The state of Puntarenas stretches along the central and south Pacific Coast of Costa Rica., it is also known as Pearl of the Pacific. It covers 4,350 miles (11.276) kilometers. It is the largest province of Costa Rica, extending from the cloud forest of Monteverde in the north, all the way through the perfect beaches of Jaco, Manual Antonio/Quepos and Dominical, all the way to the secluded beaches of the OSA Peninsula. The major attraction is its Pacific coastline, expanding over 500 miles down to the Panamanian boarder.
This large province provides a variety of beaches, natural reserves and national parks of highly ecological importance, since it is a change over area between the dry tropical lands of Guanacaste and the lush forests of the Central Pacific. It is located about 120 kilometers west of the capital San Jose. It is located in the gulf of Nicoya and has played a very significant rule in the history of Costa Rica. With construction of the new highway, it is just 1.5 hrs from the San Jose Airport to Jaco, making Puntarenas as accessible as it is remote.
The city of Puntarenas and the port of Caldera entertain hundreds of tourists every day, from numerous cruise ships making stopover on its coasts. Several of these ships are traveling with the Panama Canal as destination that permits passengers to discover Costa Rica’s inland, only to meet their cruise ship a few days later at the port of Limon, in the Caribbean. Puntarenas attracts several thousand tourists every year. The visitors are frequently used this place as a central point when traveling around the scores of beautiful beaches and islands in the adjoining areas. The City of Puntarenas, Costa Rica has 14 national parks and reserves and several beaches, more than in any other province of the country. Few are Playa Naranjo, Playa Mal Pais, San Lucas, Cedros and Jesuita. Many national parks and nature reserves are also close at hand, like the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Santa Elena Forest Reserve, the Cabo Blanco Reserve, Corcovado National Park, the Carara’s Biological Reserve and the Manuel Antonio National Park. Visiting Puntarenas on the weekend or during local holidays is also an old tradition among Costa Ricans themselves. Puntarenas is an ideal holiday getaway, and several hundreds of real estate deals are available in this tropical paradise.
Puntarenas continues to be one of the most important tourist regions in Costa Rica. A lively and attractive city, one of most interesting features is the Paseo de los Turistas. This is a tree-lined on walkway adjacent to the beach. This area becomes into a vibrant street on weekends, as people from all over gather the popular restaurants, cafes, discos, bars and hotels that are established here. The beach is not safe for swimming because the water tends to be pretty dark, it is still a great place to go around and relax with the local Ticos.
It is definitely significance travel around this city, as there are several beautiful old extraordinary buildings available all over the place and several wonderful restaurants and hotels. Puntarenas also has an attractive old church, which is a must see. During highest tourist seasons, visit the Casa de la Cultura for several exceptional plays and concerts. It is a home of festivals and carnivals, the best time to visit the city is during the Festejos Populares in November, and the Fiesta del Virgin del Mar in July. Every year during the months of February and March, the city becomes active with annual carnival celebrations.
Tourism is an important aspect of the provincial economy. The country’s most popular beach resorts, Puntarenas, Jaco, and Manuel Antonio, and several others are all available in this province, including Dona and Barranca beaches.
There are several hotels, resorts, cabinas and private accommodations in Puntarenas, with lots of facilities and services with bars and restaurants. Some hotels have Casino. The visitors will also find many small inexpensive restaurants, bars, cabinas and gracious locals that make Puntarenas a great destination. Puntarenas has a normal climate and many pleasant places to enjoy.
Enjoy beachfront views, a relaxing tropical atmosphere and outstanding customer service all for a great value at the Best Western Jaco Beach Resort. Located in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region, this Jaco Beach hotel is minutes away from the fun-filled surfing town of Jaco and a variety of outdoor activities such as tennis, volleyball, horseback riding and kayaking.
The Doubletree Resort by Hilton Costa Rica – Puntarenas is a modern, full-amenity, all-inclusive resort hotel. This beachfront Costa Rica Hilton hotel is perfectly situated on the Central Pacific region outside the port city of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. It is located 50 minutes west of Juan Santa Maria International Airport (SJO) and the Costa Rican capital city of San Jose. The hotel offers the perfect vacation lodging and home-base for exploring the wonders of Central America’s beautiful Costa Rica.
Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
Recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine readers as one of the “World’s Best”, the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is a luxury Costa Rica resort nestled between the warm waters of the Pacific and a 1,100 acre tropical rainforest. A memorable Costa Rica beach resort vacation waits, gliding from tree to tree on a canopy tour or just sitting back and relaxing along our palm lined
This large province carries a variety of beaches, natural reserves and national parks of ecological importance, since it is a change over area between the dry tropical lands of Guanacaste and the lush forests of the Central Pacific, Costa Rica.
