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 into the black sand beach. You are steps away from finding yourself sitting under the sun, playing on the beach , enjoying endless miles of beach combing, snorkeling in the area, kayaking, stand-up-paddling, and surfing all right outside the doorstep of your beachfront cabana!
How far is the nearest town?
Sansara is located in the beach community of Cambutal. There are minimal shops on the beach, which is part of the appeal. However there are some local corner stores, a 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 and a few clothing store options.
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.
Do I need a wetsuit?
No. Our water is always an inviting warm temperature so don’t worry about a wetsuit and just enjoy the waves!
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.
What should I bring?
Here are a few things you may want to consider bringing with you to make the most out of your vacay:
• Surf boards are available, but feel free to bring your own
• A refillable water bottle
• Several swimsuits, sunglasses, and a hat
• Yoga clothes
• Footwear for the beach and hiking
• Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil
• Natural bug repellent and sunscreen
• Flashlight or headlamp for evening walks
• Personal toiletries and first aid kit
• Books that you wish to read or donate to the Sansara guest library.
• Cameras, iPads, laptop computers, anything you would like to help capture and share your vacation. Free wifi is available.
What’s included in the cabana?
Each of our beachfront cabanas is equipped with a full on-suite washroom, air conditioning, North American power outlets, mini fridge, room safe, and private patio. Our linens are sustainable, and all pillows are hypoallergenic. You are supplied with complimentary organic non-toxic soap during your stay.
*Please note, hairdryers and irons are available upon request at reception.
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.
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 telephones in the rooms?
Phones are not available in the cabanas, however with the WIFI available on the property, you can use Skype to make calls to friends and family as well.
Are the electrical outlets the same as North America?
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. Traveler’s checks 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. Please contact us if you have any other questions about money for your trip.
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. Sansara has an onsite well and filter system providing you with purified, deliciously cold, thirst quenching water.
Do I need insurance?
We always recommend making sure you have the insurance coverage you feel comfortable with.
Are there any safety concerns or crime?
The Province of Los Santos is a very safe place. Minimal, if any, petty crime exist in Cambutal, however Sansara does have 24 hour security at all times to ensure guests feel safe and allow you to truly relax and enjoy the amazing beachfront experience of your vacation. For your own peace of mind, we always recommend guests keep valuables and important documents locked in your in room safe during your stay as Sansara cannot be held responsible for any missing items.
Do you offer room service?
Sansara does not offer in room dining, however a unique feature they do offer is gourmet picnics. While spending a few hours on the beach or taking a day trip to one of the many different local excursions such as the waterfalls, caves, tide-pools or neighboring beaches you can enjoy a delicious lunch, healthy snacks or a selection of house made pastries. They ask for one day’s notice so they can prepare your picnic as best as possible.
Do you offer alcohol on the property?
Yes, Sansara has a variety of alcoholic beverages available for purchase onsite.
Does the staff speak English?
The majority of Sansara staff speak 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?
Sansara’s hardworking staff always appreciates 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.
Can I do laundry?
Yes, Sansara offers a laundry service at an additional charge.
Are there lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach?
At Sansara they offer plenty of beach lounge chairs for your enjoyment.
Is there a swimming pool?
Yes! The resort features a beautiful salt water pool with views of our tropical gardens and the Pacific Ocean.