each town is often centered about a main square where the Church and Municipal Government buildings are located. Pedasi, La Villa Los Santos, and Parita are among these small culturally rich towns. All boast beautiful churches, and colorful colonial style architecture. Pedasi is unique among these towns because of its proximity to the ocean. Pedasi’s primary industries are fishing and toursism. In recent years Pedasi has become a holiday destination and as such, there are a variety of restaurants, shops, and activities that are catered specifically for the traveler. Pedasi has several beaches within a short distance of town. Playa Arenal is primarily a fishing beach but is also suitable for swimming, particularly in the ‘winter’ season when there are few waves. This is where the boats depart for Isla Iguana. Playa El Toro and Playa Lagarto are favorites amongst the locals and surfers alike, there are typically good waves at these locations and there are rustic cabanas along the beach which provide a perfect picnic spot.