After travelling to Costa Rica for over the past 8 years, I've had the chance to visit the paradise of Pavones the last two years...it truely is heaven on earth. The people, environment, and story of Pavones is a great one. I recently found a website that tells the story of Dan Fowlie...the true founder of Pavones...and thought I'd share it with all of you. Check out the movies and articles written about this magical place...oh yea the wave ain't so bad either
Easiest way is to fly into Golfito but since I have a place in Jaco we drive. We stay in Dominical for a night and surf there then head down to Pavones. Jaco to Dominical is a nice 2 hour drive and Dominical to Pavones is a 4 to 5 hour drive. Of course there is never any hurry...the roads are in great shape and paved most of the way. Once you get to the town of Rio Claro and you make the turn towards Golfito and after about 15 minutes you hang a hard left towards Pavones...this is the end of the paved road. From the turn off all the way to Pavones, the road is a combination of dirt, rock, graded gravel, and anything else you can think of...its a fun drive though. This part of the trip is about 1 1/2 hours...4X4 highly recommeded!
Ah... My favorite wave in the world. We drove down from dominical in 2010. We caught it big and perfect thanks to the grounds keeper of the house we rented, this tico named Alan and his brother Gato took us down there and we SCORED. He said they had maybe seen it that good two or three other times in their lives. This word gets overused a lot, but it was "epic". I'll be going back one day.
The drive wasn't bad at all aside from the 6 foot wide wooden bridges and knee deep river crossing. Took about 3 1/2 hours I think. I bet in the rainy season ( summer / early fall) the place is a mess.
I camped infront of the take off point in 01. Had been in country for a week and hadn't talked to the wifey. It was dusk and My "friend" told me to cross the river, go thru the jungle, across a soccer field to a soda. I said, I'll take the truck, drive around. when I got to the road, there was a giant snake stretched all the way across. thick as my arm with a diamond pattern on it. could tell which end was which until it started moving. I asked a guide in Carate weeks later who told me it was a Mata Buey (ox killer) also known as Bush Master.
Needs a big south so obviously in the summer would be best time to go.
I went last year and ended up going across the bay to Matapalo on the Osa Peninsula which was unbelievable. As a swell arrived people came out of the woodwork at Pavones and it was over 100 people spread down the point.
We went across to Matapolo and the crowd was very light. There are 3 perfect right hand point breaks which one, Pan Dulce, once it got close to double overhead resembled Punta Roca/Rincon. 300 yard rights..