South Pacific Info and Map
The South Pacific
Costa Rica's South Pacific Zone is the most remote, and wild of the six zones. It includes all of the surf spots in the Osa Peninsula, an incredibly beautiful and exotic place that is mostly protected tropical rainforest, down to Pavones and Punta Buruca on the border of Panama. Getting to these spots can be difficult and an adventure in themselves and the waves can be fickle but when they go off, they really go off. Breaks like Matapalo and Backwash can be epic when they are big and when Pavones is working it's like a machine. Just imagine 2 minute rides where you then leave the water to walk back to the takeoff spot.
The splendor of the natural beautiful beauty of the area can be overwhelming. Beside the waves, the lush rainforests, majestic mountains, rugged coastline with giant volcanic rocks protruding up from the ocean. and the ocean of stars visible in the night sky are some of what make this zone a place that you will always remember.
The South Pacific Zone used to be extremely difficult to access, but with the completion of the San Jose-Caldera Highway and resurfacing, as well as the construction of new bridges, access has become much more friendly. It is a relatively easy drive to both Drake Bay or Puerto Jimenez (the probable first destination for the southern Osa breaks) or Pavones and is about a 3 hours drive from Dominical, or 5 hours from Playa Jaco. Puerto Jimenez is a little like an old west town full of colorful and interesting people (some a little on the outlaw side). It is also the place to catch a boat to places like Punta Buruca It is worth a nights stay before heading to your surf destination or on your way out.
Costa Rica's South Pacific Zone is well worth the effort and time to visit.
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