1- Penas Blancas National Wildlife Refuge
2- Curu National Wildlife Refuge
3- Guayabo, Negritos and Pájaros Biological Reserves
4- Carara Biological Reserve
5- Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve
6- Manuel Antonio National Park
7- La Amistad International Park
8- Ballena Marine National Park
9- Corcovado National Park
10- Golfito National Wildlife Refuge
11- Cano Island Biological Reserve
12- Cocos Island National Park
Other Point of interest
1) Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve:
Monteverde is well-known for its Cloud Forest reserves and prolific birdlife place in Costa Rica. This very rural, rustic area is perfect for hard-core birdwatchers. Monteverde has grown in popularity because there are few places on Earth with this kind of rainforest still intact. Proper planning is required for a visit to Monteverde. You must hire a 4-wheel drive vehicle, because ALL roads in and out of Monteverde are dirt. If your vacation time is short, only keen hikers and birdwatchers should consider visit to Monteverde. There are few activities that include:
The Canopy Tour - The Canopy Tour near Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has 11 platforms. This tour is exclusive because you climb up the inside of a strangler fig tree to a platform. The strangler fig is the larger tree. It grows upward around the outside of a host tree and eventually “strangles” it. The host tree eventually dies and decays, leaving the hollow strangler fig. This tour features more rappelling, and was the first Canopy Tour location in the World.
Hiking/bird watching in the Cloud Forest Reserves – This is what Monteverde is famous for. We suggest guided hikes, because guides have the knowledge about the trails and where to get the animals. Early morning hikes are useful as the birds and wildlife are more active. Monkeys, birds, and other mammals can be found at Monteverde. Two-toed sloths like this one are primarily nocturnal. Costa Rica has 5 sloth species divided into two categories: two-toed and three-toed sloths. Sloths are solitary and slow-moving creatures. Because their diet consists of leaves, they have slow metabolic rates and low body temperatures. A sloth will change trees only once every two days on average.
2) Santa Elena Reserve:
In response to the growing numbers of visitors to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, this reserve was formed in the early 1990′s, just a few kilometers to the northwest along the same mountain chain. The cloud forest habitats are quite similar to that available at the neighboring reserve, as is the associated wildlife, including magnificent Quetzals.
One unique option at the Santa Elena Reserve, if the clouds allow, is to view Arenal Volcano. Even though the active volcano is some 20 kilometers away from this points, it is still an impressive sight on clear days.
The reserve is owned and managed by the Santa Elena Agricultural High School. The tracks were constructed by high school volunteers from the Canadian Youth Challenge organization. To reach here, take the dirt road out of Santa Elena towards Tilaran and stand right at the first junction beyond the soccer field. Four-wheel is necessary during the rainy months from February to May.
3) Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden (San Vito):
This Botanical garden was started during 1963 by its namesakes and sections were landscaped by the famed Brazilian landscape architect, Roberto Burle-Marx. Presently it is owned and controlled by the Organization for Tropical Studies, The Wilson tried to grow tea on the property, but coffee was an established crop in the region, local people were not interested in the alternative crop.
The Wilson’s’ affection for certain plant families reveals itself in the large collection of palms, bromeliads, heliconias, marantas, aroids, and ferns collected through the years on the 10 hectares of cultivated area. An adjoining 145-hectare tract of premontane wet forest, the largest remaining patch in the region, adds to the garden’s attractiveness. Over 220 bird species, 80 mammal species and 71 species of reptiles and amphibians have been recognized on the property.
It is about 1,000 meters above sea level, the temperatures in the garden are warm during the and evenings are cool. The area gets an average of four meters of rain per year, generally during May to November. The garden is 5.6 kilometers from San Vito. To reach here from the town of San Vito, drive south to the village of Agua Buena. Meals and lodging are available at the gardens.
4) Gulf of Nicoya:
This extensive bay of sea water is the consequence of geological changes that has caused the land to go under water; leaving uncovered only the tops of what were previously low hills. These are the assorted islands that dot the gulf and include Chira Island which is country’s largest with an expansion of 52 square kilometers, San Lucas Island (previously a prison island) and the biological reserves of Guayabo, Negritos and Pájaros Islands.
The protected anchor ages near Caldera and the discharge of land that is now the city of Puntarenas offered important entrance to the Spanish colonists who came first from Panama and later from Guatemala and Nicaragua. These and many other parts of the coastline that are protected from the direct impact of ocean swells support mangroves, which are breeding sites for several marine life. The local fishing industry is flourishing due to these mangroves swamp. All mangroves areas in Costa Rica are protected by law.
There are several fully stocked dive shops with certified instructors and dive masters are available in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Most of the diving is around rock formations, in 20 to 100 foot depths. Visibility ranges between 20 and 80 feet and water temperatures a steady 75 to 85 degrees, with 80 to 90 degree air temperatures year-round. As well as coastal diving in Cocos Island.
About halfway down Costa Rica’s Pacific coast at Herradura is an area known as El Jardín that is famous for its configurations of soft coral and sea fans. This is easily accesses by dive operators from Puntarenas or Quepos.
The drive from the San Jose airport to Puntarenas will be around one hour on the new highway and it’s about 120 kilometers to the west of San Jose. There are great means of transportation running to and from Puntarenas; the traveling is easier and more convenient. With a good network of bus services connecting the city to the other major destinations in Costa Rica, Getting to Puntarenas should not be much of a concern. Puntarenas transportation helps you in exploring the city even better.Read More
The Costa Rican southwestern is one of the most geographically diverse areas in the world; it has ample of beautiful beaches and incredible landscapes. Playa Uvita is also among the most beautiful beaches on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast with palm trees swaying by the wind speed It is located in the Puntarenas province around 17 km south of Dominical. It is a best surfing place. Playa Uvita is located within the Marino Ballena National Park. This marine park is very famous due to Humpback; whales travel here to the warm waters off the coast to mate before returning up north between the months December and April.
