Why you should visit the SOUTH PACIFIC COAST
- The Osa Peninsula is considered 'the most biologically intense place on the planet'
- For the sheer thrill and excitement of being in a bungalow surrounded by dense jungle that is brimming with life
- Wander along deserted volcanic beaches fringed by almond trees filled with Scarlet Macaws
- Snorkel in a natural tropical aquarium off Cano Island
- Hike through Corcovado Park - one of the best wildlife experiences Costa Rica can offer
Our specialists 'Must Do'
Spend as much time as you possibly can in and around Corcovado Park. There is no development permitted within the park but also no fences to restrict the movement of creatures and at some of the closest lodges, you’ll find yourself literally tripping over wildlife such as huge toads, snakes and coatimundis.
Night is a magical time on the peninsula – grab a glass of courage, take a seat outside your bungalow and surrender yourself to the night time noise of the rainforest and the sense that something in that dark and dense wall of jungle is watching you.
A little more about The Osa Peninsula
According to National Geographic, Corcovado National Park is 'the most biologically intense place on the planet'. This lush and verdant area of complex ecosystems ranges from freshwater swamps to cloud forest, with 8 different “life zones” and over 500 species of tree in an area of more than 40,000 hectares.
Wildlife includes all four species of Costa Rican monkey (Spider, White Faced Capuchin, Squirrel and Howler), all 6 cats and endangered species such as the giant anteater and tapir. Between December and February it is not uncommon to observe the enormous tail flukes of Humpback Whales breaking spectacularly through the ocean surface. This area of outstanding natural beauty is a paradise for nature lovers and offers one of Costa Rica’s richest and most rewarding wilderness and wildlife experiences.
Birdwatching is tremendous here with over 370 recorded species including the opportunity to glimpse Costa Rica’s largest population of Scarlet Macaws and the magnificent Great Curassow.
You have to put a little effort into getting to this remote corner of the country. Light aircraft from San Jose will treat you to tremendous views of mountains and volcanoes before following the Pacific coast south to a small airstrip at Palmar Sur or Puerto Jimenez. Some of the more remote lodges require a further journey by boat past crocodile inhabited mangroves along the Sierpe River and into the Pacific Ocean, followed by a wet landing and a final leg in a tractor-towed buggy to the lodge. However, you don’t have to compromise on comfort. The Osa Peninsula boasts some of the country’s finest forest lodges.
A stay on the Osa Peninsula will typically include guided hikes into Corcovado National Park and a boat journey for snorkelling to Isla del Cano, a marine biological reserve with reefs and a huge variety of fish. Isla del Cano also contains an archaeological site that suggests the existence of a Pre-Columbian cemetery. The perfectly round stone spheres that are found on the mainland in the Diquis Valley can also be seen here. Nobody is sure how and why these mysterious over-sized marbles were created.
Did you know?
Corcovado National Park contains 140 species of mammals, 370 of birds, 177 amphibians and reptiles and 40 freshwater fish.
When to go
This is one of the wettest regions of Costa Rica and the damp conditions really have contributed in creating one of the ‘richest’ stretches of coast in the country. The driest months are from December to April with levels of rainfall increasing to a peak in September and October. The Osa Peninsula is most comfortably visited during the dry season.