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Latitude: 8° 23.717' N
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A few points before Matapalo...just before backwash
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Wave qualityWorld Class
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day lengthExceptional (>500m)
Good swell directionSouth
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
"This wave has several fast sections that break over a rocky bottom. Best conditions with a large swell from the south at mid tide."
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Pan dulce is very infested with large tiger sharks. Beware surfing early morning that is their feeding time because they go in the bay the wave peels into and have been known to consistently attack surfers.
Most beautiful part of costa rica...monkeys in the trees, clear blueish water, and a perfect point break.
Get it good and you won't want to leave.
By Anonymous , 20-04-2008
pan dulce/mataplao - pan dulce is a great wave but if you dont like aggro sharks and an even more aggro lineup this isnt the place for you. i had a 12 foot tiger shark circle me 3 times and the vibe was horrendous - watch out for a crazy norte/ lobsterman from montauk who sits outside the peak at matapalo waiting to run down any kook foolish enough to drop in on him with his big gun- my advice is to head north to playa negra-
By Anonymous , 20-04-2008
no sharks!! no localism!! - I surfed Pan Dulce last week and was classic. A few crownded but was very fun. There are no locals, only a few Gringos thinking they're locals. The place is insane, but you must take a boat from pavones, is much more easier, and the trip is great
By Christian , 23-02-2008
Watch For Rocks... - There are two big rocks by the take-off point, one is usually visible at low tide, the one next to it is usually submerged. I found out the hard way and smashed my face on it ducking a wave, so beware. I've heard from Osa locals that the spot was discovered by a local guy named Brett, who is such a nice guy the locals called him "Sweet Brett", which eventually became corrupted into "Sweet Bread", or "Pan Dulce". A really great right point break that goes on for a while, easier to make than Backwash or Matapalo, but again, be careful of the rocky reef, especially near the take off point. Locals are usually friendly and the spot is reasonably uncrowded compared to the rest of CR, though on the weekends can draw a lot of people from nearby Puerto Jiminez. As always, show respect and have proper etiquette and you will have fun.
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