Accessible throughout the year as the weather is gorgeous most of the time, Playa Uvita is a Two mile white sand beach with modest waves and crystal blue waters. As this beach is a component of the Marino Ballena National Park, fishing and hunting of any aquatic life is strictly forbidden. The swimming conditions are perfect here and travelers can have the enjoyment with a variety of water sports. The best element of Playa Uvita is it has beautiful landscape with estuaries and mangrove marshes in addition to its pretty local village environment.
There is quite a bit to do in Uvita’s vicinity. Apparently, its closeness to the ocean permits for innumerable aquatic activities such as surfing, swimming, sun bathing, snorkeling, kayaking, sport fishing, boat tours, whale watching. Horseback riding and scuba diving are very famous activities here. However, if somebody wants a more relaxed pace, they can go for a long walks along the beach, sunbathe on the coast and take pleasure in the fabulous scenic beauty and marine of the Playa Uvita, Costa Rica. A comparatively calm beach with fewer tourists, you can also a visit to the nearby Cano Island, Violines Island or Ballena Island, or go on a hike to the tropical forest and mountains that are nearby.
Playa Uvita provides abundance of accommodation at a very reasonable price; several budget guesthouses, hotels and rustic lodges are available in the area. There are also ample of local and cozy bars and restaurants to eat at as well, as street side sodas (small cafes) that provide tasty local delights.
There are several hotels, resorts and other accommodations are available at a very reasonable price at Playa Uvita. If you want to stay on the beach, there are cabanas and rooms available for rent.
Cristal Ballena Bahia Resort – Uvita
Cristal Ballena is on a hillside with a 180-degree view of Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay) and features rooms with private balconies with stunning ocean views. This beautiful 4-star hotel, with its open cafe-style Bar – Restaurant “Pura Vida”, is located in the midst of its own 12-hectare grounds, very close to the unique “Marino Ballena” Marine National Park and mountains covered in rainforest.
All their generous Suites are designed with a special eye on details and comfort. Natural interior materials harmonize with the luxurious vegetation in front of the private balcony. The warm and personal atmosphere will let you feel like home.
Their 2 simple but charming Adventure Lodges are situated in our colorful garden, surrounded by cheerful tropical forest. Each lodge is complete with terrace, separate tiled bathroom, king size bed, electricity and ceiling fan.
Whales and Dolphins Ecolodge – Uvita
The Cabins at Whales and Dolphins are vividly located on a bluff overlooking Ballena Marina Park, the pacific coast and Cano Island. This marine national park includes the largest coral reef on the pacific side of Costa Rica.
This lodge has 20 comfortable rooms; all are very well equipped and decorated with balconies to provide awesome views overlooking the natural environment. The property features 4 Superior Standard rooms and 16 Standard rooms, all of them with private balcony with stunning ocean views, AC, fan, private bathrooms, hairdryer, safety box, mini bar, telephone, and satellite TV.
You can find a newly built panoramic swimming pool on the premises that invites clients to relax and refresh themselves, while enjoying awesome sunsets and surrounding large terraces with sun beds, gift shop, bar, and an exclusive restaurant.
They also arrange all kind of tours, adventure and activities, including the popular whales and dolphins observation boat tour, also surf lessons, sport fishing, canopy tours, horse back riding, ATVs, hikes in the natural preserves, sunset tours and visit of nearby beaches and of course visits to the famous Marine Park Ballena.
Oxygen Jungle Villas – Uvita
Oxygen Jungle Villas is a small exclusive boutique resort located in Uvita in the middle of Costa Rica’s amazing Costa Ballena. This special property only caters to twenty four customers at a time in their luxury one bedroom villas.
If you are searching for a Costa Rica luxury home and planning to settle to the South Pacific after your retirement or you are looking to enjoy you holidays in a tranquil place, there is abundance of things to do in and around Uvita. From eco tour adventures to nights out and fine dining, there is something for every one in Costa Rica’s South Pacific.
Playa Uvita, Playa Dominical, and Playa Ojochal and several others are excellent examples of why this part of Costa Rica has become popular with eco tourists. Maintaining its natural authenticity, the South Pacific has not surrendered to over development. Long white beaches, deep blue seas and rising and falling foothills make the South Pacific a paradise for the nature lovers and holiday seekers.
Although development in this part of Costa Rica has been moderate many of the beach town’s benefit from excellent facilities making the transition to paradise living all the more easier. If you are searching a vacation with nature and looking for something to do during your visit to Playa Uvita, Costa Rica and love nature then the South Pacific has it all.
San Josecito Beach Day Tour
San Josecito is a lovely beach with palm tree and thick vegetation. You can enjoy the beach, have sunbath, swim and you have the choice of snorkeling, that provide you the chance to view of tropical fish. You can explore the under water world also.
Sport Fishing Tour
Enjoy with sports fishing during your visit to Uvita. Private fishing charters are available. The South Pacific coast of Costa Rica has abundance of Pargo, Wahoo, Marlin and Tuna and the most common areas for sports fishing are Faruno Bank and Cano Island.
Snorkeling Tour at Marino Ballena National Park
The Marino Ballena National Park is a snorkeler’s paradise, you will be to spot several types of fishes, a variety of sea-floor creatures and observe different creeping creatures at the bottom of the ocean. The park has 18 different types of coral reef. You have a chance to watch dolphins and whales plying around your boat.
