What to do in Pavones

What to do in Pavones

Although Pavones is known for having the Second Longest Left in Costa Rica; the area offers many different activities for surfers, birdwatchers, hikers and nature lovers. Tourists flock to Pavones in droves each year to enjoy the beauty of the area and yet remains quiet and quaint. Pavones lies within the Southern Zone of Costa Rica just to the South of Golfito. The nearby VIllages are Punta Banco, Pilon and Zancudo. Each have their unique personalities that draw in surfers from all over the world and offer additional amazing adventures.



The rocky landscape on the shores of  Playa Pavones are full of small beaches that are separated by a picturesque outcropping or a point in the shoreline. There’s little development along the coast which has preserved the natural beauty of the area. With all buildings set off the beach, you can truly see where the jungle meets the ocean just like it has for thousands of years. The unique rocky outcroppings allow several tide pools to form which are hosts to exotic creatures that make them their home. The tide pools are also a great place to cool off in the hot afternoon.

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The points that separate the various beaches do something wonderful for the surfers. They create the amazing surf that the area is known for..

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Punta Banco is located two and a half miles south of Pavones. The tide pools are phenomenal at low to mid tides and the sand and rock surf breaks are super fun. The waves typically like a mid to high tide and offer a variety of different type or conditions for all level of surfers.

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A very fun and accessible activity is exploring the tidepools of Punta Banco. There is a variety ways to enjoy the tidepools, whether it be exploring from above, snorkeling from below or floating and swimming from within. The tidepools are enjoyed at low or medium low tides. They are right off the main road and easy to see when you get to the Punta Banco area.

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Quiet area on the bottom of the bay with a long sweeping wave that is perfect for the beginner surfer. The quiet bay is nice for swimming, fishing, riding a SUP or kayak. Opens up into the beautiful, empty white sand beaches of Langostino Bay. The fishing village of Pilon is a great place to charter a fishing trip or just purchase some from fishermen when they come in.



This beautiful long sandy beach peninsula is located just a few miles north of Pavones and just south of Golfito. There are miles and miles of un-populated beaches that are simply jaw dropping! The Saltwater Sport Fishing in the Golfito is incredible! The ‘un-crowded’ Surfing Scene right out the front door is a dream come true!

There is an active beach community and the beach break waves can get quite fun. Because of its location, visitors and residents can enjoy wide open and often empty beaches at Playa Zancudo.

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As great as the waves are; there is equally world class sportfishing as well. Golfo Dulce is a haven for the serious sport fishers. Inshore, you can plan on catching roosterfish snapper, jack, mackerel, pompano, grouper and the barracuda. Offshore, you can encounter the dorado, marlin, yellowfin and wahoo. Charter fishing boats can be found at Rio Claro, Pilon, Zancudo and Golfito. If you want to catch fish, we have the best captain available for you out of Pavones CONTACT US FOR INFORMATION

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There is another “side” to Zancudo that not enough people take advantage of when they ‘Visit Zancudo’. Just across the little dirt road from that World Class Remote Beach is an amazing Mangrove Estuary right out of a Jungle Book Movie!

With a few hours of paddling around in a Kayak through this Tropical Wonderland you are in awe of it’s tranquility and soul mending beauty!! Our favorite kayak tour is Zancudo West with Taylor & Emily. Tell them International Surf Properties sent you.


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On many Saturdays you can find the Zancudo market with local vendors selling their creations at the Mosquito Bar. Check Pavones Social for market schedules.

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Sol y Mar… Sun and Sea. This is a friendly, laid-back place with a casual and relaxing atmosphere appealing to guests looking for someplace unique in an intimate beachfront setting. This is the gathering spot for many of the locals, tourists and Ticos. The Sol Y Mar’s volleyball court plays host to the weekly horseshoe tournaments and spirited volleyball games.

During the season which typically starts around Christmas time, there will be horseshoes at the Sol y Mar Bar & Restaurant. These are casual games and everyone is always invited to join.




