Pavones Travel Guide

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Pavones Overview

Pavones is almost as far south as you can go in Costa Rica!
Only Punta Banco lies between here and Panama and it takes around 8 hours to get here, on the bus from San Jose.

Pavones is a town with a 'split personality' disorder!
For much of the time, it masquerades as a sleepy fishing village, however...when the waves are good and a swell is in town, expect to see the population explode from nowhere!
All of a sudden, the place is transformed, with both Tico's and surf fanatics from all over the world making pilgrimage to the 'surfing mecca', hoping to ride the legendary left hander! (Reputedly, THE longest left hand wave in the World!) On a good day, you can ride a single wave for distances of up to 1 kilometre!

There are lots of places to stay here; Hostels & Hotels to suit all budgets.

Food wise, you can either eat where you sleep, or locally, with Costa Rican, Italian & Mexican options all available. A pulperia, (general store) and small Supermarket sell snacks and International Phonecards for use at the payphones in town. There is also a Surf shop where you can rent and buy boards and 'bits' and a Souvenir Store, where you can buy...duh...souvenirs!

Bring cash, as there are no ATM's or banks in the area! (Colones better, but dollars are accepted).

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Punta Banco is a 200 person strong village, south of Pavones. It is accessible by either walking from Pavones (90 minutes) or by driving (30 minutes) along a pothole-ridden and often wet dirt…
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