Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to book accommodations only?
Absolutely! You are not obligated to book a retreat and can enjoy all of our amenities as you wish. You will surely enjoy your stay with us whether you are simply here to relax and explore the area or attend a retreat.
How can I book or check availability?
Please see our Book A Room page or Contact Us with any questions you may have about booking your stay.
How do I get to Sansara?
We are located in Cambutal, Los Santos, Panama. The closest airport is Panama City at the Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Once you have landed in Panama, you can reach us by car, bus, charter plane or private car shuttle. We can assist you in arranging transportation prior to your arrival so please contact us with any questions you may have. Click here to see a map, get detailed directions and find out about transfer options.
Where is the beach?
Sansara is situated beachfront with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep. You are steps away from finding yourself sitting under the sun, playing on the beach, enjoying endless miles of beach combing, snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up-paddling, 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 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.
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.
Do I have to stay for a 7 night retreat?
Not at all. We’ll be happy to have to stay with us for as long as you wish.
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 surrounding area that will make your trip well worthwhile.
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.
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.
What is a typical retreat like?
Click here to view an example of what a retreat week itinerary could look like. Please note, it is important to be flexible, as certain activities will vary depending on things such as the tidal swings we experience in Cambutal. This will, however, give you a general outline of the excitement and adventure you can expect at Sansara!
Can I get photos or video of my retreat?
Absolutely! Resort owner and professional photographer, Michael Phillips is on hand to make sure your moments are captured.
What’s included during retreats?
We have taken great care in creating all of our retreat packages. For more information on what’s included with each retreat, please check our retreats page.
What should I bring?
Here are a few things you may want to consider bringing with you to make the most out of your holiday:
• Yoga mats are readily available, but feel free to bring your own
• Surf boards are available, but feel free to bring your own
• A refillable water bottle
• Several swimsuits, sunglasses, and a hat
• Rain jacket (June – November)
• 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.
Many of the listed items are available from our neighboring surf shop (opening soon) in case you forget, run out or would rather purchase them here!
What’s included in the cabana?
Each of our beachfront cabanas is equipped with a full in-suite washroom, air conditioning, North American power outlets, mini fridge, and private patio. We have room options for up to 4 people; we offer different configurations, king sized beds, two queen beds, or a twin bed option- the choice is yours when you make your reservation. Our linens are sustainable high quality fibers, and all pillows are hypoallergenic. All reservations rates are based on double occupancy. The showers is stocked with complimentary organic soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
*Hairdryers and irons are available upon request at reception.
**All of our cabanas are beachfront with an exquisite ocean view.
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. Sansara is in an area with no cell reception, however just a short bike ride away at the start of the road, you will find full reception. 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?
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. Travellers 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. 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. We have 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.
Where can I dine?
Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort’s beautiful, inviting beach and pool front restaurant. The restaurant specializes in nutritious cuisine. You can see a sample menu here.
Experience the joy and flavor of dining on fish from just beyond the surf break, and fresh vegetables from the neighbor down the road. This is fresh, healthy living at its purest form. There are also local dining opportunities in the nearby village and town for those wishing for a night out.
Do you offer room service?
We do not offer in room dining, however a unique feature we 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. We ask for one day’s notice so we can prepare your picnic as best as possible.
Do you offer alcohol on the property?
Yes, we have a variety of alcoholic beverages available for purchase onsite.
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.
Do 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?
Our 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.
What time is check in and check out?
Check in is at 3:00 pm and check out is at 11:00 am.
Are children allowed at the resort?
Due to Sansara’s intimate size and nature, we cannot 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.
Do you have a swimming pool?
Our resort features a beautiful saltwater pool with views of our tropicals gardens and the Pacific Ocean.