The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Playa Zancudo 1

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Playa Ventanas

  • Beach–Sight

Just 1½ km (1 mile) south of Whale Marine National Park, off the Costanera Highway, you'll find a scenic beach with interesting tidal...

Playa Zancudo

  • Beach–Sight

For laid-back beaching involving hammocks strung between palms and nothing more demanding than watching the sunset, you can't beat breezy...

Pozo Azul

  • Pool

Hidden in a forest about 5 km (3 miles) south of town, this waterfall is considerably smaller than Nauyaca Waterfalls. Off the main highway...

Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

  • Farm/Ranch

Ride the range on a 1,250-acre property combining forest and pasture ($45) or gallop along the beach at sunset on horseback ($50). Explore...

Ruta de Los Santos

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

The scenic road that winds through the high-altitude valleys from Empalme to San Pablo de León is appropriately called the Ruta de Los...

San Vito to Ciudad Neily

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

The 33-km (21-mile), recently paved road from San Vito to Ciudad Neily is twisting and spectacular, with views over the Coto Colorado...

San Vito to Paso Real

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

The paved, scenic road from San Vito to Paso Real travels along a high ridge with sweeping valley views on either side. Halfway between...

Uvita Market

  • Market/Bazaar

From 8 am to noon on Saturday, the place to be is this combination farmers' market and weekly gathering place for locals. About 20 vendors...

Whale Marine National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Named for the whales who use this area as a nursery, the park has four separate beaches stretching for about 10 km (6 miles) and encompasses...

Wilson Botanical Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

A must-see for gardeners and bird-watchers, the world-renowned Wilson Botanical Garden is enchanting even for those who are neither.