Introduction – Surfing Pavones
Best Times: May ~ November
Pavones is one of Costa Rica’s most famous surf breaks offering one of the world’s longest lefts…
… which on a good day, can connect for 2 – 3 minute rides. The wave has several sections which allow for carving, pumping and, of course, showing off for the folks sipping on their Imperials at the Cantina at the end of the break. This area is extremely remote and if you can catch it on a good day, the logistical nightmares surrounding your arrival will be well worth it.
However, there are many things to consider before traveling to Pavones. Due to its location on the interior of the Golfo Dulce, it is blocked from many swells and can go for weeks with no surf. Moreover, once the swell hits, it is common to see a large crowd of international travelers (+ the protective locals) battling for position. We recommend not going here until you know there is surf… because once you get there, it’s a long way back!
Access to Pavones is achieved via a paved road all the way down south or fly into Golfito (no boards over 7ft) and catch a cab down to Pavones.
This area is extremely remote and if you can catch it on a good day, the logistical nightmares surrounding your arrival will be well worth it.
The legendary Pavones… point break left, with great distance in rides – almost .75 miles. Yes, that’s miles. Obviously, one of the longer breaks in the world. This break is erratic but when it’s good, it’s reaaally good.
A reef break with rights and lefts located just south of Pavones. Good place to check out if Pavones is too small or too crowded. Best conditions at mid to high tide with a swell from the south, or west (L & S).
Access By Boat Only (South).
Welcome to the end of the world. Very, remote & powerful reef breaks located on the very tip of Costa Rica on the border of Panama. Accessible only by boat. Best conditions with a swell from the south or SSW.
Things to Do
If you plan on doing anything other than surfing, reading and meditating, there are a few, but limited options. Pavones is host to several restaurants, a couple of grocery stores/markets, and a hardware store. A local has also tipped us that most stores now also accept credit cards. The Sea Kings Surf Shop also offers internet service for those in need!
With that said, Pavones area is relatively remote and most of the available power here is provided by solar energy.
Things to Consider
Respect the locals is a mantra that can go a long way to ensuring you have a pleasant trip.