Costa Rica Regions and Destinations Map
Southern Zone Trogon Lodge

Southern Zone

Quetzal in the southern ZoneWhy Visit?

Costa Rica’s Southern Zone is where you’ll find the tallest mountains, pristine cloud forest areas, and a virtually unexplored paradise. Find a large variety of birds and just an endless array of biodiversity.  


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Mirador Cartago

Central Valley

Why Visit?

Cartago Costa RicaCosta Rica’s Central Valley is home to the capital of San José and the Juan Santamaría International Airport. Steeped in History & Culture, many people use the capital as the jumping off point for their vacations.


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Arenal Volcano

Northern Zone

National Parks of Costa RicaWhy Visit? 

Costa Rica’s Northern Zone is home to the country’s most famous Volcano and Cloud Forest Areas.

You will be amazed at the wildlife and all the biodiversity.


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Drake Bay

Osa Peninsula

Jaguar of Costa RicaWhy Visit?

The Osa Peninsula is truly an unexplored paradise and a must see for nature lovers. If you are looking to get off the beaten path and explore – this is the spot for you.


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Guanacaste

Guanacaste

Costa Rica BeachesWhy Visit? 

Guanacaste is home to Costa Rica’s most popular beach destinations and all-inclusive resorts. If you are looking for a beach vacation, this is your destination for sun, sand, and surf.


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Mal Pais Surfing

Nicoya Peninsula

Beachfront HotelsWhy Visit?

The Nicoya Peninsula is still largely undeveloped and home to some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches. Known for it’s laid back surfer vibe and boutique beach resorts.


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Los Altos Pool

Central Pacific

Manuel Antonio National ParkWhy Visit?

Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast is home to some of the closest beaches from the capital of San José, which are easily accessible from the highway.


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Tortuguero Canals

Caribbean

Costa Rica's CaribbeanWhy Visit?

Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast is a rich cultural area offering a laid back tropical atmosphere. Experience what Tico Time truly is on this Afro-Caribbean influenced area. 


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Granada Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Granada Nicaragua Why Visit?

Nicaragua is a unique country full of culture and historical parts. You can see a lot of the old part of the colonial age including the cobblestone streets and old forts. 


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Bocas del Toro

Panama

Panama CanalWhy Visit?

Panama is a totally different level of destination. It has so much to offer. You can experience history and modern architecture all in one in Panama City with skyscrapers and the old part of the city. 


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Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

The Osa Peninsula and Southern Pacific coast is home to the amazing Corcovado National Park!

Whether it is raining or the sun is shining, the hypnotic beauty of the Osa will enchant you and give you the most memorable vacation you ever dreamed. So much natural beauty and peace never seemed possible! The Osa is another world. It alone makes up 2.5 percent of the world's biodiversity. This region has many, many great destinations including Drake Bay, Caño Island or the Golfo Dulce. These areas are all ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, and Whale watching. Stop by in Corcovado national park and see amazing wildlife life Jaguars or Howler monkeys. Or take a kayak tour through the Sierpe wetlands.


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Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica

Every beach in the Osa is a unique and magical place whose beauty is unrivaled. With long stretches of pristine white sand set against shimmering turquoise waters. Every beach features spectacular magenta sunsets and over untouched rain forests.

Many of the indigenous species found here are unique to this area. In fact, the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica is considered to be one of the most important areas here. Because of the extraordinary biodiversity of the wildlife and plant life found only here. Corcovado is home to over 400 species of birds alone. With hundreds of types of exotic mammals, reptiles, insects, and amphibians. As well, spread over 40,000 hectares of protected land, no wonder that it is known as one the most diverse and wild places on the planet.

Eco-Tourism In The Osa 

Because of its biodiversity and stunning beauty, the Osa is a prime destination for eco-tourists. In fact, the largest concentration of ecological projects and initiatives are centered in this area. All this to preserve the vast forests with all the trees, plants, and animals that call this Paradise home. There is a myriad of exciting activities and tours available to do on the Osa Peninsula. 

It is a perfect spot for all sorts of water sports such as swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving in crystalline Pacific waters. Also kayaking through caves or among mangroves, whale and dolphin watching, sports fishing and so much more. The Corcovado National Park is truly one of the world’s wonders while the Ballena Marine National Park is the ticket for whale and dolphin watching. There are even a few elusive and endangered jaguars in Corcovado. These awesome big cats are down to a few hundred in Costa Rica. The Osa Peninsula provides an experience of a lifetime for anyone who appreciates nature’s bounty and beauty.

Where To Stay 

This region has so much to see that it is difficult to decide where to stay. However, there are many beautiful lodges and Hotels. Dominical has a choice of cheaper and more basic accommodations. As you make your way south, accommodations become more exclusive and environmentally friendly.

