From the Mountains to the Ocean
The Osa is located off the beaten path at the Southern part of Costa Rica. A tall ridge cuts through the Osa Peninsula dividing Corcovado Park and the Pacific Ocean to the West with the Golfo Dulce ("Sweet Gulf") to the East. Dolphins, turtles, whale sharks and humpback whales reside in these waters either part or full time and world-class fishing boasts some of the best opportunities anywhere to land marlin, sailfish, and tuna.
Most people have to travel to zoos in order to witness the vibrant colors of a scarlet macaw, the playful leap of a capuchin monkey or the lumbering crawl of a sloth. But in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, all you have to do is step outside your door. The lush rainforest and abundant wildlife are the reasons the Osa Peninsula is recognized as one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth. It's truly a playground for the senses.
Surfing is prime in the Osa, especially down at Matapalo. The beaches are exquisite, with hardly a soul to be seen. There's no fighting with other tourists for a spot to lay down your beach towel. And for those who like a little variety in the bodies of water they see, there are rivers, mangroves and waterfalls aplenty.
To visit the Osa Peninsula is to decide to savor the glorious splendor of mother nature at her very finest. The Osa Peninsula's main claim to fame is Corcovado National Park and the "Golfo Dulce" or "Sweet Gulf" as it is known in English. The Osa is home to some of the most spectacular butterflies and birds in Central America, four species of monkey, coatis, kinkajous, ocelots, jaguars, toucans, scarlet macaws, parrots, whales, whale sharks, turtles, sharks and dolphins to name but just a few of the many inhabitants that you might encounter when visiting the pristine Osa Peninsula. The Costa Rican saying of "Pura Vida" or "Pure Life" nicely sums up what awaits you in this wonderful location.
The Little Town of Puerto Jiménez
The main town of the Osa Peninsula, Puerto Jimenez, is a throwback to days of old: the roads are unpaved, street lights are nonexistent and the locals smile and wave as you pass. But it still offers modern amenities such as banks, grocery stores, a post office, telecommunications and Internet services, airport, seaport, and bus depot. In other words, it provides all of the infrastructure necessary to service tourists and local alike.
The road to Puerto Jiménez from San Jose is now passable by all types of vehicles, though a four-wheel-drive is recommended for visiting sights off the main road. During the last 30 years, the Osa has managed to maintain its cultural integrity and individuality while at the same time welcoming visitors graciously and harmoniously.
The Osa is a magical wonderland for children of all ages, where their imaginations can run wild and they can play in a completely natural habitat. With biking, surfing, fishing, hiking, swimming, kayaking readily available, the whole family will be happy to put down their electronics and enjoy the great outdoors. The Osa Peninsula let's a kid be a kid…even the grown up ones.