The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific

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  • 1. Ballena National Marine Park

    Beach–Sight

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

  • 2. Corcovado National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This is the last and largest outpost of virgin lowland rain forest in Central America, and it's teeming with wildlife. Visitors who tread softly...Read More

  • 3. Hacienda Barú

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This leading ecotourism and conservation wildlife refuge offers spectacular bird-watching and excellent naturalist-led hikes, as well as a turtle...Read More

  • 4. Nauyaca Waterfalls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This massive double cascade, the longer one tumbling down 45 meters (150 feet), is one of the most spectacular sights in Costa Rica. The falls...Read More

  • 5. Playa Uvita

    Beach–Sight

    At the northern end of Ballena National Marine Park, wide, palm-fringed Playa Uvita stretches out along a tombolo (a long swath of sand) connecting...Read More

  • 6. 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 Boca...Read More

  • 7. 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. Paths through...Read More

  • 8. Centro Biológico Las Quebradas

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    In a lush valley 7 km (4½ miles) northeast of San Isidro de El General, this community-managed nature reserve protects 1,853 acres of dense...Read More

  • 9. Chirripó National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The main attraction of this national park is Mt. Chirripó, the highest mountain in Costa Rica and a mecca for both hikers and serious summiteers...Read More

  • 10. Cloudbridge Private Nature Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This private nature reserve staffed by volunteers and a senior biologist has an easy trail to a waterfall, plus almost 12 km (8 miles) of river...Read More

  • 11. Finca 6 Museum of the Spheres

    Museum/Gallery

    The mystery of Costa Rica's pre-Columbian spheres—massive, perfectly round stones uncovered in the 1930s—is explored in this new archaeological...Read More

  • 12. Finca Köbö

    Garden/Arboretum

    Go right to the source to see how cacao grows and becomes chocolate at this organic cacao plantation. The two-hour tour, offered daily at 9...Read More

  • 13. La Amistad National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    At more than 1,980 square km (765 square miles), La Amistad is by far the largest park in Costa Rica. However, it's a mere portion of the vast...Read More

  • 14. Los Cusingos Bird Sanctuary

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Here you'll find birding trails and the house of the late Dr. Alexander Skutch, the region's preeminent ornithologist and coauthor of A Guide...Read More

  • 15. Oro Verde Private Nature Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    You'll find excellent bird-watching and hiking in this nature preserve, uphill from the Costanera. Family run, the property has well-groomed...Read More

  • 16. Parque Reptilandia

    Zoo/Aquarium

    With more than 300 specimens, this impressive collection includes snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles, and other reptilian creatures, housed in...Read More

  • 17. Playa Ballena

    Beach–Sight

    Playa Ballena, 4 km (2½ miles) from Playa Colonia, is a lovely strand backed by lush vegetation and fairly easy to get to from the main highway...Read More

  • 18. Playa Colonia

    Beach–Sight

    Playa Colonia, 2 km (1¼ miles) south of Playa Uvita along the Costanera Highway, has a safe swimming beach with a view of rocky islands, which...Read More

  • 19. Playa Dominical

    Beach–Sight

    Long, flat, and rarely crowded, Playa Dominical is good for beachcombing among all the flotsam and jetsam that the surf washes up onto the brown...Read More

  • 20. Playa Dominicalito

    Beach–Sight

    About 1 km (½ mile) south of Playa Dominical, this wide beach is usually calmer and more suited to boogie boarding and beginner surfers. There...Read More

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