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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Ballena National Marine Park

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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)...

Playa Ballena

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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...

Playa Colonia

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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,...

Playa Dominical

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

Playa Dominicalito

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

Playa Pavones

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Driving along remote Playa Pavones, one of the most scenic beaches in Costa Rica, you catch glimpses through the palms of brilliant blue...

Playa Piñuela

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Tiny Playa Piñuela is the prettiest of the Ballena National Marine Park beaches, nestled in a deep cove with views of small islands.

Playa Uvita

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

Playa Ventanas

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

Playa Zancudo

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


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