Bahia Aventuras Combo Tour
During the Bahia Aventuras Whale Watching & Dolphin Encounter Combo Tour, you will have several experiences like whale watching, dolphin encounters, snorkeling and a visit to natural water caves. search for humpback whales, listen to their love songs and feel the great sensation of watching a mammal that weighs more than 40 tons jump out of the water and splash its gigantic tail. Snorkel and observe dolphins, turtles, bi-color parrot fish and more.
Corcovado National Park Day Tour
Corcovado National Park is an experience of a lifetime. It include the only remaining old growth tropical forests on the Pacific coast of Central America, and 13 major ecosystems including lowland rain forest, highland cloud forest, jolillo palm forest, and mangrove marshes, as well as costal marine and beach habitats. There is a good chance of spotting some of Costa Rica’s most endangered inhabitants here; Baird’s Tapirs, Jaguars, Scarlet Macaws, Harpy Eagles, Red-backed squirrel monkeys and White-lipped Peccaries. It is wet, remote and rugged, but the trails are relatively good, and the camping areas near the ranger stations are grassy and well drained.
If you have ever imagined yourself swimming up to a deserted golden sand beach lined with coconut palms, then rinsing off under a waterfall surrounded by the greenness of the rainforest.
Cano Island Biological Reserve Day Tour
Take a whale watching and dolphin tour during your visit. You can get a day long eco dolphin and whale watching tour in Drake Bay and Cano Island. Get the opportunity to witness five species of dolphins and three species of whales in the area.
Take a relaxing waterfall tour and hike through the rainforest landscape. The Nauyaca and Diamante waterfalls are the most famous in the South Pacific area. Tour operators offer hikes or horseback rides to the waterfalls.
Take an exciting canopy tour. It is suitable for all ages; canopy tours are a best way to get knowledge about the paradise surroundings. The South Pacific has plenty of canopy tours to choose from including the Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge Canopy Tour, the Rainforest Canopy Tour, the Canopy Observation Platform and Rainforest Tree climbing.
Enjoy with a bird watching tour in Corovado and Marina Ballena National Park located in the Osa Peninsula.
You can have the enjoyment of a couple of rounds of golf surrounded by paradise in the South Pacific.
Take pleasure with Surfing in the South Pacific.
Scuba diving is best at Cano Island National Park. The rough coastline is 10 kilometers long with small beaches of white sand, rocky platforms and cliffs up to 60 meter high. There is no better place for big fish encounters than Cano Island: white tipped reef sharks, mantas, bluefin trevally, snappers, rays, eels etc., just to name a few can be seen here.
The first marine park in Latin America was established in 1990. The park is a system of reefs and islands called Las Tres Hermanas that protect the coastline which creates some of the best diving and snorkeling in Costa Rica.
Also basic diving courses and different PADI courses like open water diver, advanced, rescue and dive master are accessible.
Dining out and cultural activities
South Pacific’s region is famous as an eco tourist destination so there are several top rated restaurants located here. The South Pacific has a large expatriate community. Many retirees continue to run small businesses here including restaurants. Expect to find international cuisine ranging from Italian, French, Spanish and South American to traditional U.S and Costa Rican dishes.
Uvita is located in the south of San Jose, the best way to reach Playa Uvita is to fly in to the San Jose airport, and then catch a bus to Quepos, Dominical, or San Isidro de El General. From there, you can catch another bus to Playa Uvita, which is a short drive away. An alternative option for tourists is to fly to the Palomar Sur Airport and then drive to Uvita beach.Read More
Playa Zancudo is known to be one of the nicest and most deserted beaches in Costa Rica. It is a beautiful black sand beach situated about 20 kilo meters south of Golfito in the Puntarenas province. The less populated, six mile long gorgeous peninsula that shapes Playa Zancudo extends into Golfo Dolce and is open the Pacific Ocean on the West and is surrounded on the East by the Rio Coto Colorado. It is an ideal location for a relaxing holidays; Playa Zancudo provide travelers, surfers and families a incredible getaway to an area that is calm and peaceful compare to other Costa Rica’s other beaches. It has unspoiled sceneries and utterly natural environments; Zancudo beach is a paradise for those who want a tranquil holidays.
Playa Zancudo is relatively quite and have several best swimming places on Costa Rica’s southern pacific coast. This beach is an excellent surfing and sport fishing destination also. Playa Zancudo also lies near a mangrove marsh with great prospects to watch much of the local wildlife. You can observe various birds, monkeys and crocodiles that exist in the area.
Playa Zancudo is a six km long flat beach has crystal clear blue waters of the Pacific serenely rotate onto the coasts of Zancudo thus creates gentle surf that is perfect for all to enjoy and relax. The northern end of the Zancudo beach is calm; the far south has waves enough to surf. The travelers who enjoys body surfing, or boogie boarding, the central beach area of the Zancudo beach is perfect.
The stunning sunsets during the day at this beach turns into a miraculous kingdom on a glittery night, as tiny phosphorescent marine life light up the waters of the beach to present a fantastic scene. This beach has magnificent views across the Golfo Dulce into the bay. It is a popular tourist destination because of the superb surfing. Playa Zancudo provides economical accommodations, excellent food, several bars, restaurants and discos with a casual atmosphere provide the ultimate holiday retreat.
