ABOUT THE SURF CAMP
LOCATION AND SURF CONDITIONS
The Castillo de Pavones is a relatively young hotel, established about four years ago, elegantly perched on a mountainside with a direct view of the famous Pavones point break, the longest left breaking wave in the world. From the windows and balconies, you can look down on the canopy, which slopes to form the Rio Claro River.
ACCOMMODATION AND CATERING
is one of our most sought after suites. A room with everything you could ask for including some spectacular views of the jungle and wildlife. With a private entrance path, this room also offers complete privacy and an intimate setting. The all stone luxury bathroom is newly renovated with a Jacuzzi tub, shower and stone cascading faucet. The Flora is our most private room and great for couples, honeymooners, of anniversaries.The Jungla
Room is home to some of the more spectacular views at the Castillo. Like every room in the Castillo, it’s a luxury accommodation. But this room is unique for it’s jungle views. It’s not uncommon to see monkeys playing outside your window when you wake up or macaws flying by while you sip coffee in the morning. It’s truly a spectacular suite to spend your Costa Rican vacation.The Oceano
is one of our most sought after suites. A room with everything you could ask for including some spectacular views of the jungle and wildlife. With a private entrance path, this room also offers complete privacy and an intimate setting. The all stone luxury bathroom is newly renovated with a Jacuzzi tub, shower and stone cascading faucet. The Oceano is great for both couples and families of 4.The Aves (Birds)
- This room is a family favorite! It sleeps up to four people and is the most comfortable living space for your family or group to relax. The massive windows provide a spectacular view of the ocean, rainforest and wildlife, while the upstairs bedroom provide all of the privacy you could ask for. Have an unforgettable experience in “The Aves”!Villa con Vistas
is as Unique as you can get with Ocean views, and the Jungle as your back yard. The Villa has 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 2 Living rooms, 1 Very Large Kitchen, Multiple Balconies/Decks, Free Wifi, Free Parking, Air Conditioning in the Bedrooms, and Hot Water throughout. It sleeps 10 comfortably with a max of 12 people. Its perfect for a family reunion, groups, or friends that want to hang together. May be rented daily, weekly, or monthly.
-Live in the middle of dense rain forest
-5 minute walk from the beach
Eat, Drink, Relax & Stare…
All of our food is fresh out of the ocean and from local organic farms. A variety of homemade dishes, including our Indian spices & curry, skewers of organic filet mignon, grilled seafood, ahi seared or sushi style yellow fin tuna, skewers of teriyaki chicken, 15-item organic salads with feta cheese, baked pesto mash potatoes, pumpkin lasagna, baked breads, pumpkin lasagna, thai lettuce wraps, pizza with grilled toppings, local fresh water river shrimp & local jumbo shrimp! Everything is made fresh, of course!
We have a brand new upstairs bar and lounge with a full and extensive beer, wine, and liquor selection. Sit back, relax, and sip on your favorites while looking out at the ocean.
360 Degree View
The “Blue Morpho Grill & Lounge” Restaurant & Bar at the top of the Castillo De Pavones, Costa Rica. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th level of the Castillo are the Blue Morpho Lounge Restaurant with 360 degree views of Pavones, the jungle, the ocean, the famous point break wave and the surfers surfing.
The Second Level of the Restaurant
The second level of the restaurant is the 4th level of the castle. The floor is made from the famous purple heart wood or nazzerano morado, this wood is naturally purple in color. Enjoy your sunrise or sunset here for the best views in all of Costa Rica. The animals, birds and butterflies surround the Castillo de Pavones everyday.
Looking Down on the Canopy
The rainforest is incredible for bird watchers and animal lovers. The Castillo was built strategically on a hill so we have a 360 view of the open ocean, the bay, the point break, the osa peninsula and the jungle canopy and tree tops!
SURF COURSE AND ACTIVITIES
SURF COURSE DETAILS
Surfboard rentals are included with your room rate
1/2 day lessons with instructor
We offer Yoga on the roof of the Castillo. Enjoy the incredible views while you sink into a perfect upward dog or balance into a crescent pose with a private yoga instructor. The setting is absolutely unforgettable. Groups are welcome!Excellent
We offer two incredible tubing tours; a long and, for the adventurous folks, the long route. Both are gorgeous and take you through long stretches of jungle and end at the warm waves of the ocean. Feel free to hop off your raft periodically to check out waterfalls and some hidden side trails. There are a lot of hidden gems here, exploration is a must! The long route takes about 3 hours, while the short takes about an hour. Both are sure to impress!
We coordinate our horse rides through a local Biological Reserve called Tiskita. The horses are well-trained, experience is not necessary.
Tiskita Biological Reserve -The horseback trail that loops through Tiskita takes about three hours. Most of the trail is in the rainforest, and Tiskita’s horseback riding guide Paulo usually spots monkeys, sloths, macaws, or other wildlife along the way. When the tide is right, a section of beach can be included on the way back.
