Pavones surfer's destination located in the south of Costa Rica. The point of entry is usually Golfito which is the most southern port town; it located across from the Osa Peninsula on the Golfo Dulce.
Golfito has long been known to surfers as the gateway to Pavones, just to the south, and to sport fishermen as the year round sport fishing meca. However recently Golfito has become the gateway to Costa Rica’s newest attraction Eco-Lodges, Eco Lodges are all about being a small hotel or lodge that blends into its environment while offering its visitors an opportunity to view its natural surroundings with the least amount of impact to the environment. History The history of Golfito is an interesting one because the conquest of Costa Rica started here in 1519, when the Spaniards arrived from Panama. During colonial times, it was a small, dormant, fishing town few people cared about. Up until 1919, most inhabitants where of Colombian (later Panamanian) origin. The town of Golfito, and surrounding communities, boomed during the banana business years (1935-1985), but it felt victim of its mono-business dependency, when United Brands (formely United Fruit) closed its banana operations, and concentrated only in African oil palm. A major labor strike prompted United Brands to switch completely to palm, which requires subtantially less labor. The city is now slowly recovering partly due to tourism and not bananas. Five years after United Brands’s departure the Costa Rican government opened a Duty Free shopping center in an effort to bring the city back to life. Today Golfito is a popular destination for Tico's (Costa Rican’s) who are looking for a bargain on large appliances and electronics.
You can take Tracopa buses that leave from San Jose to Golfito, once in Golfito take the bus to Pavones. The bus from Golfito runs once a day leaving Golfito at 11:00 AM every day take into consideration that riding the bus takes some time since the road to Pavones is not paved.
Once in Golfito take a 4x4 taxi to Pavones (surfer's destination), Paso Canoas (Costa Rica-Panama's border), Conte, La Gamba, Punta Banco, among others. Roads are usually non paved, 4x4 taxis are recommended. Driving time from Paso Canoas to from to Golfito takes about 1 hour, price $50. Driving time from Golfito to Pavones is usually 2 hours, price $80.
Taxi Golfito 4X4 provides comfortable and reliable 4x4 taxis with A/C. The posted phone number is (506) 8874-9325 English and Spanish,.
Seeing monkeys, sloth, blue morpho butterflies, tucans, macaws, lizards, iguanas among others.
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There are two small supermercados in Pavones located right next to eachother near the downtown. There are a few sodas in town (around 8 usd per plate), a great barbecue place (10 usd per plate) which boasts ribs and fresh caught tuna steaks on Monday nights, in addition to a few more upscale restaurants (20 usd per plate) that offer such things as pizza, good cuts of steak, and gnocchi.
There is a Saturday market down by the soccer field and marina where locals sell everything from handmade ice cream to fresh squeezed orange-turmeric juice, crafts and fresh caught fish.
Various food and fruit stands pop up during the day near the main surf beach and other spots on the beach road.
There are many locals who rent houses for short and extended stays such as Villa Pavones house and cabina. The house has several bedrooms, a spacious cabina, huge porch, beautiful outdoor showers, and a private pool and is just a 2 minute walk to the beach.
There are also multiple small hotel cabinas right by the beach such as La Ponderosa which offers several cabina sizes, a pool, and meals for good prices.
As is standard for Costa Rica, camping on the beach is common for both tourists and locals vacationing on Pavones' great beaches.
Just to the south at Pavones and across the gulf at Cabo Matapalo surfers have long known of amazing waves that roll in. To get to Pavones you can either fly into Golfito Domestic Airport and take the bus or take a 4WD taxi. The road from Golfito to Pavones requires 4 WD.