We just found out, that we didn’t publish any pictures or reports from Pavones, Costa Rica. Our camera was broken, so most of the pictures from this report we took with the camera of a friend.
Anyway, here some facts about the amazing wave in Pavones. Pavones is situated in the ‘deep-south’ of Costa Rica, on the southern side of the Gulfo Dulce, nearest town of any size (!) Golfito. Six to eight hours from San Jose. Pavoness is 2 hrs south of Golfito. There is a bus service, rental cars and 4×4 taxis.
The wave needs a BIG southern swell, as the set up is a long wrap around a ‘Raglan’ like beach of boulders. This is a great wave if you catch it when it is working. It goes on forever, supposedly it is the second longest lefthander in the world (just after Chicama in Peru, which was amazing, too).
Pavones is one of the best left points we have surfed so far. There are even some other decento breaks south to Punta Banco. The natural beauty of this place is indescribable. There is great fishing ofshore and 3 excellent breaks on the other side,of the bay.
But keep in mind, it definitely is a great place if the wave is working, but you are out in the middle of nowhere if it is not.
Pavones is one of those spots you do true soul surfing in,looking at the rain forest from the water is an awesome experience,the sounds of the insects,at night the fireflies and latin music through the air… well, we got it nice and can recommend that place basically to everyone that isn’t travelling just for partying.