Beach Ride - The most popular beach ride we offer is to Rio Coco. Rio Coco is a coconut-fringed river that flows out of a rainforest valley, into the ocean. The river marks more or less the start of the Conte Burica Indigenous Reserve. It takes about an hour and a half to get there, and it is a great place for a swim. The paradise-like beach is typically very quiet, you may be the only person there.
Ride to Pavones - Another beach ride is to go to Pavones, the small surf town a few kilometers north from Tiskita. Along this beach ride you may see the locals fishing and surfing. When there is a good swell in Pavones, you can watch surfers from all over the world ride the famous wave. Pavones also has some small restaurants and shops.
Conte Burica Indigenous Reserve - This five hour ride starts out like the ride to Rio Coco (see above). From Rio Coco the trail cuts right through the rainforest (for the experienced or adventurous rider only), after which it winds through a mix of rainforest and pasture with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golfo Dulce. Although part of the ride is in the indigenous reserve, the reserve is only sparsely populated, so a chance to meet the locals, and buy local crafts, would have to be arranged specifically.
There are spectacular waterfalls in and around Pavones. On this guided tour, we will take you all of the must see sites. Experience the the incredible rush of fresh water as it cascades from the mountains above. This is an unforgettable experience!
You can’t leave Costa Rica without experiencing the unbelievable surplus of exotic animals. While you will get a taste of the wildlife from the balcony of the Castillo, to get the full experience, you have to go hiking! We work in conjunction with a local eco lodge that has many knowledgable guides who will take you through hundreds of acres of pristine preserved jungle. This is the experience of a lifetime!
There are many options for guided walks. An easily accessible trail is “the stream trail”, a trail that follows a small creek through the rainforest. A longer and tougher hike is “the back trail”, a trail that loops around the reserve.
Night Tour - For those interested to experience the rainforest at night, We can arrange a night tour when the conditions are right (moon, weather, animal activity etc.).
Birdwatching - Anybody can go birdwatching there are so many birds around that you’ll easily spot many different species throughout the day. Guides are well trained in spotting and identifying birds, so they can help you find even more.
If stand up fighting a gray-hounding Marlin or Sailfish is on your must do list, then you are in the right place! We have teamed with the best Guides and crews available anywhere to bring you the greatest fishing experience ever. We understand serious fishing and only team with the finest boats, equipment and knowledge in the industry. In-shore or Off-shore, just let us know the species you wish to target and we will arrange the rest. Don’t miss the experience of a lifetime!
Traditional Fishing in the Golfo Dulce
The Castillo de Pavones faces the Gulfo Dulce, a large fjord. Here’s a summary about the Golfo Dulce by George W. Bassel: “The Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica is one of three tropical fjords in the world. This unique aquatic habitat is home to a great diversity of marine life including dolphins, sea turtles, tropical fish, and is an important place for humpback whales and whale sharks to both breed and give birth. The beaches surrounding the Golfo Dulce also serve as a major nesting ground for hawksbill, Olive Ridley and leatherback ocean turtles.” It is possible to go fishing with a local fisherman for Red Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, Roosterfish, Kingfish, Dorado, Mackerel, and more.
MORE INFO, HOW TO GET THERE & FAQ
Breaks directly at the main spot and at nearby spots
The Castillo de Pavones is a quick 5 minute walk away from the famous Pavones point break left wave, the longest left point break wave in the world! The wave and surrounding area are great for experienced surfers, as well as beginners. For a change of scenery, we can take you down to the beach at Punta Blanco, where you can enjoy more great waves!
Ways to get to the camp
There are a few ways to get to the Castillo. Some are more adventurous than others, here is a breakdown of your options.
Regional flight San José to Golfito, taxi/pickup Golfito to the Castillo. The regional flight from San José to Golfito takes approximately 50 minutes and cost about $100 each way. From Golfito, the scenic drive to the Castillo takes approximately two hours. Contact us if you would like to coordinate a pickup at the Golfito Airport
The drive from San José to the Castillo takes approximately six-eight hours, from Dominical to the Castillo approximately three and a half hours, from Uvita and Wilson Botanical Gardens (San Vito) to the Castillo approximately three hours. It’s a scenic and more adventurous way to get to Pavones. We can assist with car rental and provide driving directions, and most car rental agencies now have GPS systems available. Car rentals are $300-$500/week on average. Make sure you get four-wheel drive!
Take the Bus
The bus ride from San José to Golfito takes approximately seven hours. From Golfito, the bus ride to the Castillo takes approximately three hours. The bus driver can stop at the Castillo’s lower entrance. It is a great way to see the country and travel with the locals. A one-way ticket costs about 20 US dollars. Please contact us for more information.
PACKAGES & PRICES
PACKAGE A - Surf Holiday - from 1050 $ per Week
This package includes:
7 nights accommodation in the hotel Castillo de Pavones (in The Flora, The Jungla or The Oceano)
The Flora - from 125 $ per Night
The Jungla - from 125 $ per Night
The Oceano - from 125 $ per Night
The Aves - from 150 $ per Night
Villa con Vistas - from 400 $ per Night (for 10 Persons)
-up to two people and an $25 for each additional person and comes with a full breakfast.
Surf equipment included
Surf Lesson 2 hours - 50 $