The South Pacific Coast

starts in the surfing hub of Dominical beach. This area offers you an encounter with the must exuberant vegetation and the wildest nature. It is very well known for its ecotourism, besides a range of activities: whale watching, beach leisure, surfing, scuba diving, birdwatching, hiking, and much more.

 Some of the must-see places are Marino Ballena National Park, the Osa Peninsula, (the largest Peninsula of Costa Rica), Caño Island, and Corcovado National Park.

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Dominical is essentially a little beach town with a lot of character, the area remains almost untouched. This is definitively an off the beaten region, with its dirt roads and surf vibe a place to relax on a hammock and just be happy. 

It is the kind of place for travelers looking for an off the beaten adventure. With its darkish sand Dominical offers a 4 Km long beach, very well known by surfers for its amazing waves, especially when the tides are high, please note it is not for beginners. 

Nearby, at Dominicalito beach, there is a more suitable place for swimming and enjoying the priceless pleasure of the peace and quiet of an unpopulated beach. 

Marino Ballena National Park

Marino Ballena Park, Costa Rica

Whales and dolphins arise from the water to offer you a spectacle that would stick to your memories forever. 

The humpback whale visits these waters from July to October to carry out their reproductive cycle. Other species that can be seeing in the area are the bottlenose dolphin, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, parrotfish and mackerel. 

Inside the park, you can’t miss out the Tombolo or the “Wale tail”, probably the most iconic point of this National Park. This is a natural rocky and sandy formation, which can be visit only during low tide. 

Besides Uvita beach, where the Tombolo is located, tourist can also visit beaches within the Protected Wilderness area, such as Bahía, Colonia, Ballena, Arco and Piñuelas.

Some recommended activities besides whale watching, include snorkeling, near the Tombolo or the “whale tail” area, during the low tide, horseback riding or just a quite long walk along the beach.

Drake Bay

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One of Costa Rica’s jewels, it is certainly a must-see place for the ones with an adventurist spirit. An area to explore the untouched rainforest, with the largest remaining population of jaguars and tapirs. The Bay is part of a very remote area and in addition to its natural treasure, it also offers its visitors a little glimpse to the country’s former gold mining past. 

Its name comes after the pirate Sir Francis Drake- is located in the Northern Area of the peninsula de Osa. Drake Bay is pure and authentic, a place to enjoy nature at its best, where the pristine beaches feel deserted with your own paradise retreat. The beach here has a different composition, since it is made up of rocky sections and small bays of great scenic beauty.   It also has a tropical humid forest very rich in biodiversity, for which without doubt it is a location of great appeal to nature.  

Make of every day of your visit a true adventure while you immerse into nature when going on walks by the beach, trail trekking, snorkeling or horseback riding. The greatest tourist and natural attractions of this area are the Corcovado National Park and Caño Island National Park which can be visited when staying on the area or from Dominical and Ballena.

Osa Península

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This is one of Costa Rica’s star places, like taken out of one of Indiana Jones movies. Located in the south part of the country, its biodiversity is extremely rich, land and sea, travelers could spot pumas, tapirs, ocelots, anteaters and howler monkeys, as well as more than 350 bird species and marine animals including manta rays, sharks, sailfish, and 25 species of cetacean. This region stretches from the mouth of the Barú River to Punta Burica, on the border with Panama (490 kilometers in area). 

With Golfo Dulce to the east, Drake Bay to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west, the peninsula is surrounded by waters that contain important aggregation areas for marine mammals including humpback whales, Bryde’s whales, bottlenose dolphins, and spotted dolphins. Various beaches around the peninsula also serve as nesting sites for green, Olive Ridley, hawksbill, and leatherback sea turtles.

It was described as “The most biologically intense place on earth”, by the National Geographic magazine, meaning every little corner of it is alive! 

The area protects and preserves remarkable resources such as tropical rainforest wet and very wet, rainy, archaeological features; sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, reefs, wetland ecosystems, spawning marine species, flora and fauna, etc. 

The majority of the area in Osa Peninsula is taken up by the Corcovado National Park, which accounts for a quarter of Costa Rica’s landmass. Back in the 70’s, Costa Rica took its conservation cues from the United States parks system, which is been proved a total success. 

The community livelihoods, have been mostly poaching, farming and mining. In an effort to preserve nature and help to boost the economy, local people have set up a community-based tourism initiative. 

Many families are now in the tourism area, providing visitors with a unique authentic insight into the region, sharing their many natural treasures while helping to preserve their most valuable resource for future generations.

