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The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Travel Guide

The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Top Experiences

Want to learn more about The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.


Top Reasons to Go

Bird-watching: Spot beauties such as the scarlet macaw and resplendent quetzal. Enormous Corcovado National Park: The last refuge of endangered...


Living Off the Grid

Many hotels in the more remote areas of the South Pacific generate their own electricity, so don't count on air-conditioning, using a hair dryer...


Wildlife-Watching Tips

If you're accustomed to nature programs on TV, with visions of wildebeest and zebra swarming across African savanna, your first visit to a tropical...


Where Have All the Forests Gone?

The world gives high marks to Costa Rica for its environmental awareness, but accolades don't always match reality. In the last half-century...


Understanding Costa Rica's Climate

Although you may associate the tropics with rain, precipitation in Costa Rica varies considerably, depending on where you are and when you're...


A Mosaic of Forests

Though the rain forest is the most famous region in Costa Rica, there are other types of forests here equally rich in life and well worth exploring...


Chirripó National Park

Chirripó National Park is all about hiking. The ascent up Mt. Chirripó, the highest mountain in Costa Rica, is the most popular and challenging...


Eco-Lodges in the South Pacific

The South Pacific Zone is Costa Rica's last frontier, with a wealth of protected biodiversity. It's also the cradle of the country's ecotourism...


Corcovado National Park

For those who crave untamed wilderness, Corcovado National Park is the experience of a lifetime. Covering one-third of the Osa Peninsula, the...


Whale Marine National Park

Great snorkeling, whale-watching, and beachcombing draw visitors and locals to Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (Whale Marine National Park),...

Sports & Activities

Snorkelers' Paradise

Most of uninhabited 2½-square-km (1-square-mile) Caño Island Biological Reserve is covered in evergreen forest that includes fig, locust,...

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