Costa Rica: Osa Peninsula

Osa Peninsula and South Zone

The Osa Peninsula is best visited during the dry season. It is the largest remaining coastal rainforest and has been kept pristine.

Corcovado National Park is a very intense rainforest and should be seen with a good naturalist guide. There are several great lodges in the area that have resident guides and tours to the park are available from the lodge. Located 10 miles off the coast is the Caño Island Biological Reserve – a worthwhile visit for some of the best snorkeling and diving in the country. Caño is a fully protected natural paradise with an exceptionally beautiful reef bordering its shores.

With depths ranging from 15 to 70 feet, these reefs offer an incredible diversity of fish and marine creatures, including Mantas, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Whale Sharks, schools of Jacks and sea snakes. Getting to the Pacific side of the Osa entails flying and then taking a boat taxi to the lodges or on the Gulfo Dulce side there are roads to the lodges from Puerto Jimenez or Golfito. The South Zone offers a different, cooler climate than the Osa Peninsula. Here, you will find majestic mountain ranges and breathtaking views.

Birdwatching is spectacular and many Quetzal sightings take place in this region. The comfortable climate allows for refreshing hikes and horseback rides.