Hiking up the Rio Claro is one of Pavones’ most popular and relaxing activities. Monkeys play along the riverbank, and the refreshing waters are perfect for swimming. The estuary where the Rio Claro flows into the Golfo Dulce is known as “The Point,” and is a wonderful place to watch surfers effortlessly glide across enormous waves.

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Driving over the bridge to Punta Banco, a small waterfall with a swimming hole can be found on the left hand side.


A 100-foot waterfall is situated just a short hike away from the Tiskita Biological Reserve. These cool waters are ideal for a quick dip.



Amazing tour of a 60′ waterfall with incredible vistas of the coastline, heavy monkey habitat, sloth territory and an assortment of rare and indigenous flora and fauna. Ricar and Frie do an amazing job of showing visitors what living in Costa Rica is all about. They offer everything from surfing lessons to special jungle hikes with waterfalls and tidepools. They also do indigenous indian tribe tours as well as snorkeling and beach tours. Live the authentic Costa Rican experience. CONTACT US FOR INFORMATION





At sunrise, travelers can partake in the five hour hike to the Guaymi Indian Reserve. This indigenous tribe lives at varying altitudes along southern Costa Rica and Panama. They are permitted to cross the border freely, which is exactly what they do each year when the Costa Rican coffee harvest is ripe. The Guaymi are a fairly self sufficient people, with each community growing their own crops – mostly corn, yucca, beans and rice. Many men work on cattle farms, and women sell handmade crafts like cloth bags, woven hats, colorful dolls and traditional jewelry.


The Tiskita Biological Reserve offers exceptional birding and hiking throughout 800 acres of raw nature – 300 of which are primary rainforests. Run by the well-known biologist Peter Aspinall, the property is home to over 125 species of tropical fruit trees, 270 species of bird, and 60 species of butterfly. A number of conservation projects are in place at Tiskita, helping to recover endangered wildlife like scarlet macaws, peccaries and sea turtles.


The Corcovado National Park is a wild experience and you will see nature in all its splendor, You may encounter a tapir on the beach or watch a herd of peccaries (sainos). You can often observe the fins of a bull shark as it enters the river. It seems to be a  scene from an adventure film. It could be a part of your reality if you visit the Corcovado National Park which features 2.5% of the biodiversity of the world. It is an experience for environment lovers who want to venture and are willing to travel paths with a certain degree of difficulty to witness the wonders of nature.


Formerly considered a part of the legendary Corcovado National Park, Piedras Blancas is home to a mind-boggling array of plant and animal life. The area receives around 200 inches of rainfall per year, creating an incredibly lush habitat for a species list that is almost identical to Corcovado’s. Rescue organizations committed to scarlet macaws and wild cats have a great deal of success inside the park, mostly due to its extreme isolation. Peccaries, poison dart frogs, howler monkeys, crocodiles, and over 330 bird species inhabit the zone. Piedras Blancas is best reached by boat from Golfito, which is about a two hour drive from Pavones.





The Pavones area has world class waves. The main point of Rio Claro being one of the longest left points in the world! There are also a variety of other surf breaks including Punta Banco, Pilon, Zancudo, Matapalo and many more. If you are in need of surf lessons or a surf guide CONTACT US FOR INFORMATION

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The crystal clear waters of the Gulf make for some amazing diving moments. It is always easiest to bring your own mask and snorkel but if you don’t want to travel with them, there are options available for rent or purchase here in the area.

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The amazing Southern and Northern humpbacks can be found in Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce nutrient-rich waters. Costa Rica’s coastal waters also support many marine mammals, including spotted, bottlenose and spinner dolphins, whale sharks, rays, and the real star of the Southern Pacific coast: humpback whales. Because humpbacks from the northern and southern hemispheres migrate to the waters around the Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce, you’ll have a good chance of spotting these gentle giants nearly year-round.


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