Named the most biologically diverse place in the world, the Osa Peninsula is quite possibly the most unique place to visit in Costa Rica and the most remote. The dense tropical rainforest and flowing rivers are untouched by tourism or industry, which is why it's nature is so robust. People even still pan for gold and cash in their treasures or trade it for food!
It is situated about a 5-hour drive from San Jose, the country's capital, or a quick flight with a chartered airplane. Most people decide to fly right into Puerto Jiminez or Carate and then rent a car or take public transit to other areas in the peninsula. Be careful planning your vacation in the rainy season in Costa Rica (May to November) as sometimes the rivers flood the roads making driving impossible to get to certain areas.
The Osa Peninsula is surrounded by the Golfo Dulce to the east and the Pacific Coast to the west, offering many amazing places to see and things to do.
Puerto Jiminez is the busiest town in the Osa Peninsula with all of the basic necessities, some larger hotels and a vibrant nightlife. It is also a good access point to get to one of the best surfing spots, Matapalo, which is also very isolated as many places in the Osa are. While you are in town, we recommend to check out the main office and make reservations to hike through the Corcovado National Park.
Corcovado National Park is the home to many different species of animals like different types of monkeys, ocelots, tapirs, various types of birds, anteaters, and interesting insects and reptiles. The Resplendent Quetzal, a rare bird unique to certain places in Central America has been spotted here too. This park is close to Marino Bellena National Park , an underwater National Park and whale breeding ground. It is one of the best places to go dolphin and whale watching in Costa Rica.
Drake Bay is one of the most popular places in the Osa Peninsula, but it is still generally uncrowded and wild. The area was named after a pirate who once buried treasure there. It is the closest area to the Corcovado National Park and Cano Island, one of the most pristine places to snorkel in Costa Rica. We recommend staying at the Tranquilo Lodge that sits right on the beach!
As one of the most remote places in Costa Rica it can be difficult to get to because the roads are tough to traverse. We recommend taking flights from San Jose or Quepos with Nature Air & Sansa. It will save you a lot of time, money and hassle. But, if you want a little more adventure feel free to drive yourself.
Anywhere you go in the Osa you can find a travel outfitter that can provide you with a variety of things to do like zip lining, kayaking, horse back riding, swimming with dolphins, and chocolate tours.
Scuba diving is especially popular here and there are a number of scuba diving outfitters. You can get certified here at the beginning of your trip so you'll have a chance to see some of the best diving spots in the world, including Isla Cano.
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Lapa Rios Ecolodge
Lapa Rios Ecolodge is a luxury hotel consisting of 17 private bungalows set within a 1000-acre private nature reserve. It is located in Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica’s wild and remote Osa Peninsula. It has the distinction of being one of just a few National Geographic Unique Ecolodges of the World. This magnificent property is a paradise for lovers of wildlife, birding, nature and beaches.
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