Unlike the rest of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast the Osa Peninsula is a wild land of lush primary rain forest that extends to the ocean’s very edge. Located in southwest Costa Rica, the peninsula is home of Corcovado National Park, a large protected area sheltering diverse wildlife including tapir, jaguar, four types of monkeys, more than 375 tropical bird species including scarlet macaws and harpy eagles, and three sea turtle species who nest on its deserted beaches. Offshore Caño Island, also within the park, has a surrounding marine reserve excellent for snorkeling, and watching dolphins and often humpback whales.
Three to five nights
Best time to go:
Best time to visit is dry season (December-May), when days are clear and sunny and rain less intense. Wet season is characterized by higher temperatures and humidity, and continuous rains. Not advisable to visit in September and October when rains can become torrential.