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Visiting Osa Peninsula Beaches

Experience nature at its best at Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Once you are here, you will realize why National Geographic Magazine has described this distant corner as the most biologically intense place on the planet with the largest amount of tropical rainforest while a large amount of that is still primary rainforest. The Osa Peninsula is a haven of biodiversity boasting different species of wildlife such as scarlet macaws and various other species of birds, turtles, howler monkeys and all 3 other monkeys that can be found in Costa Rica, the baird’s tapir, the harpy eagle, all 6 species wild cats and many more. Come visit Costa Rica Pacific beaches for pristine, remote and enchanting coastlines.

Highlights

Drake Bay

Drake Bay Wilderness Resort Aerial ViewDrake Bay is located at the entrance of the Osa Peninsula, in the province of Puntarenas. It was named after Sir Francis Drake, who discovered it in 1579. While it is a popular destination, it is a difficult place to get to in Costa Rica. You either have to take a boat ride on the Sierpe River or take a short domestic flight from San Jose. You can take various tours here from enjoying a hike to discover the local flora and fauna to horseback riding. Enjoy!

Uvita

whaleUvita is located just north of the Osa Peninsula and is famous for its gorgeous whale tail beach. A visit to Uvita is not complete without a tour to spot some of the ocean’s most beautiful and most sensitive mammals. So, let’s go whale watching! The Humpback whale and Bryde´s whale populate these waters in pretty big numbers and can grow up to 15 meters long. Tours offering whale and dolphin watching, usually also pass through the stunning Marino Ballena National Park.

Playa Carate

Carate Costa Rica shorlineFeel like vacationing at a deserted beach? Welcome to Playa Carate! Eco-tourists will love watching sea turtles come to shore to make their nests on Carate beach. Leatherbacks, Green Sea, Pacific Ridley and Hawskbill sea turtles are all regular visitors to the Osa Peninsula.

Cabo Matapalo

matapaloCabo Matapalo is a small beach community located on the tip of the Osa Peninsula, approximately an hour south of Puerto Jimenez. The beaches in the Matapalo area have received the highly coveted Blue Ecological Flag. Visitors to the Playa Matapalo area are sure to find secluded, untouched beaches with abundant plant life and animal activity and will enjoy some amazing waves for the avid surfer looking for some solitude.

When here, why not head to Golfo Dulce? With over 600-foot deep waters in its center, the Golfo Dulce is home humpback whales and is a haven for sport fishers. The bay separates the Osa Peninsula from the mainland of Costa Rica and is a great location for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Tips

Visit between December-April

December-April is the dry season and a great time to see the area without getting too wet! You may want to avoid Osa during the rainy season because this is when the weather can get very erratic.

Be prepared for poor cell service:

Because of its remote location, the communication is very limited other than in the hotels that offer WIFI services. Most people communicate via radiophones or shortwave.

Stay hydrated:

The sun is strong in Drake Bay. Make sure to bring a water bottle and a lot of sunscreen!

Pay attention to beach safety:

Watch for riptides! Ask your hotel staff or local guides about safe places for swimming in the area.

Getting there

Closest International Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport

nature air domestic flightsThis off the beaten path location can be accessed through Drake Bay. Drake Bay, in turn, can be reached by domestic flight although many visitors catch a boat in Sierpe that will drift down some impressive coastal wetlands and is quite an experience in itself.

Dining

Gallo Pinto VegetarianWhen staying in more “touristy” locations like Drake Bay, you will be able to find a modest but decent amount of restaurants. When heading to places like Carate or further south to Matapalo, the options will be limited to the occasional local soda where you will still be able to enjoy a good Gallo Pinto or Casado.

Where to stay

Hotel Aguila De Osa Family RoomThe Osa Peninsula is recognized for its sustainability initiatives and most of the lodges and cabins rely on solar energy. Despite its remote location, places like El Remanso Ecolodge is a real jungle lodge offer 4 start quality in the southern regions of Osa. Aguila Osa Inn, located at Drake Bay, is one of our favorite hotels in the whole of the country and a client favorite as well. This charming boutique hotel and lodge thrones on a cliff overlooking the river Aguitas, between the many wild tropical vegetation and overlooking Drake Bay.

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Southern Pacific Beaches Vacation Packages

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Beaches

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Uvita

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Carate Costa Rica

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Drake Bay

Drake Bay

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Pavones Beach

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Golfo Dulce

Golfo Dulce

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Cities

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Islands

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Waterfalls

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National Parks

Corcovado

Corcovado

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Southern Pacific Beaches Hotels

Aguila de Osa Inn

Aguila de Osa Inn

4
From: Over $300
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

4
5
From: Over $300
Copa de Arbol

Copa de Arbol

4
From: Over $300
Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

3
From: Over $300
Hotel Jinetes de Osa

Hotel Jinetes de Osa

3
From: Under $125
Hotel Rancho Corcovado

Hotel Rancho Corcovado

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From: Under $125
La Paloma Lodge

La Paloma Lodge

4
From: Over $300
Hotel Villas Gaia

Hotel Villas Gaia

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4
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La Cusinga Lodge

La Cusinga Lodge

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5
From: $125 - $200
Bosque del Cabo Lodge

Bosque del Cabo Lodge

5
5
From: Over $300
Crocodile Bay Eco Resort

Crocodile Bay Eco Resort

5
From: Over $300
El Remanso Eco Lodge

El Remanso Eco Lodge

4
5
From: Over $300
La Leona Ecolodge

La Leona Ecolodge

3
4
From: $200 - $300
Lapa Rios Ecolodge

Lapa Rios Ecolodge

4
5
From: Over $300
Lookout Inn Lodge

Lookout Inn Lodge

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5
From: $125 - $200
Luna Lodge Carate

Luna Lodge Carate

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5
From: Under $125
Bosque del Rio Tigre Lodge

Bosque del Rio Tigre Lodge

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Playa Cativo Eco-Lodge

Playa Cativo Eco-Lodge

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Playa Nicuesa Lodge

Playa Nicuesa Lodge

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Zancudo Lodge

Zancudo Lodge

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Osa Verde Biolodge

Osa Verde Biolodge

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Southern Pacific Beaches Tours

Caño Island Snorkeling

Caño Island Snorkeling

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Scuba Diving Caño Island

Scuba Diving Caño Island

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San Pedrillo Corcovado National Park Tour

San Pedrillo Corcovado National Park Tour

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The Bug Lady Night Tour

San Pedrillo Ranger Station – Corcovado National Park Tour

San Pedrillo Ranger Station – Corcovado National Park Tour

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