These are most definitely beautiful and elegant hotels. However, they seldom care for more than 80 guests. Bigger projects consist of bungalows and cabanas. They are dispersed sparingly in the forest or by the beaches and use up to only 20% of the area of the hotel. They usually can arrange various Tours of Costa Rica, like hiking, horseback riding, and most have awesome views of the ocean and flamboyant sunsets. The Oxygen Jungle Villas in Playa Ballena, the Casa Corcovado Lodge in Drake Bay or the Remanso Eco Lodge are just a few of the magnificent hotels on offer in this magical region.

A Lost Paradise You Must See

The Osa is not only the most beautiful regions of Costa Rica but also the most interesting. There is so much to explore, to discover and these wonderful pristine beaches are like out of a dream. The natural majestic beauty and serenity of the Osa Peninsula are reminiscent of the world where destruction and pollution are unknown. Come and enjoy the dramatic sunrises on the SouthEast the most stunning sunsets of Costa Rica on the Northwest. 


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Matapalo Costa Rica

1Cabo Matapalo

Universally considered the gem of the Costa Rican National Park system. Corcovado National Park borders Matapalo and offers access to some of the best nature experiences available in Costa Rica.

Marino Ballena National Park Uvita

1Uvita

In the Uvita area, you will find miles of tropical beaches with hardly another person in sight. It is so amazing to see this place in person for your next vacation to Costa Rica.

Carate Costa Rica Dirt roads

1Carate Costa Rica

Come to Carate Costa Rica where the road ends. Your sure have a great time relaxing and taking in the scenery.

Golfito Costa Rica Sunset

1Golfito

Golfito is an amazing little marine town and full of life. The surrounding area is pure jungle. You will love the peace and tranquility of this region.

Cano Island

1Cano Island

This little island is a biological marvel full of marine life and wildlife. Check out this secluded place and find so much flora and fauna.

costa rica waterfalls

1Nauyaca Waterfalls

These majestic waterfalls are not only popular for their natural beauty but are also known for swimming, climbing, jumping and providing a beautiful scenery while enjoying tranquility and nature with friends and family.

Squirrel Monkey in Corcovado National Park

1Corcovado

Corcovado is considered to be one of the wonders of the world. It is a region with one of the most bio-diversity of the world. Primary cloud forest, white sand deserted beach, amazing sea and sun, incredible flora and fauna. Corcovado is impressive, out of this world, magnificent and worse the trip. Do not miss it!  

Drake Bay Osa Peninsula

1Drake Bay

A visit to Drake Bay is an emotional and memorable experience; few places match the beauty of the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado.

a surfers guide to hermosa beach costa rica ballena bay

1Ballena Bay

Playa Ballena is an excellent destination for true lovers of nature and pristine deserted beaches, for conservationists, ecological tourists and those in search of adventure.

Pavones Costa Rica sunset

1Pavones Beach

Whether you are a surfer or not, you will love this little lost paradise lodged in one of the wonders of the world.

Golfo Dulce View

1Golfo Dulce

The Gulf has the distinction of being only one of three tropical fjords in the world.

Accommodations

Drake Bay Osa Peninsula

Osa Peninsula Hotels

Hotels in the Osa peninsula are stunning amazing and every word you can use to describe something beautiful. Here you will be in the most secluded part of the country with every animal you can think of in Costa Rica. If truly is another world down there with wildlife coming out of every crevasse. If you want to get away and relax for a bit then you will definitely need to come here. 

Activities

Osa-Peninsula-Bridge

Osa Peninsula Tours

Check out all the amazing tours you can do in the Osa Peninsula. You will love this place because of how remote and beautiful it is. It is full of flora and fauna on of the most diverse places on the planet.

Golfito Costa Rica - Caño Island

Scuba Diving Caño Island

Scuba Dingin couldn’t get better in Costa Rica than this. Here is one of the best places you will find to dive. Colorful fish and marine wildlife will brighten you face up as you explore the seas.

Corcovado Costa Rica National Park beach

Hiking in Corcovado

Hiking through the Corcovado National Park is another way to get back to nature you will love seeing animals up close and personal as the guide brings you along this amazing hike. 

Whale Watching Costa Rica

Whale Watching

Take a whale watching tour out of the Golfo Dulce, this area has several different types of whales, it is truly unique to see such a sight. 

Costa Rica Osa Peninsula Tours Nauyaca Waterfalls Waterfalls

Nauyaca Waterfalls

The Nauyaca Waterfalls are really cool and not just in a temperature way. But it is true on a hot day you will love coming for a swim.

Map of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

Osa Peninsula Costa Rica Map

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