Spend some time away from the bustling streets to appreciate the serenity of the Costa Rican South Pacific. Many of those who visit the region fall in love with its tropical picturesque surroundings and temperate climate, some adopt it as a winter retreat and others come for vacations again and again.
Golfo Dulce bay
Becoming more and more popular for its biodiversity and the primary rainforests bordering it, the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) is the only tropical fjord of Central America and is counted among only four left in the world. Covered by an area of about 500 kilometers squared, this natural wealth in the South Pacific of Costa Rica is one of the favorite destinations for both sport fishing lovers, and ecological travelers. Open to the Pacific Ocean, the gulf contains species of flora and fauna found nowhere else. The Golfo Dulce is without a doubt different, exotic, wild and scenic. Hidden in its clear and warm waters is one of the most full of life aquatic ecosystems of the region. There is easy access to several little coastal areas and attractions around the gulf, including wild beaches, animal refuges, a botanical garden, a top surfing beach, picturesque mangroves and sinuous rivers.
The tiny coastal town literally consists of one stretch of road, boasting a national airport, luxury hotels, marinas, shops, fine restaurants, bars, banks and friendly people. Golfito has a very unique and fascinating history, its development started less than a century ago with the implantation of a multinational company - it is the original banana republic. Today it is known as a fishing village and prestigious tourist destination due to its incomparable natural beauty. This safe and peaceful town is equipped to receive a lot of tourists.
The numerous paths of the undisturbed Rainforest Mountain Reserve of Golfito all have their personal touch of attractiveness. See amazing sunsets and priceless views over the Golfo Dulce, hear a multitude of toucans, get up close and personal with the monkeys and discover some of the most unbelievable natural waterfalls of the region. All Golfito trails are easy to access and many of them are connected to others allowing short hikes and excursions to rugged expeditions in the mighty splendor of the unusual vegetation. Hundreds of kilometers of lowland tropical forests and unexplored mountain trails are waiting to be discovered.
The peninsula, located in the southwest of the country, is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Golfo Dulce. The main town is Puerto Jimenez, which has its own airport and provides access to the protected Corcovado National Park as well as the picturesque coastal villages of Cabo Matapalo and Carate.
Famed to be the most biological intense place in the world, the pristine forest of Corcovado homes at least half of all species living in Costa Rica and is the last refuge for many endangered ones. A premier eco-tourism destination, Osa visitors experience an exclusive lifestyle with the least amount of impact to the environment.
Appreciate the exotic and staggering wildlife even sitting from the balcony of your hotel room.
Rio Claro & Ciudad Neily
Between the border of Panama and Golfito, Rio Claro and Ciudad Neily are the two towns to stop by. Get off the highway and explore these pretty villages and the wonderland surrounding them. Environmentally characterized by exceptional viewpoints, great underground caverns and untouched vegetation, the heart of both towns are ideal for souvenir shopping and having a good dinner.
San Vito de Coto Brus
The city is located on a high plateau with very irregular topography at an altitude of a thousand meters above the sea level. Italians immigrated to Coto Brus during the 1950’s, and with them came the additional investment in the region's agricultural infrastructure. Bill Gates' private property is located in this area, he built an airstrip for the community and also helps locals in many ways. Today, due to its elevation and climate, Coto Brus has become an important coffee plantation zone, being one of the most valuable exportation areas, and Agua Buena was voted to have one of the purest waters found in the world.