There are no upper class resorts in this area, just small, cozy hotels are available that are providing economical accommodation to the visitors.
Tiskita Jungle Lodge – Playa Zancudo
Tiskita Jungle Lodge is located in Playa Zancudo on a gentle hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean; Costa Rica. It is very close to the Pavones where you will find great waves and rain forest. It offers to the nature lovers an outstanding opportunity to experience the wonderful variety of life in a lowland tropical rain forest. At Tiskita, Playa Zancudo holds a nature lodge and biological reserve hosting an abundance of wildlife on its 800 acres. Tiskita Lodge’s property includes mostly primary rain forest, smaller sections of secondary rain forest, and open orchards. A naturalist guide and an extensive trail system enable visitors to explore these forests and experience their fascinating sights and sounds first hand.
Tiskita Lodge is a collection of 9 individual cabins (sixteen rooms) and private rooms set amid the rich jungle of the tropical Costa Rican rainforest and fruiting trees. Tiskita Lodge has 60 acres of tropical fruit orchards and farm, featuring over 100 exotic fruits, including carambola, mango, mangos teen, guanabana, durian, pineapple, papaya, breadfruit, guava, vanilla, zapote, and more.
Cabinas Los Cocos – Playa Zancudo
Cabinas Los Cocos is located on Playa Zancudo which is far away from the hectic and stressful life. This hotel is lies on an unpopulated coastline backed by coconut and almond trees. Each cabin is fitted with fan and hot showers and have a kitchen, with all that is needed for morning coffee or cooking your own meals, and a fridge for fruit and drinks. Each cabin is a small house with privacy and comfort.
This is a high Class hotel specialized in Sport Fishing service located in Zancudo Beach. It is surrounded by beautiful natural landscaping. Zancudo Lodge is located in Playa Zancudo. It is four miles away from Golfito on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The visitors can reach by boat from Golfito. The hostel has twenty rooms, all with air conditioning, hot water, telephone, TV, stocked refrigerator, coffee maker and hairdryer. There are is a pool near the beach, so overlooking the ocean. A large whirlpool bath has also been added. They provide everything you need to rest and comfort.
Meals are served in family style in the dining room and bar, all you can eat and that will prepare your fish will be caught during the day. Some edible fish was brought back to camp and prepared for guests. There are small ships and boat available for trips. Their ships are built for fishing with comfort and safety. Each boat is equipped desire outriggers, depth finders, radios and excellent fishing front
At Playa Zancudo, the Pacific Ocean is the playground where visitors can involve themselves in a variety of water sports like, sport fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, water-skiing, kayaking, or tours of the nearby Rio Coto Colorado. You can also visit the Casa Orquideas Botanical Gardens and walk trails close to the river.
Playa Zancudo is a sleepy Costa Rican village extending along two miles of unpaved road. On one side of the peninsula lies a river estuary filled with marine life, bird and animal life.
There are several things to do in Playa Zancudo. You can have the following activities.
Sunbathing, Surfing, Swimming, Horseback riding, Boogie boarding, River tours, and kayaking, Bicycling and Sports and river fishing.
The world famous surf breaks Pavones or Punta Montapalo are very near, you can reach by a boat or car ride. The writers and artists will find the beauty and tranquility in Playa Zancudo. The world class sport fishing is available through some local contractor companies.
Across the bay, the OSA Peninsula (Corcovado National Park) offers tropical forest and river kayak tours.
Playa Zancudo, Costa Rica have both Tico and Gringo, both owned stores and restaurants that are conveniently located and offer varieties. There are an incredible range of fresh fruits and fresh fish available.
Access to Playa Zancudo is either by boat or a long and rough 1.5 hour car ride from the town of Golfito; or you can take a water taxi from the docks. If you opt for a boat ride, be sure to take a camera as you will have plenty of fabulous photo opportunities along the magnificent coast, which is part of the charm of living or vacationing on remote Playa Zancudo.Read More
Today’s beautiful town of Puerto Jimenez was a remote town in the early 60’s, now it has become one of the best towns on the OSA Peninsula’s southeastern coast, neighboring to the rich waters of the Golfo Dulce. The Puerto Jimenez is eleven miles north of Cabo Matapalo. The tourist, animal lovers, and eco-tourists and others are drawn to the cheerfully painted buildings, inspiring wildlife, and perfect beaches of this serene coastal town of Costa Rica. The area’s mangrove marsh’s and moist rainforests are home to countless fauna, including scarlet macaws, white-faced monkeys, ocelots.
This gold mining and logging town transformed this remote village into a flourishing port. However, it has managed to maintain its wonderful, small-town atmosphere. Whereas tourism has fascinated several foreign residents to this little corner of the world, while maintaining unique local flavor of Costa Rica.
Puerto Jimenez is one of the main gate way and an hour and a half drive from Corcovado National Park, The last beach town before one can enter the park premises; a main park ranger station is placed here with several tourists using this town to increase on supplies before they hike through the beautiful and varied wildlife that the Corcovado National Park, Jewel of Costa Rica. has to present. It is one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth. An information center in town gives details on trails and wildlife for the visitors planning a hike or a camping trip. Take the help of a naturalist guide is highly recommended to assist in spotting animals while trekking through the park’s verdant trails.
