The town of Pavones was named for the peacocks that once roamed the area, the males' colorful tail feathers in competitive display. Pavones is at the mouth of the Rio Claro, the "Clean River". This estuary is visited by rare migratory birds and is a popular swimming spot. The beaches here compare to the most beautiful in Costa Rica. The water is clean and warm, year-round.
Pavones is a mixed community of Ticos and expatriates. The roads uphill from Pavones lead to mountainous communities reserved for the indigenous Guaymi Indians. Naturalists will enjoy following the area's many rivers, discovering hidden waterfalls abundant with wildlife and flora. For surfers, Pavones is a world-class wave machine, the second longest left point break in the world, and Costa Rica's longest wave. Anglers will find a community of local fishermen eager to take trips into the Bay of Pavones, the Gulf or the open Pacific. Many people surf cast from the beach, or hand-line for tarpon and snook at the river mouth.
Pavones is a world apart from over-developed areas like Jacû and Tamarindo, far from mega resorts, cruise ships and overstressed infrastructure. Pavones remains pristine and off the beaten path, but today, it's connected with telephones and internet. Pavones offers residents a growing assortment of restaurants, shopping, day spas, yoga, stables, and small charter boats.
Encanto is centrally located between Pavones, Zancudo, and the Osa Peninsula, giving residents many ways to explore the area and discover riches of Costa Rica's southern zone.