Golfo Dulce, Osa Peninsula
With over 600 foot deep waters in the center, the Gulf is home to schools of humpback whales and is a haven for sports fishermen. The bay separates the Osa Peninsula from the mainland of Costa Rica. Golfo Dulce possess many large secluded beaches and an amazing tropical rain forest. Visitors may encounter up to four species of monkey, including spider, howler, and white-faced. As well as, Poison Dart frogs, jaguars and anteaters and a big amount of other amazing animals and birds. Nowhere else in Costa Rica will you find such diverse flora and fauna! Also, the beautiful birds are plentiful. For example toucans, scarlet macaws, and hummingbirds.
Golfo Dulce – A place of Costa Rican Culture
This Southern Pacific area of Costa Rica was once the center of the pre-Columbian Diquis culture. Rumors of the gold found here sent many Spanish explorers in search hidden gold mines. Gold panners (orders) still sift for gold in the rivers of the Oso Peninsula. Although the Gold Rush in this region was short-lived. In the 1930’s the United Fruit Company set up in this area, building an elegant home for its American managers. Many of which restored to their original elegance.
Golfito, the major port in the Gulf was a major port for banana export for several decades. When United Fruit shut down in the mid-80’s, primarily because of worker unrest and rising export taxes, the area fell economically but bolstered up again by the Costa Rican government’s decision to make the area a tax-free zone. African palm oil plantations have replaced many of the old banana plantations, and lots more land is devoted to growing this palm oil. Sports fishing have become a famous tourist attraction in recent years.
Separated from the open Pacific Coast by the wild and pristine Osa Peninsula, lies the beautiful Golfito Bay. There are frequent ferry boats cross the Golfo Dulce from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez, which is the entrance point for the Osa Peninsula and the remote and exotic Corcovado National Park. The beaches south of Golfito offer amazing surfing and still relatively undiscovered. The beaches are some of the most beautiful in the country!