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By Plane: The nearest airport with regularly scheduled flights is in Golfito. Tiskita Jungle Lodge has a private airstrip. Depending on space, you might be able to arrange transportation to Pavones on one of its charter flights even if you are not staying there.

By Car: If you’ve got a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you can make it out to Pavones even in the rainy season. To get here, follow the directions for driving to Golfito, but don’t go all the way into town. The turnoff for playas Zancudo and Pavones is at El Rodeo, about 4km (2 1/2 miles) outside of Golfito, on the road in from the Interamerican Highway. It’s mostly rough gravel and dirt roads. Follow the few signs and the flow of traffic (if there is any) or stick to the most worn route when in doubt.

An alternative route from Paso Canoas (at the border) goes via the towns of La Cuesta and Laurel. This route meets the route mentioned above at the small village of Conte.

Be sure to pick up your tank in Golfito, Rio Claro or the small town of Laurel, as Pavones has no gas station.

By Bus: Two daily buses (no phone) go to Pavones from Golfito at 10am and 3pm. Trip duration is 2 1/2 hours; the fare is C1750. Buses to Golfito depart Pavones daily at 5:30am and 12:30pm. This is a very remote destination, and the bus schedule is subject to change, so it always pays to check in advance.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.