Ours is a serenely magical village: stepping out of time, one enters a land forgotten by globalization, where the horse is as likely a form of transportation as a motorcycle or four-wheeler, with cars a distant fourth option.
Located at the southern entrance to the Golfo Dulce ("Sweet Gulf"), Pavones is a quaint, charming, and traditional Costa Rican town complete with centrally located soccer field across from the local canteen. Our proximity to the Osa Peninsula means we have the same abundant wildlife and lush, empty beaches ripe for exploring. Whale watching is a favorite pastime after a morning of surfing, hiking, or beach-combing as the waters here are along whale migratory routes. Humpback and blue whales use the safe waters of the Golfo Dulce to give birth and raise their young and can thus be spotted playing off-shore from August through March.
The oldest inhabitants of the area are the Guaymi Indiginous people. They are often in town selling their traditional hand-made wares in their brilliantly colored dresses and unmistakable smiles.
The lives led in this village are simple, and mostly stress-free; except for when the occasional horse escapes the farm to run and play along the beach with friends. Founded by farmers; the majority of people in Pavones still farm or fish for their livelihood (and surf in their spare time). With the improvement of roads, the influx of surfers in search of the perfect wave, and, more recently, electricity and phone lines, more and more out-of-towners are moving here to live amidst the natural, rugged beauty of the southern Pacific zone.