Osa Península

The Osa Peninsula is not for everyone… not average people anyway. You will not find big hotels, condos or large development projects here. If that’s what you are looking for, there are other places in Costa Rica better suited for you. However, if you are looking for a close encounter with pure nature… both land and sea, and it thrills you to think about living in beautiful rural settings, small-town life, real Costa Rican culture where campesinos from the mountains still ride a horse into town, operating on solar energy, getting your water from a mountain spring, and driving a four-wheel drive… then read on!


General Info

With immaculate beaches and virgin forest, the Osa Peninsula in the southwest coast of Costa Rica is considered the most bio-diverse area in the world! Without a doubt, the most unique area in all of Costa Rica, Osa is a place where Jaguars still roam the jungle and Scarlet Macaws fly around town (you will not see this anywhere else in the country). The remoteness and pure, simple beauty of the Osa Peninsula makes it a place worth visiting. 

Drake Bay and Puerto Jimenez are two of the most popular destinations on the Osa Peninsula. Bahía Drake (Drake’s Bay) is a small bay on the north side of the Osa Peninsula and is one of the most remote and peaceful destinations in Costa Rica. This tranquil village offers easy access to the staggering amount of wildlife inhabiting Corcovado National Park. Puerto Jimenez is located on the Golfo Dulce side of the Osa Peninsula, and is famous for quiet beaches and amazing wildlife. Puerto Jimenez has its own airport and provides access to Corcovado National Park as well as the coastal villages.

Corcovado National Park is part of the Osa Conservation Area. With an area of 425 km² (263 m²)

Osa Peninsula

it is widely considered the crown jewel in the extensive system of national parks and biological reserves spread across the country. The ecological variety is quite stunning. National Geographic has called it "the most biologically-intense place on Earth”. The park conserves the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline and one of the few remaining sizeable areas of lowland tropical rainforests in the world. Corcovado National Park is open to the public and can be visited on day trips and overnight visits.

Several domestic airlines offer regularly scheduled flights from San Jose to Palmar Sur with flights lasting approximately 40 minutes. Access to the park is solely by boat.



The Osa Peninsula is home to at least half of all species living in Costa Rica. Corcovado is home to a significant population of the endangered Baird's Tapir and even a small population of the very rare Harpy Eagle. The park's rivers and lagoons are home to large populations of both the American crocodile and Spectacled Caiman, along with Bull sharks. Corcovado is also one of the final strongholds of the Jaguar within Central America and several other felines are also present, including Ocelot, Margay and Puma. All four Costa Rican monkey species can be seen within the park. Other mammals present include Two-toed and Three-toed Sloths. Poison dart frogs and several species of snakes are also common within the park.

The abundance in wildlife can be explained by the variety of vegetation types, at least 13. Another reason for the diversity (as with all of Costa Rica) is that it lies on a north-south corridor for flora and fauna; part of the "land bridge" and wildlife corridor that links the large continents of North America and South America.

Jaguar Wild


Things to do

Sport fishing, sea kayaking and snorkeling are just some of the possible things to do at Drake Bay, and if you are really feeling up for a unique experience, you might join one of the night bug tours. These tours are centered on the creatures that come out at night.

Bird-watching along the deserted beaches is as good as it gets in Costa Rica, and hidden waterfalls wait the curious who wants to walk the area's forest trails.

Hiking, camping, scuba diving and so much more can be enjoyed at Osa.


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