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Corcovado National Park

If you are looking for a real encounter with nature, maybe running into a herd of peccaries at the beach, or spotting a jaguar drinking water from a pristine river, this is a place that must be part of your traveling itinerary. 

Corcovado offers a limitless adventure for nature lovers!

Both, Corcovado National Park and Caño Island are considered some of the most important attractions of the South Pacific region.

The Park has an extension of almost 55 thousand hectares of land and 2400 of sea. It is home of 500 species of trees, which is simply remarkable, some of the upper canopy reaching up to 70 meters tall. 

This jungle is an experience difficult to beat, with the thick lianas and vines hanging from the trees, the scarlet macaws flying over your head, rippling water from the forest streams, armies of moving insects, birds singing, howler monkeys with their telltale barking echoes make the promise to captivate all your senses.

The best time to visit is between the months of January and April, which are the driest. The average temperature is 28°, with the maximum average being 34°, and the minimum 23°. The humidity in the forest pushes 100%, but you can always stop along one of the streams for a swim in a nice cool waterfall.

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Caño Island 

buceo Isla del Caño, Costa Rica

Isla del Caño is one of Costa Rica’s true wonders. Out into de Pacific waters, with is clear stunning visibility it reveals to explorers its deepest secrets. The adventure starts when you are riding across the water, look out for manta rays, turtles and during the right season even dolphins and the majestic humpback whales. 

This Biological Reserve is of double importance, nature wise and also as an archeological point. Discoveries show it was a cemetery during the pre-Columbian period, but also a key point for commercial exchange along the Pacific Coast.

The island also hides a mystery around the Stone Spheres, these have been found in various locations in Costa Rica, they are perfectly round and were supposed to be hand carved. These mysterious spheres may have been from 200 BC -AD 800, that is still not clear, due to the fact that they have been moved to other locations. There is a lot of speculation about this, some believed they were part of religious ceremonies or symbols, representing various tribal rankings or burial plots. 

Isla del Cano is one of the best places for diving and snorkeling in Costa Rica. Is well known for is coral building organisms, pacific reef fish as well as open water. As you decent in the water discover parrotfishes, grunt fish, puffers, red snapper and tuna. Like in a different dimension, a whole new world opens under the water, tranquil turtles swimming next to you in their natural inhabitant, two-meter-long moray eels, large barracudas, a variety of sharks including the white tip reef shark and the playful manta rays.

snorkeling Caño Island, Costa Rica

Golfo Dulce

Located in the southern area of Costa Rica, the Golfo Dulce, (Sweet Gulf), is one of a handful of tropical estuaries in the world and a fascinating place for several reasons. 

This relatively small area, 750 square Km, has a lot to offer, some of its most charming guests are humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, hammerhead sharks and turtles. 

Humpback whales arrive twice a year: there is a group that comes from the Northern Hemisphere from January to February and a second larger group that comes from the Southern Hemisphere August to September. Whales keep coming because is a free area from predators for the newborn calves to nurse. 

As if this were not enough, often pods of bottlenose dolphins can be seeing chasing the tour boats while exploring the gulf. It is not uncommon to sight manta rays, finning the surface or jumping high to show off or to impress a potential mate. 

Whale sharks can be seeing as well, they feed on the plankton, and they are relatively small, (for a whale shark), 6 to 7 meters long, other kinds of sharks like tiger sharks and the hammerhead sharks also inhabit the gulf which has been recently declared a shark sanctuary for the last ones.  

The Golfo Dulce is also famous for its surf breaks. Pavones has the second longest left break in the world, with the right wind and tide conditions it can reach more than 800 m of uninterrupted wave, so it is not surprising that people from all over the world come to enjoy this experience.

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Puerto Jiménez

This little town has the busiest local airport in Costa Rica, somewhat because is a gateway to Corcovado National Park and Osa Peninsula. This little village hosts tourist from all over the world, and offers the most unique ecolodges and yoga retreats. 

Though the drive is fairly easy, is important to take into consideration that Puerto Jimenez is 375 Km from San José, therefor it takes about 7 hours to make it all the way there. Driving could work, if you use as a stopping point any of the places near Dominical, which is about 5 hours from San José. 

One of its nature signatures is the distinctive squawking of the scarlet macaws which you get to see playfully flying above the tree-tops.

Although the town’s economy is largely based on tourism, there is still artisanal fishing, many enjoy in addition to the astonishing sunsets, seeing the day’s catch brought in from the little fishing boats, which might as well inspire a few people to try their own luck at some inshore fishing. 

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