Pavones is located on the shores of the Burica Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Golfo Dulce, is home to one of the longest left breaking waves in the world. 1.5-kilometer rides and not unheard of. Formed by the natural curvature of the coastline, due to tectonic plates colliding, and the consistent sedimentary deposits from the Rio Claro de Pavones, making perfectly peeling waves when surfing conditions come together.

Life in Pavones encompasses the best of rustic Costa Rica. This tropical beachside paradise on the south Pacific coast serves as the perfect backdrop for peaceful living accompanied by some of the world’s best surfing. Given its remote location in Golfo Dulce, close to the border with Panama, surfers and naturalists will find a quiet beach community to unplug while surrounded by the nearby Burica rainforest reservation.

Known as a surfer’s haven, Pavones is a small community located along the southern Pacific Coast. Pavones isn’t just another Costa Rica surfer town – this region is home to some of the best, longest left waves in the world. The area is also surrounded by diverse wildlife in the lush rainforest nearby

Pavones with its close proximity to the Panamanian border and duty-free shopping offers the opportunity to purchase all of your needs at tax-free prices. Living in Pavones is uniquely more affordable than elsewhere in Costa Rica.


While land prices are relatively low, compared to Guanacaste or Hawaii, savvy buyers can still score a great deal on the prime real estate that they could later sell to a developer or develop themselves. It’s also a great opportunity to buy tropical real estate to build your dream home in a few years from now, once the influx of tourists and residents to Pavones has resulted in even more improved infrastructure and amenities.

Water is the key to life. The local ASADA, in cooperation with AyA, the Golfito Municipalidad and with generous land contributions by Recuperadora Tourista Del Sur,  is initiating a project to bring water from the hills of La Honda to the areas of Cocal Amarillo and Rio Claro de Pavones. Project completion is scheduled for the end of 2019 or early 2020. Public potable water will increase Pavones land values exponentially.

Safe investing, great pricing and improved infrastructure has increased Pavones’ popularity. It is the wave that first attracted people to the Pavones that will continue to do so for years to come.

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Local carrier Sansa offers daily flights into Puerto Jimenez and Golfito.

Golfito Airport: This is the most convenient because of its close proximity to Pavones. Rental cars are available in Golfito, and from here it is a two-hour drive on a dirt road to Pavones. A public bus also runs twice daily.

Puerto Jimenez Airport: This option is better for those who wish to see a bit of the Osa Peninsula on their way to Pavones. From Puerto Jimenez, a ferry runs twice daily to Golfito. From Golfito, it is a two-hour drive on a dirt road to Pavones.


Pavones does not have a dock, and as a result,  water landings are rare. Waves can reach enormous heights, so hiring a private boat can be a risky endeavor. Passengers should be prepared to get wet.


Buses depart San Jose for Golfito from the Tracopa station at 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (the 3:30 p.m. bus is direct). The trip takes about eight hours and costs $12. Tracopa Tel: 2222-2666. Buses to Pavones depart Golfito daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The trip lasts two and a half to three hours and costs $2.40.

To return to San Jose, buses depart Pavones daily at 5:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for Golfito. They depart Golfito in front of the Deposito Libre at 5:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The trip takes about eight hours and costs $12.


Take the Caldera highway from San Jose toward the central Pacific coast. Exit, following signs for Quepos/Manuel Antonio and continue on the Costanera Sur highway to Palmar Norte. Then you will get back on the Interamerican highway until Rio Claro. Continue south, turning left at the sign to Pavones – about nine miles before Golfito. At the Rio Coto, there is a Bailey bridge. From here, it is only about 30 minutes to Pavones.


A 4WD taxi costs between $60 and $70 from Golfito. To ensure availability, be sure to make arrangements at least a few hours in advance.