Pavones Costa Rica – A little town with a long wave

After we left Nosara and did some maintenance on Titus, we cruised down to another famous beach town in southern Costa Rica; Pavones. We loved the beaches and natural setting of Pavones so much, that I wanted to give it its own short post, to encourage anyone who is visiting Costa Rica to make the trek out there.

Pavones’ claim to fame is that it has the longest surfable wave in Costa Rica and they claim the 2nd longest left in the world. However, which we discovered, there needs to be a pretty powerful swell to get the wave to actually work and connect up for the legendary 2 minute rides

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Pavones was one of the most peaceful places we've been to


When we were there, there wasn’t much swell and the town felt really peaceful. I’m told that when there is a big swell the town really fills up. Unlike in Nosara, it is very easy to camp along`the beach, and we found a wonderful grassy spot along the shore. It was definitely the best free camping site we’ve found since Baja.

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Pretty happy with our camp spot

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We spent the week here, it was amazing

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Beautiful sunsets in Pavones overlooking the Osa Peninsula in the background

Unfortunately, the waves were very small. But the upside was that I found myself almost alone in the water. It was still so fun to be out there in such a beautiful setting.

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Surfing a small wave at Pavones, all alone

There isn’t much in town but for some reason we felt really at home here: 3-4 restaurants, a bar, a small surf shop and a couple of little markets. Jenine was able to do yoga at Shooting Star Yoga which has a great studio in town:

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Jenine found Shooting Star Yoga studio

We brought most of our food into Pavones, which is smart because everything in Pavones is pricey, as the town is pretty remote. It is about an hour drive from the main highways. Also, the talk of the town is this new condo development going up right in front of the surf break called Pavones Point. The Condos are priced at $500K and up, and will likely bring a lot more people to the waves here.

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A huge condo development is coming to Pavones. Right in front of the surf break. $500K+ condos. That will definitely change the vibe

After an amazing relaxing week in Pavones. We set out for a new country – Panama and the cool islands of Bocas Del Toro.

More pics:

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On the way to Pavones, we stopped at an amazing national park: Marino Ballena in Uvita Costa Rica

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Camping El Chaman - Marino Ballena National Park, Uvita Costa Rica.

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On arriving in Pavones, we found this amazing beach front camp site

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Camping in Pavones

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Pretty happy with our camp spot

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We spent the week here, it was amazing

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Pavones was one of the most peaceful places we've been to

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Sunset Pavones

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The beaches in Pavones were stunning

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The famous Pavones break, tiny empty waves when we were there

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Scarlet Macaws in Pavones

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A huge condo development is coming to Pavones. Right in front of the surf break. $500K+ condos. That will definitely change the vibe

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Surfing a small wave at Pavones

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Jenine's Yoga studio

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Looking for any waves, alone in Pavones

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2 comments on “Pavones Costa Rica – A little town with a long wave
  1. Jane Meredith says:

    That yoga studio looks heavenly!

  2. Daysia says:

    Hot damn, loniokg pretty useful buddy.