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Pavones Surf Spot


Surfing Pavones

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Pavones SurfingSurf Spot: Pavones
Break Type: Point Break
Difficulty Level: All Surfers
Best Swell Direction: Southwest, South and Southeast
Ride Direction: Left
Tides: All Tides


Pavones is a perfect place for surf enthusiasts who want to pick up and ride long waves and large swells in seclusion. It has the world’s second longest wave – a left hand point break which on a good day you can ride for 2 to 3 minutes.  To turn on, Pavones requires a large swell. When it begins, it breaks for about 100-150m at low tide in the rivermouth.  During the high tide the La Esquina del Mar section breaks. The waves are sectioned in numbers that allow a surfer to carry out various maneuvers. The waves provide a long, continuous euphoric ride of two to three minutes. Best time to surf in Pavones is during the rainy season (from April to October) when the waves are at their peak. Often, the swells from Golfo Dulce block the waves and there are no surfs for weeks which often disappoint a large number of surfers but as soon as the swell hits, the long waves lure all the surfers back.

Nearby Surf Spots

Punta Banco

Punta Banco is located on the southern side of Pavones and can be accessed by a boat. It features a reef break with both rights and lefts. Surfers come to surf here when the surf spot of Pavones get too crowded. The best condition to surf occurs when the tide is mid or high with swells from the south or west.

Punta Burica

Punta Burica is located on a far off location on the border of Panama hidden away from the rest of the world. It presents powerful reef breaks with best conditions when a swell is from the south. The surf spot can accessed through a boat ride.

Playa Zancudo

This tranquil spot to the east has smaller waves at a long beach break, with very few surfers, and is a good choice if Pavones is too big or crowded.

More Info can be found in the Pavones Regional Surf Spots Guide

Area Description

Pavones is a small fishing town situated along Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It features one of the most thrilling and popular surf spots of the Costa Rica. Pavones is known for its seclusion and is a perfect haven for sporty travelers, especially couples, who are seeking a remote yet adventurous destination for their vacation. Surfers will find the town awesome and the big, challenging waves even more awesome. There are long stretches of deserted white sand beaches with verdurous rain forests on the backdrop offering a range of activities. Although, tourists will not find a plethora of stuff to do here, but surfing, sport fishing, kite surfing, canopy tours and horseback riding are quite popular. Pavones is a superb place to spend a quiet, laid back and fun holiday.

Pavones is a very isolated area and there are just a handful of options for accommodations. There are no bars, restaurants or any big stores and for this reason, all the hotels provide meals to their guests. Cabinas Hotel Mira Olas is a good place to stay for families and couples. The hotel provides elegant cabins with a large private restrooms and a fully stocked kitchen in the orchard. The rooms offer panoramic views of the ocean and the gardens which are frequently visited by a wide range of tropical birds and squirrel monkeys. For a more lavish stay, Cabinas La Ponderosa is a splendid place to stay. It features five cabins with sublime panoramas of the ocean. The rooms have an air conditioners, ceiling fans and a private bathroom with hot water supply.

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Surfing in Pavones

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