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Pavones is a small surf town made famous by its legendary left break, which is said to be the second-longest in the world (the first being off the coast of Peru). The name actually means “turkeys” in Spanish, for the wild turkeys that inhabit the area (known in English by the more regal name of the Great Curassow).

Pavones first began to develop touristically in the 1970s, when wealthy Californian Dan Fowlie, who had discovered the amazing left several years before, purchased the majority of the land there. Fowlie then set about bringing in building materials and machinery to establish an infrastructural base for the town, including schools, churches, the medical center, the soccer field and most of the roads. Since that time tourist infrastructure has continued to grow, although some of the original amenities, such as the roads, have begun to deteriorate

Pavones, though primarily known for its beach, is also surrounded by lush rain forest, making it conducive to activities such as nature hikes and horseback rides as well as surfing. Further up the road – about half an hour by bike – is the tiny community of Punta Banco, which has a reef break with lefts and rights (best at high tide) and makes a nice day trip.


Other places nearby Pavones: Zancudo, Parque Nacional Piedras Blancas, Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Sierpe, Carate, Parque Nacional Corcovado, Cabo Matapalo, Golfito, Ciudad Neily and Coco Island National Park.

By Laura Granfortuna
I've always had the travel bug - maybe it's because I've been traveling around with my family since I was an infant, but mainly I think it's because...
15 Dec 2008

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Horse Treks and Guayami Indian Reservation

Finca Estrella, located near Pavones in Cuervito, offers four hour or all-day horseback tours. The four hour tour is $30 per person and goes from the Finca down the beach and then back along the ...
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Pavones is said to have the second-longest wave in the world–or the second-longest left, depending on who you talk to–around 2 kilometers. This ideal wave is hard to catch, relying on a large ...
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