- Best surfing conditions:
- From April through November.
- Getting there by bus:
Transporte Morales, ph:223-5587 - Central Avenue, Streets 16 and 18
- Golfito:Tracopa, ph: 223-7685 - Avenue 18, Street 1 San Isidro del General, ph.:
223-3577 - Avenues 1 and 3, Street16
- Bahia Drakes
There are no roads to this beach;
access is only possible by boat.
Drakes is a non-polluted beautiful
realm, and its beach has white sand.
The place and its beauty will be
unforgettable. Fishing, kayaking and
horseback riding are available, as
well as surfing.
This is a unique, wild and special
place. There are not much options
for lodging. It can be reached by
car from Puerto Jiménez, or by boat
from Pavones. Best waves are a 15 to
25 minute walk through the forest
trails, where monkeys, toucans,
macaws, and other tropical wonders
can be spotted. Once on the beach
you can find three surfing spots:
- Back Wash - this is the first
beach you come up with. You will
need strong waves for surfing. There
is a large right breaking wave, a
bit slow, but still fun to ride.
- Pan Dulce - this is the most
beautiful spot along the beach. It
is a small white sand bay with lots
of vegetation. Good surfing is
possible even when waves are middle
sized, but action gets better as
waves increase. There is a right
breaking tubular wave fun to ride.
- Matapalo - this beach is at the
end of the long trail. It has some
of the most powerful waves breaking
over the right. Be careful, since
this is a dangerous beach when waves
Pavones has the largest wave in
Costa Rica. When the swell goes in
the right direction, you can connect
to different sections, for an 800
meters long ride. There are some
fast and solid left breaking waves.
When waves reach 4 feet high it
becomes fun to ride, but by 10 feet
you will have to be very careful.
Make sure you are in good health
condition, and that you have the
right board for big waves.
There are good restaurants and
lodging spots at Pavones.
- Punta Banco
This surfing spot has beach breaks
over coral reef, with waves both
left and right. Punta Banco sits 3
km south of Pavones. It turns into a
good option when waves at Pavones
are too small, or the sea is too
crowded. Lodging and places to eat
- Punta Burica
This is the last beach to the south
on the Pacific coast. No road leads
to this place, so you will have to
take a boat. We strongly recommend
to go with friends to best enjoy
surfing at this spot.