Puerto Jimenez is a tiny frontier town that has a several hotel and resorts, both luxurious and affordable. There are several tour and travel agencies in the area that arrange tours around the region. Transportation can also be arranged from Puerto Jimenez, if you are found of Surf you can move to the lovely village of Cabo Matapalo, which is famed for its amazing surf breaks in the region.
Puerto Jimenez is a beautiful small frontier town that has a several hotel and resorts, both luxurious and affordable, with many rental tour companies and travel agencies in the area from where trips around the region can be arranged. Transportation can also be organized from Puerto Jimenez.
Iguana Lodge is an up-class family beach destination. It is located only a ten minutes walk outside of Puerto Jimenez. It is lodged with all-inclusive. The Villa Kula vacation rental is available with kitchen (three night minimum), and the hotel-style Club Rooms upstairs from the famous Monochingo Bar and Grille, there is something for all budgets and all tastes. Richly beautiful bungalows and vacation rentals are constructed at the forest’s boundary with the beach. The coastline is sandy beach for kilometers with excellent surf for body-surfing. It is very close to Puerto Jimenez; Iguana Lodge is a piece of paradise. Delicious cuisines are available at standard cost at Iguana Lodge, which offers a complete assortment of regional tours and activities.
Arenas de Osa
Arenas de Osa Lodge is a reasonably priced eco-friendly beach hotel placed on Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast in the Golfo Dulce in the Osa Peninsula..
Arenas de Osa Lodge is located in the town of Puerto Jimenez directly on the way to Corcovado National Park. It is the only first-class beach hotel located in the town of Puerto Jimenez. Every room is modern and beautiful, with air-conditioning, and free internet access. A continental breakfast is also included at Arenas de Osa Restaurant.
Arenas de Osa, in Puerto Jimenez, is very close to beautiful beaches, and a few minutes walk from the small fishing town of Puerto Jimenez which was originally a gold mining town and has recently become the stepping off point for Costa Rica Eco-Tours in and around Corcovado National Park, as well as a gathering place for world-class sports fishing.
The visitors will find comfortable rooms. English and Spanish languages are spoken and they arrange tours and airport pickup for the convenience of their guests..
Cabinas Jimenez – Puerto Jimenez
Cabinas Jimenez is very comfortable cabinas that are located right on the waters of the Golfo Dulce. That offers incredible views from the rancho and decks will give guests an opportunity to enjoy the varying tides and vista at any time of day. The hotel has privileged to get guests from all over the world and here they enjoy at the little slice of paradise.
Cabinas Jimenez is the only Cabinas in Puerto Jimenez that are located directly on the Golfo Dulce. It is on a short five minutes walk from downtown Puerto Jimenez on a quiet dead-end street. You can swim or sunbathe on beach or just relax and enjoy the shade under the palm trees from one of our many hammocks.
Cabinas Jimenez is fortunate to be at the front door of the world famous Corcovado National Park that has been declared as one of the “most biologically intense places on the Planet” by the National Geographic Society. Corcovado National Park is the jewel of Costa Rica’s park arrangement.
There are several activities in Puerto Jimenez. People use this place as a home base to explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica. Many adrenaline-fueled activities are available here, including zip line adventures, ecolodges, sport fishing excursions, dolphin watching, snorkeling and gold panning.
The nearby place is the Golfo Dulce, a great place for dolphin and whale watching, nice kayaking adventures and wildlife observation in the mangrove area. There are also the Herrera Gardens, which is a best place for nature walks. Near Jimenez you also have Corcovado National Park and the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve. Almost all the people come to Jimenez to get the experience of these two places. Neighboring Dos Brazos, which experienced a gold rush during the 1970s, is also of interest to some visitors. A few people still try to make a living off of small-scale mining operations here, and tourists are invited to try their own hand at panning.
The travelers can kayak in the estuaries of nearby Platanares River, an excellent place for bird and wildlife watching, or enjoy the ocean’s phosphorescent beauty after sunset. Puerto Jimenez is also the access to the pure and untouched beaches of Cabo Matapalo, a famous surfing destination, about 11 miles to the south. This entire region is now a protected territory. In and around the Puerto Jimenez, there is a lot to see and execute several activities. There are several tour are available to explore the area, such as Sport fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rappelling, and kayaking. The Osa Peninsula is home to the world famous Corcovado National Park which has been described as one of the most biologically intense places in the world by the National Geographic Society.
By Air: several major airlines arrive through the San Jose. Once you have reached in San Jose, Costa Rica,
choose one of 2 regional airlines to reach Puerto Jimenez.
By Car: Driving from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez is roughly an 8 hour drive. It is recommended to leave early in the morning to avoid traveling at night as the roads can sometimes be deceitful. The roads are in good shapes but stretches sometime can be full of pothole and with narrow bridges and lack of any signs for direction. A 4-wheel drive car is recommended and it will make your trip enjoyable.
By Shuttle: Shuttle service is a shared transportation choice in an air-conditioned minibus between popular destinations. Shuttle routes operate daily, and in some cases there are multiple departure times throughout the day. However, shuttles are not a public bus. They are subject to availability and must make a reservation in it.
By Bus: From San Jose you can catch the daily bus service that departs from Transportes Blanco. The bus will take about 10 hours to reach Puerto Jimenez.
