Located in the Golfo Dolce, Costa Rica Pavones is one of the longest and best left hand points in the world. It offers up long, at times sectiony, and at times hollow walls that can link up for up to 600 meters. It breaks over a rock and sand bottom, quite close to shore. This spot is very sheltered and does not break often, needing a massive swell to make it into the gulf. Locals are notorious for beating the super fast outside section, letting them take off deeper than everyone else. Low tide the wave breaks up the point and at high it breaks further down better. At certain tides and swells these sections can link up for rides up to 1 km, yes 1 km. Jelly legs are the biggest issue here.
What are the best surf conditions for Pavones?
Gets good between waist high and triple overhead. We recommend riding a longboard when smaller and a shortboard then step up as the size picks up. This break is suitable for intermediate and advanced level surfers. The surf here is not consistent (4/10) and will have a big crew on it (8/10). The best winds are from the Northeast. The best swells are from the South and Southwest and massive. Works through the tide.
We recommend wearing boardshorts or a bikini year round. Water temperatures range between 29 and 28. See the temperature chart below for more data on this.