Casa Colonial Panasurf is a cute hideout on the main street of Panajachel, one of the towns in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. This hotel is vibrant, airy, and oozes a welcoming warmth like its owner, JC.
JC’s story is captivating. At the age of 18, he surfed from his hometown of Southern California to Central America. While in Guatemala, a series of unexpected events led to his ownership of property just east of Lake Atitlan.
It wasn’t until the past 5 years that JC and his wife decided to create a space for travelers on this almost-forgotten property. And like the confidence JC uses to receive the unanticipated, Casa Colonial Panasurf is a space full of positive vibes, good energy, and adventure.
Casa Colonial Panasurf, Panajachel Guatemala
Located at Calle Monte Rey, Panajachel, this three-story building has a reception floor that doubles as a surfboard storage space. 2-meters in length, the pieces stood towering over the ground floor. Its colors beautifully complimented the bright-yellow interiors of the building.
This family-friendly hotel is equipped with a kitchen, laundry services, free WIFI, and 24-hour security surveillance cameras. It also locks its main doors at night, which is a huge plus for solo female travelers like myself.
Although the ground floor was still under construction during my visit, this cozy space had all the necessary amenities. All the rooms were equipped with a TV and a private bathroom. The designs were modest, and the bed perfect for a restful stay.
Paddle Boarding with Panasurf Atitlan
To amplify the hotel’s relaxing atmosphere and provide additional options for guests, JC tells me that he is building a yoga studio on the rooftop of Panasurf. His enthusiasm for yoga is noted with 4-hours of practice each morning.
But this isn’t his only passion.
As the name of the hotel, JC is also an avid surfer.
I can barely paddle around the waters, and couldn’t imagine falling into Lake Atitlan without some repercussions in mind.
But all my fears turned into excitement once we arrived at the beach.
With decades of surfing experience under his belt, JC couldn’t have been a better instructor. He guided us through an hour-long introduction of the boards and a much-needed stretching session, before teaching me ways of navigating my board.
Alongside a few of his puppies, we cruised down to Santa Catarina. And I stayed dry the whole way!
Gorgeous waters, beautiful weather, and surrounded by distant volcanoes and stunning scenery. I’d recommend anyone to give it a try!
Panasurf Atitlan offers a number of packages. From SUP Yoga to SUP Wakesurfing, there is a range of options for those seeking adventure. Although inflatable boards are an option, most of these surfboards are hardwood, which offers a much more stable alternative for beginners like myself.
Or, why not relax on the boards and simply enjoy the view?
JC also works closely with the local government and non-profit organizations. His yearly surfing lessons for the disabled has been a significant mark in Panajachel. The organizations he helps include With 30+ years of experience in the area, he’s definitely the go-to for all you need to know when traveling this beautiful region!
With the intention of promoting health, wellness, and family-fun on paddleboards, JC and his team will also be launching GuateSUP this week. They are offering a free night stay at Casa Colonial with the purchase of a SUP tour!
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