Costa Rica’s ‘wild west’ is one of the most remote and rugged regions of the whole country, one that offers an incredible array of fantastic adventures that are way off the beaten path. Isolated, undeveloped and blissfully drenched in pristine wilderness, the Osa Peninsula is the perfect destination for those who want to immerse themselves in nature and feel like they’re a million miles away from the hectic pace of everyday life in the city. As an active honeymoon destination, the Osa Peninsula is unsurpassed and offers experiences that are far removed from the usual cookie-cutter options found in other tropical destinations.
Moreover, the Osa Peninsula offers you a glimpse into the authentic side of rural life in the country. Once here, you can discover the history of the gold rush era and explore archaeological sites that pre-date colonial rule.
Want to discover just how unforgettable your Costa Rica adventure vacation can be? Then learn all about the amazing adventures awaiting you in the Osa Peninsula.
Lose yourself in the Corcovado National Park
Our guide to the Corcovado National Park should give you a pretty good idea of just how incredibly special and unique this nook of the country really is. Corcovado takes up a great chunk of the Osa Peninsula and will arguably be the main reason you choose to visit. You won’t find massive luxury resorts in Corcovado nor a long strip of restaurants and bars. But what you will find is the kind of virgin wilderness that’ll make you feel as if you’ve landed in paradise, a paradise where it’s jaguars, giant anteaters, armadillos, exotic birds, tapirs and monkeys that rule the roost.
Reaching Corcovado is an adventure in and of itself but the rewards are immense. This rates as one of the most biodiverse regions of the most bio diverse countries on earth, and for nature lovers is a pure and simple Nirvana. You can either drop in for a day-long tour of exploration around the main park entry point (which is actually pretty awesome) or, better still, rough it out a few days and head off on longer hiking trails within the park. A smattering of budget and rather stunning eco lodges offer you sufficient accommodation choices on the periphery of the park.
Head Out on an Ocean Safari
Out here, boat trips to view marine wildlife are called ocean safaris due to the sheer number of whales and dolphins most visitors get to see. The warm and tranquil Pacific waters are favored by big swimmers and it’s quite common to see pods of dolphins numbering in their absolute hundreds. This would have to be one of the most awe-inspiring sights you could ever experience.
Tick Innumerable Unique Birds off Your List
Bird enthusiasts tend to salivate at the mere thought of a trip to the Osa Peninsula. Over 350 species call this place home, many of them endemic to the region. Specialized bird-watching tours will match you up with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guide.
Kayak Through Mangroves
The Osa Peninsula boasts a complex maze of mangroves home to a phenomenal array of wildlife. Exploring it aboard your own kayak, and gliding silently under and through the canopy of the virgin jungle, is both a relaxing and utterly mesmerizing activity. The great thing about kayaking is that it’s a gorgeous activity for pros and novices alike, and is suitable for just about anyone, of any age.
Enjoy the Sea and the Surf
The beaches of the Osa Peninsula, especially on the southwestern tip, attract surfers in search of relaxation and a chance to enjoy their sport in relatively desolate stretches of stunning coast, The waves here are superb and a smattering of surf agencies also cater to learners who wish for a private lesson or two. A couple of chillaxed surf and yoga retreats provide a few accommodation options for those who wish to spend a few days enjoying the sea and the surf in this quiet corner of the country.
Explore the Underwater World
Snorkelers and divers wishing to get off their feet will be in their element in the Osa Peninsula, a place where the what’s under the surface of the water is just as enticing as what is on land. From Drake Bay, you can head out to spend a day exploring the underwater world off uninhabited Caño Island, one of the most revered marine reserves in the whole country. See reef sharks, barracudas, manta rays, marine turtles and a wide array of exotic and very colorful fish.
Include a Day of Cultural Discoveries
The Costa Rican government is committed to boosting rural tourism in the country and, in the Osa Peninsula, efforts come in the shape of an extensive collection of hiking trails which take visitors through some of the most remote and unique settlements in the peninsula. Cultural tours through the Osa Peninsula run the gamut from visiting sugar cane and cacao farms to retracing the steps of the gold miners of yesteryear and staying in self-sufficient farmhouses.
The Logistics of Visiting the Osa Peninsula
The peninsula boasts two main base villages from where visiting the above mentioned places and enjoying adventures is hassle-free. Puerto Jimenez boasts its own little airport, which is quite convenient if you’re short on time and don’t wish to reach the peninsula by road or boat, and Drake Bay – whose town is called Agutijas) is the gateway the mainland transfers. Drake Bay is home to a few swanky lodges whilst Puerto Jimenez is the place to be if you want simple lodging and a bit of nightlife action. Outside of these two hubs, the Osa Peninsula is off the grid and undeveloped. Which is, at the end of the day, what makes it such a heavenly place to visit. Several species of dolphins swim here all year long, whilst the humpback whale migration is best caught in August, September and October.
Here at Costa Rica Rios, we create bespoke itineraries for unique adventure vacations in Costa Rica. Want to include a stint in the Osa Peninsula on your next vacation south? Simply contact us and we’ll help you plan an unforgettable adventure.