About Osa Peninsula
Osa Peninsula and Drake Bay are located in the south of the Puntarenas province in Costa Rica, close to the Panama border. These two amazing attractions had become the premier eco-tourism destination in the country. You will find the largest protected area in Costa Rica: the Corcovado National Park, which has been declared as ‘one of the most biologically intense places on earth’.
Drake is one of the most remote and primal tourist destinations in Costa Rica. The town of Agujitas (Drake) has a population of about 1,000 residents, and tourism is the economic base of the community. Drake Bay offers lodges and hotels for regular tourists, divers, nature buffs and anyone looking for an adventure. Drake Bay is also the starting point for many other exciting excursions in the south Pacific area of Costa Rica.
Isla del Caño Biological Reserve
The small Isla del Caño Biological Reserve is situated near Drake Bay. Hiking in its interior is an unforgettable experience. But the surrounding waters of this island are a good option for snorkeling and diving. Underwater, is possible to appreciate its wonderful marine life including coral beds, manta rays, octopus and many more.
Golfito is a banana port town situated in the southeast of the Golfo Dulce. This small town was founded in the late twenties by the United Brand Banana Company. Travelers are attracted to visit the nearby national parks, reserve areas and botanical gardens or to take boat trips in the pristine “Golfo Dulce” (Sweet Bay) and the river “Rio Coto”. This town also offers a duty free zone where mainly locals shop for imported appliances and other tax-free items.
Situated in the “Golfo Dulce”, the small town of Puerto Jimenez is the entrance to the Corcovado National Park. The area features some waterfalls, rivers, beaches and a good choice of hotels and resorts. In Puerto Jimenez there is also a domestic airport which is served by both Nature Air and Sansa Airlines. Five to six commercial flights land in Puerto Jimenez on a daily basis throughout the year.
Cabo Matapalo, Matapalo Beach
Cabo Matapalo is famous in the region for its awesome surf breaks. One of the best features of Cabo Matapalo is its privacy and awesome views.
This 6 km-long dark-sand beach is a good option for swimming. At the south, the waves get big enough for surfing. The surf is gentle, and at night the water is quiet and sometimes sparkles because of some tiny phosphorescent marine plants and plankton.
Pavones is a excellent option for long-board surfing.