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Pavones, Costa Rica - Life in Pavones.  Blog about life in Pavones from surfing, meeting the locals, local businesses, activities, town events, news, flora and fuana to wildlife and more.

  • Pavones, Costa Rica – August 2nd, 2012

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    August 2nd, 2012 – Pavones, Costa Rica

    Getting to Pavones

    Photo of Cocal Bridge taken on July 26th, 2012

    Pavones - For those of you who are planning on making a trip down to Pavones in the next month or two we want to give you a heads up regarding the Cocal bridge located 10 minutes before Pavones.  Back in August of 2011, the concrete bridge had cracked and was a main conversation here in the areas regarding on getting this fixed or replaced.  The bridge was cracked/broke for just under a year before the municipality of Golfito decided that it was time to fix it before it completely failed.  

    Finally in June 2012, they tore the bridge down and erected a temporary bridge in the mean time.  Now not to get our hopes up, we all know that this could take some time before the new bridge is completed.   We are all taking bets here in town to see how long it will take before the new bridge is completed.  

    The temporary bridge might pose an inconvenience to travelers or locals who are driving 4×4′s as there are height and width restrictions to drive accross the bridge.  This is due to the fact that this is a temporary bridge and they do not want bigger/heavier trucks to cross.  But they made the restrictions too little as the height clearance is only 7 feet 1 inch (See photos below) and width clearance of 9 feet 11 inches .  This poses a problem for those who travel with surfboards on top of the vehicle or those who have a taller vehicle.   So make sure you are ready to take down your boards or at least measure the height of your vehicle before you try to cross the bridge!!

    The clearance not only effects tourists but it also effects the locals who live here.  Take for instance buses, trash trucks, and food vendors.  Buses have to let out the pedestrians one one side of the bridge walk across and get on another bus waiting on the other side.  The trash trucks who pick up trash here in Pavones every Monday morning (before 6:00 am ) can no longer make it into town so locals have to take their own trash from here to the bridge drop it off on the other side so the trash trucks can pick it up there.  Lastly most food vendors who supply the supermarkets and restaurants in town have to come up with alternative transportation methods (smaller vehicles) in order continue providing their supplies as necessary.

    As you can see, living in paradise does create certain challenges that most tourists and foreigners don’t think about.  We are constantly faced with different challenges and obstacles that we must adapt to in order to continue living in such an amazing and remote place in the world.  

    We will be monitoring the bridge and giving you updates on the progress of the bridge.  We are hoping that it gets completed soon.  Stay tuned.

    Getting to Pavones

    Temporary Cocal Bridge – As you can see the height and width restrictions made by metal piping. Height restriction is 7 feet 1 inch and Width restriction is 9 feet 11 inches.
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  • Pavones, Costa Rica – July 29th, 2012

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    July 29th, 2012 – Pavones, Costa Rica

    Pavones – The swell backed off a bit today unfortunately as we hoped that we would have another day of bigger surf.  This morning was clean but a little inconsistent.  Waves were in the waist to shoulder high range with a few head high sets rolling through.  It was still a fun day ans super clean this morning.

    If you are looking for a place to stay please contact us and we’ll find you the perfect place for your trip.

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  • Pavones, Costa Rica – July 28th, 2012

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    July 12, 2012 – Pavones, Costa Rica

    Pavones - Surf was fun today as we had good conditions most of the morning.  Wave heights  ranged from shoulder to overhead as the size picked up gradually throughout the day.  Here are some shots from today’s action.

    If you are looking for a place to stay please contact us and we’ll find you the perfect place for your trip.

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  • Pavones, Costa Rica – July 26th 2012

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    July 26th, 2012 – Pavones, Costa Rica

    If you get to travel this way to Pavones this time of year you might be able to get your hands on a rare exotic fruit found here in Southern Costa Rica called Mangosteen (Scientific name is Garcina mangostana). Mangosteen has been regarded as one of the most delicious and best flavored fruits in the world.  This fruit is believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas (Indonesia).  Mangosteen has also been called “The Queen of Fruit” and the “food of the Gods” in some parts of the world.

