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Southern Pacific Coast

The Southern Pacific Coast is one of the least trodden and most biodiverse regions in Costa Rica, making it paradise to visit and an ecotourists dream. Fifty percent of the region is made up of the Osa Peninsula, one of the most biologically rich areas in the world. The coast is lined with magnificent beaches for sunning and surfing, and some that are untouched and secluded.

Jutting out from the Osa Peninsula is the enchanting Gulfo Dulce, a haven for migrating Humpback whales, frolicking dolphins and one of the four remaining coral reef fjords in the world. The Southern Pacific Coast is a bustling combination of charming villages with a variety of cuisines, from fresh fruit stands to fine dining, and a quiet escape from the crowd.

Popular Destination

Marino Ballena National Park

Nature chose to work one of its mysteries in Marino Ballena by uniting two breaking currents over a sandbar to form a perfect replica of a whale’s tail, where today Humpback whales migrate for breeding every year. Marine life is rich in Marino Ballina, where graceful whales, frolicking dolphins and turtles lay their eggs during the waning moon of September. And, to have marine life you must have water, and the Marina Ballena is graced with stunning a shoreline, a serene gulf and three of Costa Rica’s most popular beaches – Uvita, Dominical, Ojochal. The Park protects more than nine miles of sparkling coastline and over 13,000 acres of water safeguarding one of the most biologically diverse marine habitats: mangroves forests, largest coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean, untouched beaches, and marine habitats of all kinds. When you are looking for majestic waters and marine life and activities there is no better place than Marino Ballena.

Throw off your flip-flops and walk the Whale’s Tail sandbar at low tide.

Popular Destination

Corcovado National Park

It is fair to say that Corcovado National Park has it all – untouched scenery, secluded beaches, abundant wildlife, and a complex system of freshwater and marine resources. The park is the largest and only tropical primary lowland rainforest in Central America and is a perfect wildlife observation destination. Its biodiversity is unparalleled. National Geographic named the park the most biologically intense place on Earth, holding over five percent of the world’s animal population, made up of more than 500 species of trees, 140 species of mammals, 40 species of freshwater fish, 117 species of amphibians and about 6,000 species of insects. This, of course, makes it a dream destination for backpackers and explorers of all types. Surprisingly, given its rich ecological diversity, the park remains relatively unfrequented, aided by its access limited to boats and planes. But if you are lucky enough to get there, you will be surrounded by a sanctum of solitary beaches, intricate forest trails, green forests, and a towering waterfall. 

Make a vow to see all four species of monkeys in Corcovado … it is the only park to see them all.

Popular Destination

Drake Bay

Drake Bay was discovered by Sir Francis Drake in the 1600s. And in memorial, it has become an explorer’s wonderland. The bay lies on the Pacific side of the northern Osa Peninsula, which shares its rich ecosystem and near-deserted beaches. When you close your eyes and stand still on the bay, you can actually sense the sights and sounds of the living, breathing Costa Rican rainforest around you. It is a place of multiple ecosystems where forests are filled with exotic wildlife and waters brimming with an astounding population of marine life. Every sort of aquatic and jungle activities await ecotourists and adventure seekers. The bay is best accessed by boat or plane, to protect the future life of the secluded beaches and endless the quietude for peaceful walks along the shore. It is a paradise.  


Take a midnight swim through the bioluminescent plankton shimmering in the light of a new moon.

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