By Boat: You can also reach the Osa Peninsula via a boat from Golfito. There is a launch leaving from the public dock every day around 11:30. You can also choose from many private boat operators who will ferry you across the Golfo Dulce and take you to Puerto Jimenez.
You can get to Puerto Jimenez either by bus or car. However, it can be as long as a 10-hour drive so, it is better to fly in to the domestic airport out here from San Jose International Airport. Flights also come in to the airport here from Pavas as well.
Pavones is a small remote fishing village of Costa Rica located along Southern Pacific Coast. It is one of the most famous surf breaks of the Costa Rica. It is the perfect destination for the people who want to catch some of the best long waves; it can connect for 2-3 minutes rides. The waves have a number of sections which allow carving, pumping and artifice for the persons sipping on their Imperials at the Cantina at the end of the break. The waves here at the peak during rainy season, which lasts April to October. Miles of deserted beaches backed by virgin rain forest make Pavones an attractive destination for surfer and non surfers alike. This small town is located about 1 ½ hour drive from Golfito. The little town survives almost entirely for surf tourists. The swells here are ideal for serious surfer. The south swells approaching to Pavones turn into perfect lefts that get hollow and allowing surfers on a fine day to ride the waves. The wave rides are so long that you plainly have to get out of the water and walk back to the line up. However, many things must be considered before traveling to Pavones. As it is located on the interior of Golfo Dulce, it can blocked from many swells and can go for weeks with no surf, once the swell hits, it is common to see a large crowed of foreigners as well as locals.
There are very few hotels in the area and almost no services. This area is extremely remote and all power supply here is provided by solar energy. There are really no restaurants, bars, no big shops therefore; all hotels include all meals in their stay.
Private Cabins above the Pavones surf break at the edge of the jungle.
Mira Olas provide comfortable cabins with private bath and few are with kitchen is located in a tropical orchard. It is only five to ten minutes walk to the surf, stores and restaurants. You can have the panoramic views of the surf break from your cabin. A large variety of birds, among them toucans and scarlet macaws, as well as three species of monkeys are regularly seen on Mira Olas 11 acres. A short trail takes you down into the narrow valley of the Rio Claro. The crystal clear river forms large, deep pools inviting you to dive in – a great way to cool off during the hottest part of the day. Watch the agile squirrel monkeys cross the river in the canopy above or you can float down river, out of the canyon to the surf break.
La Ponderosa offers 5 cabins with view of the ocean, private bathrooms with hot water, ceiling fans, accommodating up to 4 people. 3 of those cabins have a/c. You will find a separate dining area and recreation area as well. It was opened in 1994. It has 14 acres of lush jungle, botanical gardens, fruit trees, and trails leading to a beautiful waterfall. Located in Pavones, the cabinas are across from the OSA Peninsula, in the Golfo Dulce.
It is located up in the mountain; this hotel offers 4 large rooms with private bath. Each room offers double beds or 2 double beds and one single bed. A unique, private Bed & Breakfast are offering pure relaxation and privacy with tropical forests, ocean vistas and sandy beaches. Casa Siempre Domingo offers modern accommodations, personalized service and genuine hospitality.
There is no place to eat; all hotels do include all meals.
There is lot more to do than surfing in Pavones; sport fishing is becoming very popular here as well as outdoor adventure activities like Canopy Tours, horseback riding and Kite Surfing. This place is also ideal for sun bathing or a nice long stroll to get pleasure from the surrounding natural beauty. North of Pavones though, there are some really beautiful remote beaches and reefs, which are perfect to spend a day away from the crowds. While hanging out in the local beachfront cantina is the best way to keep abreast of what’s going on in town.
This area is very remote and if you can catch it on a good day, the logistical nightmares surrounding your arrival will be well worth it.
The famous Pavones... point break left, with great distance in rides – almost .75 miles. Sure, that is the miles. Clearly, it is one of the longer breaks in the world. This break is unpredictable but when it is good, it is truly good.
A reef break with rights and lefts located just south of Pavones. Good place to check out if Pavones is too crowded. Best conditions at mid to high tide with a swell from the south, or west.
Punta Burica – Accessible only by boat (South)
You have reached to the end of the world. Very remote & great reef breaks located on the very tip of Costa Rica on the border of Panama. Best conditions with a swell from the south or SSW.
Once you are in Golfito, you can find many options to get Pavones. The Taxi’s cost around $60-70. Private car rental is also available. It will take about 1 ½ hours. If you are coming from San Jose, you must consider arriving Golfito.Read More
South Pacific, Costa Rica
Province: South Puntarenas
The village of Ojochal is located on the southern Pacific coast in the province of Puntarenas of Costa Rica. Ojochal is approximately thirty minutes south city of Dominical and around thirty minutes north of Palmar Norte. Many members of this multicultural community originate from Germany, France, America, Italy and Canada. This village is a home of strong and welcoming community of expects. Ojochal is a great place for people who are looking to relax on beach.
The Ojochal town and its neighboring beaches offer privacy and the perfect surroundings for rest and relaxation. Verdant tropical jungles liquefy into the white sandy coast of the Pacific. Due to their location, these sandy beaches are less visited and developed compare to the other more popular beach destinations.
