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Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula

The word “Osa” comes from the name of a powerful indigenous leader who, along with his people, occupied the region before the arrival of Ponce de Leon in 1516. The Spanish, however, made no attempt to colonize this part of Costa Rica because it was so densely forested, using it only to restock supplies. Significant settlement and development did not begin here until the mid 19th century, although the relocation of United Fruit’s company headquarters to the Osa in the 1930s was probably the most significant growth factor in the region’s history. Nowadays, although this is still the least developed region of the country, the tourist industry has come to dominate the area’s economy, causing a steady growth of touristic and infrastructural development – for better or worse.









By Laura Granfortuna
I've always had the travel bug - maybe it's because I've been traveling around with my family since I was an infant, but mainly I think it's because...
04 Mar 2009

Things to do in Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula

Humedal Nacional Terraba Sierpe

Terraba Sierpe is one of the largest mangrove reserves in Central America, more than 30,000 hectares. It is not only a mangrove forest, but an enormous, intricate conglomerate of river deltas, ...
National Park
Costa Rica

Golfito National Wildlife Reserve

This 1,300 hectare reserve is home to virtually all the tropical animal species of the Osa region except the tapir. One of the most common animals on the reserve is the collared peccary. Curassows, ...
National Park
Golfito, Costa Rica

Reserva Forestal Golfo Dulce

This 62,700 hectare reserve, though not of great touristic importance, has great ecological importance for the Osa.  It acts as a biological corridor between the Corcovado and Piedras Blancas ...
National Park
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Snorkeling and Diving

The majority of snorkeling and diving excursions take place around Isla del Caño because of the island's corals and the diversity of marine life they attract. Isla del Caño is one of the best dive ...
Diving
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Kayaking

Most kayak excursions in Drake Bay will be limited to leisurely paddles down the Sierpe river, but Corcovado Expeditions and a few of the local lodges also offers sea kayaking and sometimes ...
Kayaking
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Horseback Riding

Many of the hotels and tour operators around Drake Bay offer horseback rides that last between a few hours to half a day, taking visitors along the beach and through the rainforest. Some horseback ...
Horseback Riding
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Hiking

You can do a little self-guided hiking around Agujitas, but the big hiking destination near Drake Bay is Corcovado National Park. The simplest way to hike through Corcovado is by guided tour, ...
Hiking
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Sport Fishing

Drake is known for great sport fishing. The waters here are full of sailfish, tuna, shark, dorado, mahi, marlin, red snapper, rainbow fish and roosterfish, among others. Fishing is one of the most ...
Boating
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Nighttime Insect Tour

Drake Bay's original insect tour was created by etymologist Tracie Stice, “The Bug Lady,” although other local guides have since created their own excursions. Tracie's tour lasts 2.5 hours, ...
Hiking
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Dolphin and Whale Watching

Whales migrate to Drake Bay from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres to calve, which makes the bay a fantastic place to go whale watching. You see dolphins and whales here year-round, but the ...
Boating
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Boating

Boating excursions on the Golfo Dulce are usually oriented toward dolphin and whale watching. You can also find kayaking or boating trips down the nearby Coto Colorado River, whose mangrove forests ...
Boating
Golfito, Costa Rica
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