Frequently Asked Questions
What should I pack?
- Swimsuits (the warm inviting waters allow you to leave that wetsuit at home!)
- Sunscreen and Bug-repellent *natural is best to protect your skin and the ocean
- Sandals and Shoes (there are untouched trails that make perfect hikes and adventure tours)
- Camera & Chargers so you can keep these memories fresh
- Any travel goodies, prescriptions or specific requirements you may have
- Rain jacket or Poncho if joining us throughout May-November
Where to Fly Into, Travel Info & Where to Stay In Panama City?
You will fly into Panama City, airport code - PTY.
We recommend to all guests to fly into Panama at least 1 day prior to the retreat start date. Ensuring your space on the complimentary shuttle from Panama City to Sansara on the morning of your retreat’s first scheduled day.
Sansara's Recommended Hotels/Hostels In Casco Viejo area of Panama City.
- American Trade Hotel - www.acehotel.com/panama $$$$
- Las Clementinas - www.lasclementinas.com $$$$
- Hotel Central Panama - www.centralhotelpanama.com $$
- Magnolia Hostel/Hotel.-www.magnoliapanama.com/ $
Where is the beach?
Sansara is situated beachfront with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep. Enjoy the ease of walking down our wooden deck onto the black sand beach. You are steps away from finding yourself enjoying endless miles of beach combing, enjoying the fish with the best snorkeling in the area, stand-up-paddling, kayaking and surfing all right outside the doorstep of your beachfront cabana!
How far is the nearest town?
We are located in the beach community of Cambutal. There are minimal shops on the beach, which is part of the appeal. However there are small grocery stores, coffee shop, and few great restaurants nearby. The closest neighboring town (20 minute drive) is Tonosi. There you can find Bank services (ATM), bigger grocery stores, gas station and hospital located here.
What is the weather like?
With the average temperature holding steady in between 82 and 91 degrees Fahrenheit (Between 28 and 33 degrees Celsius), you’re bound to love the weather at Sansara no matter what time of year you plan your trip to Cambutal! Chilly nights are a rarity and we recommend you pack for the sun.
Cambutal, Panama is seated in the arco seco, or the “dry Pacific arc”, a nickname given to the area because of the low rainfall it experiences during its rainy season. Here is an overview of what to expect from the weather in Cambutal and a few other details to help you plan your trip at the optimal time for you:
Dry Season (December through May)
this is the peak season for surfing, river/waterfall excursions, hiking, and optimal sun tanning. Experiencing little to no rainfall each day leaves you feeling sun-kissed and refreshed by the warm ocean waters.
Green Season (June through November)
During this season you can expect sunshine on and off with scattered rain showers and puffy white clouds. For the most part, it is generally very nice out every day. When large storms move in, you can expect rain all day for a few days. Usually these “temporals” last two to three days and happen a few times a year, but quickly clear and the weather is nice once again. Some of the advantages of visiting at this time of year is seeing the surrounding jungle is at its lushest, the surf is still up, whale watching is very rewarding, and you can witness the hatching of thousands of baby sea turtles.
Can I arrive early or stay later than the retreat?
Yes. Contact us and let us know when you want to arrive or leave, and we’ll be happy to assist you in making arrangements that best suit your vacation.
What if I’ve never surfed or done yoga?
No need to be intimidated. Everyone has to start somewhere and we provide a comfortable, supportive environment where you can feel safe trying out surfing or yoga. If neither is for you, there are many other activities at the resort and in the area that will make your trip well worthwhile.
Do I need a wetsuit?
No. Our waters are always an inviting warm temperature so don’t worry about a wetsuit and just enjoy the waves! We do recommend to bring your own rash guard!
What type of ocean break is it?
At Sansara you have quick, easy access to beach breaks, point breaks, and reef break surf options. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it.
How many surfers will be in my lesson?
Our focus is on making sure you have the best vacation and get the most out of your time, therefore we ensure all lessons are nothing but small, intimate groups.
Can I get photos of my stay?
Absolutely! Resort owner and professional photographer, Michael Phillips is on hand to make sure your moments are captured.
What’s included in the Cabana?
Each of our beachfront cabanas is equipped with a full ensuite washroom, air conditioning, North American power outlets, mini fridge, private patio. Our linens are lush, and all pillows are hypoallergenic. you are supplied with complimentary organic nontoxic soap during your stay as well.
A complimentary Welcome Drink & Wi-Fi is also included. All of our cabanas are beachfront and located steps away from sinking your toes in the sand.
Do the cabanas have air conditioning?
Not to worry, you’ll be able to keep cool at night as all of our accommodations include air conditioning for your comfort.
Is the resort accessible to those with disabilities?
Yes, Sansara is accessible. Please contact us prior to arrival so we can ensure the most optimal arrangements are made to make the most of your vacation.
Do you have Internet/TV?
At Sansara we believe in the importance of disconnecting to reconnect, however we do understand the need to keep in touch with those at home. We have WIFI throughout many parts of the resort and available for all guests. Individual televisions are not provided in your room, but we do offer movie nights under the stars!
Do you have phones?
Phones are not available in the cabanas, however with the WIFI available on the property, you can use Skype or FaceTime to make calls to friends and family as well.
Are the electrical outlets the same as North America? Do I need to bring an adapter?
No, you will not need an adapter if you are travelling from North America, as electrical outlets are North American.
What currency should I bring and how much? Is there an ATM or Bank close by?
The currency in Panama is USD dollars and the nearest ATM is approximately a 20-minute taxi drive away. Traveller’s cheques are not recommended and many places will not accept credit cards as well. We recommend bringing a little extra money for shopping, dining and excursions. We do accept credit cards at Sansara.
Do I need vaccinations? Do I need to worry about Malaria?
When travelling to Panama, you do not need special vaccinations and you do not have to worry about infectious disease or Malaria in this part of the country. However, we always recommend speaking to your healthcare provider prior to travelling anywhere.
Is the water drinkable?
All water is safe to drink right out of the taps. We have an onsite well and filter system providing you with purified, deliciously cold, thirst quenching water.
Do I need insurance?
We always recommend insurance coverage during your vacation.
Do you offer Room Service?
We do not offer room service, and kindly ask that no food is enjoyed inside of the rooms. (keep those pesky ants away!) We do however we do offer a full breakfast, lunch and dinner service, along with a snack menu and a delicious selection of smoothies and juices to purchase during your stay.
Do you offer alcohol on the property?
Yes, we have a variety of beer/wine and deliciously fresh cocktails available for purchase in our onsite restaurant. We kindly ask that any outside alcohol that is brought into the resort is to be enjoyed in your room or on your private patio only.
Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?
We want you to thoroughly enjoy your stay with us, and that includes dining experiences. Please contact us prior to arrival so we can best accommodate your needs.
Does the staff speak English?
The majority of Sansara staff speaks fluent English. This is also a great opportunity to test out your Spanish if you wish!
If I want to tip the staff, how should I do so?
Our hardworking staff always appreciate knowing they’ve helped make your vacation that much more special. If you wish to leave a tip, you can do so at check out and leave it with
management so it can be distributed evenly.
Are children allowed at the resort?
Due to Sansara’s intimate size and serene setting we are unable to accommodate children under the age of 14.
Can I do Laundry?
Yes, we offer a laundry service at an additional charge.
Are there lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach?
At Sansara we offer plenty of beach lounge chairs for your enjoyment. – inquire at front desk
for beach umbrellas.
Do you have a swimming pool?
We have a beautiful salt-water pool facing directly in front of the ocean