    Exotic Fruit in Costa Rica - Mangosteen

    It takes approximately 7-10 years for the mangosteen to bear fruit.  Once the tree matures to its full growth (20 – 80 feet in height) it can yield on average up to 500 mangosteen fruits per harvest. The fruit itself has a purple rind with a juicy soft white flesh in 4-8 segments (edible part).  The fruit in its entirety ranges from 2 to 3 inches in diameter, about the size of a tangerine.  When the fruit is ripe, the rind becomes soft and can be opened  by twisting the rind with your hands.  Be careful because the rind can stain your hands purple.  

    In addition to its rich taste, mangosteen is also regarded as a super fruit and has been uses as medicinal purposes for hundreds of years.  The fruit, fruit juice, rind, twig, and bark are used as medicine.  Mangosteen is used for anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidents, intestinal infections, urinary tract infections, diarrhea, cancer, osteoarthritis, menstual disorders and contains more than 40 xanthones.  Check out this page for more health benefits of mangosteen.

    In 2007 the United States lifted the ban on mangosteen to allow imports of this tropical fruit.  But don’t be surprised to find this at just any grocery store and expect to pay up to $45/pound!  

    You can find these fruits at the Costa Rican/Panamanian border at certain fruit stands.  If you’re lucky and meet the right people in town, they could get you some of this exotic fruit in Pavones.  If you have an opportunity to get your hands on mangosteen, you must do so!  It might be the best fruit you’ve ever tasted!

    Tropical Fruits in Costa Rica

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  • Pavones, Costa Rica – July 23rd, 2012

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    July 23rd, 2012 – Pavones, Costa Rica

    Pavones - We are finally getting some decent surf after a long period of not much surf. We should be getting some fun surf all week.  This morning was a little choppy but still fun surf.  Size was around chest to shoulder high.  Its been overcast and rainy the past few days but lets hope the weather favors off shore winds so we can surf all day!

    If you are looking for a place to stay please contact us and we’ll find you the perfect place for your trip.

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  • Pavones, Costa Rica – June 4th, 2012

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    June 4th, 2012 – Pavones, Costa Rica

    Pavones – The long wait of some good surf ended yesterday as we had some really good conditions in the morning.  Surf was in the chest to head high range with occasional sets overhead at the point.  The inside bay was working really well and generating some fun little barrels.  A lot of the locals were getting some good little barrel rides.

    If you are looking for a place to stay please contact us and we’ll find you the perfect place for your trip.

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    This morning was epic, we had some great weather and great waves.  Just another day in paradise!

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    Noe pulling in.

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    Clean shoulder high wave.

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    Where did Leon go?  This is one of two barrels he came in and out of on this one wave.

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    This tourist caught a fun one.

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    Billy from Casa Tranquillo getting some shade on a very hot day!

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    Noe creating shadows.

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    I think the guy on this boat was contemplating going back out after seeing this un-ridden wave roll by.

     

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  • Pavones, Costa Rica – May 16th, 2012

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    May 16th, 2012 – Pavones, Costa Rica

    Pavones - We had some good conditions today as we had shoulder to head high + waves.  Wind was light most of the morning and onshore with some chop in the afternoon although we still had some fun surf throughout the day.   

    If you are looking for a place to stay please contact us and we’ll find you the perfect place for your trip.

     

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  • Pavones, Costa Rica – May 3rd, 2012

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    May 3rd, 2012 – Pavones, Costa Rica

    Pavones – Fun surf today with fair conditions.  The surf today was in the chest to head high range.  There was a good crowd today and waves seemed to be closing out with lots of different sections and breaks.  

    If you are looking for a place to stay please contact us and we’ll find you the perfect place for your trip.

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  • Pavones, Costa Rica – April 30th, 2012

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    April 30th, 2012 – Pavones, Costa Rica

    Pavones – We had some fun surf today as we had good surfing conditions in the morning.  Surf was shoulder to head high + with occasional overhead sets.   Wind started to blow onshore mid-morning but surfing conditions were still fun all day.

    If you are looking to find a place to stay in Pavones, please contact us and we’ll find you the perfect accommodations.

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  • Pavones, Costa Rica – April 20th, 2012

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    April 20th, 2012 – Pavones, Costa Rica

    Pavones – The swell peaked today providing wave heights in the shoulder to overhead + range. The surf was glassy in the early morning but tide was heading out quick.  Wind turned onshore mid-morning again but conditions remained good and the surf was fun all day.  Surf should drop in the next few days but should still be pretty fun.

    If you are looking for a place to stay please contact us and we’ll find you exactly what you are looking for.

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