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Puerto Jimenez

This transport and tourist hub is one of the few places in the Osa where there are always people in the streets and you can get reliable internet service and a cell phone signal. At the same time, here you are at arm's length from all the major activities and attractions – trips to Corcovado, dolphin watching, mangrove tours, kayaking, sports fishing, crocodiles, plus trips to the old gold-mining town where you can try your own hand at panning for precious ore. Although the center is somewhat dingy, you can chose to go as exclusive as you want here, with isolated luxury lodges on the far end of the beach.

The region was first discovered in 1519 by don Juan de Castañeda and don Hernán Ponce de Leon, though its original inhabitants were the brunca indigenous people. The first community established in what is now known as Puerto Jiménez was called “Golfo Dulce” and was founded in 1848 by Juan Maria Fernandez. The economy at this time was based on agriculture – crops included rice, beans, corn, palms and cocoa – as well as cattle ranching. The town also saw an influx of Panamanians who were attracted by the quality of the land and opportunities for hunting and fishing. The name of the town was officially changed to Puerto Jiménez in 1916, in honor of Costa Rican president Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno.

In 1934 the Costa Rican Banana Company abandoned its operations in the Caribbean and moved them to the Osa, starting up the new cultivations two years later. Puerto Jimenez then became the primary port out of which the fruit was exported, until 1941, when the company opened a new port in Golfito. At this time exports from Jiménez also included crocodile skin, mangrove and other woods, and gold from small-scale mining operations. Agriculture still forms part of Puerto Jiménez' economy, with ranching and tourism now the primary sources of income.



Other places nearby Puerto Jimenez: Pavones, Ciudad Neily, Cabo Matapalo, Coco Island National Park, Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Carate, Parque Nacional Corcovado, Parque Nacional Piedras Blancas, Sierpe and Zancudo.

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...
13 Mar 2009

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Boat Tours of Golfo Dulce

The Golfo Dulce is one of the most important fjords and one of the deepest gulfs in the world. Most tour companies in Puerto Jimenez offer boat tours of the gulf, which is also home to large numbers ...
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Wildlife Watching

There are many kinds of opportunities to view wildlife in this area. You can take dolphin and whale watching tours around the Golfo Dulce, take a day-trip to Cabo Matapalo, about 45 minutes away, ...
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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Sport Fishing

Sports fishing is excellent all around the Osa, and Puerto Jimenez is no exception. Just fishing inshore in the Golfo Dulce you can hope to snag snapper, grouper, pampano, roosterfish, jack, ...
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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Canopy Tours

The canopy tour consists of six zip lines which take you flying more than 1200 meters through gorgeous primary rain forest. There is only one set of lines in the Osa, and they are actually nearer to ...
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Puerto Jimenez, 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 ...
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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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