The visitors Ojochal can enjoy in participating by taking part in several activities, they can take ATV tour, which will give opportunities to go on an adventure drive through rocky terrain. The visitors can enjoy on a canopy tour, where they will see the wildlife of the rainforest, Nature lovers may go to birds watching tour, and this local region is the home of more than 450 species of birds. You can explore the mangroves areas which are a unique ecosystem that lies at the border between the forest and the sea.
The cultural assortment is as varied as the country of
Costa Rica. Ojochal is centrally located to several beautiful beaches and surrounded by magnificent mountains. The village itself captures the natural beauty and mystery of Costa Rica. Travelers can also use Ojochal as a base for travel around some of the many national parks and reserves spreaded throughout the area. The
Corcovado National Park will provide the visitors amazingly varied varieties of plants and animals. The Ballena National park is famous for its striking coral reefs and many dolphins and whales that swim in the water off the shore.
The area is decorated by beautiful scenes of sunsets and blue seas which are best for swimming than the surfing. The area is also best for birds watching as numerous of different species are found in the area.
The majority of Ojochal residents would agree that the town does not suffer without such amenities as they are easily accessible nearby. Properties in this area are flourishing and have a water and electricity supply as well as internet access and good cell phone coverage.
The Escuela Verde Costa Ballena is an international school located in Uvita. Many children from expatriate families in the area attend this school which offers a bilingual comprehensive syllabus.
The vast majority of local businesses in Ojochal cater for tourists. The mountainous landscape of Ojochal has meant that although there is a centre but it is relatively small in comparison to neighboring towns. Hotels and diverse tourist activities have been set up on the surrounding foothills to take full benefit of the stunning scenery.
The advantages of living in Ojochal are to get benefits from all sorts of outdoor activities available in the area and surrounding. ATV tours, swimming, bird-watching, canopy tours, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, boat tours, scuba diving and snorkeling, kayaking and sports fishing to name but a few.
This area is mainly known for offering a good selection of quality restaurants serving international cuisine. Many tourists come to this area just to test the town’s culinary delights and quality imported wines. Exotica, El Jardín, Lily Pad restaurant and Gringo Mikes are just a few.
It is advisable to carry out some market research before you make any deal for a business venture. Make a survey and identify the area which really needs and consider setting up a business that provides for the expatriate community as well as tourists so you will not face difficulties during low season.
Like many towns and villages in the South Pacific, Ojochal is expanding but local residents are keen to keep this to a minimum. Ojochal has a real sense of community and this is what makes it so special. Families moving to this area can be sure they will be welcomed with open arms.
There are ample of alternatives for accommodations in Ojochal, from luxury hotels to B&B’s and rental houses. The prices vary due to locations and facilities and seasonal requirements. Make sure to make an advance booking.
The beautifully Spanish Colonial masterpiece is located in Ojochal, Costa Rica. It is perched 600 feet above the Pacific The villa has two bedrooms suits and three single suits, all with private balconies overlooking the Ocean, king size beds and private shower and baths. It can accommodate 10-14 people. The entire property has 8 bedrooms and can accommodate private parties of up to 16 guests. This is a rare opportunity to rent this exotic villa which offers all the comforts of a Castle with more outdoor adventures than any vacation location in the world. Where else the guests can look Crocodiles & Scarlet Macaws from their balcony, fly through the jungle canopy on a zip line, relax with a glass of wine in a crystal clear waterfall, mountain bike or ATV through primary forest, or ride horse back under howling troops of monkeys, at El Castillo Hotel Villa Rentals.
It is newly renovated hotel of Ojochal. This hotel is located on the Terraba River. All rooms are comfortable, clean and have queen size beds. The hotel staff is ready to provide all necessary help to all your needs during the stay, the breakfast is included in the price, tours are also available.
Hotel Diquis Del Sur is an attractive resort placed in Ojochal. The resort has a incredible view of ocean. The visitors can enjoy with beautiful views of surrounding mountains range and a unique view of sunset. Diquis has several villas with a nice swimming pool and a grand rancho to dine in and entertainment. The resort has manicured natural landscaping with fruit trees and exotic flowers. The staff is very friendly.
There are several activities in Ojochal and around the area.
ATV Tours: You can take an ATV Tour and make an enjoyment with several activities.
Beaches: Spend you day on a beautiful white sand beach by swimming, Sun bathing and viewing the sunset
Bird Watching: More than 450 Species of birds are available in the area.
Canopy Tours: The visitors can take canopy tours.
Restaurants: Enjoy with local cuisines and international menus are also available.
Hiking: Hike through lush green rainforest.
Horseback riding: Go to Nauyaca Waterfall.
Mountain Tour, Mountain Biking.
National Parks: Take a day tour for different National Park and enjoy with incredible amount of biodiversity.
Photography: A great opportunity to take beautiful photos in the natural environments.
Relax and take rest in nature. Have a rest in natural atmosphere.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling, Kayaking, Sport Fishing, Whale Watching, Ultra light rides
You can find abundance of activities in the area, which will never finish.
There are several options to move to Ojochal.
There are two air lines that fly from San Jose to Palmar Sur, It is recommended to make a reservation in advance.
There are several bus lines that leave from San Jose to the Pacific Coast. Many websites has schedule for of the routes. It is recommended that you must check time before departing for your destination as schedules may change.
There are also few private shuttles the run to each parts of Costa Rica. They can be checked and found through many websites.