The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific

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  • 1. Ballena Marine National Park

    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...Read More

  • 2. Corcovado National Park

    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 along...Read More

  • 3. Hacienda Barú

    This leading ecotourism and conservation wildlife refuge offers spectacular bird-watching tours and excellent naturalist-led hikes (starting at $36), a thrilling Flight of the Toucan canopy...Read More

  • 4. Playa Uvita

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

  • 5. Wilson Botanical Garden

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

  • 6. Centro Biológico Las Quebradas

    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 forest...Read More

  • 7. Chirripó National Park

    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

  • 8. Cloudbridge Private Nature Reserve

    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...Read More

  • 9. Los Cusingos Bird Sanctuary

    This property contains birding trails and the house of the late Dr. Alexander Skutch, the region's preeminent ornithologist and coauthor of A Guide to the...Read More

  • 10. Oro Verde Private Nature Reserve

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

  • 11. Playa Ballena

    This lovely strand is backed by lush vegetation and is fairly easy to get to from the main highway, along a short, bumpy dirt road....Read More

  • 12. Playa Colonia

    This beach is safe for swimming and has a view of rocky islands, which you can visit by kayak. The access road is a well-graded...Read More

  • 13. Playa Ventanas

    This scenic beach has interesting tidal caves, popular for sea kayaking. Coconut palms edge the beach, which is sometimes pebbly, with quite a dramatic surf,...Read More

  • 14. Poza Azul

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Hidden in a forest above Dominicalito Beach, this waterfall is considerably smaller than Nauyaca Waterfalls, but it has a lovely swimming hole...Read More

  • 15. Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

    Ride the range on a 1,250-acre property combining forest and pasture ($55) or gallop along the beach at sunset on horseback ($60). Riding tours also...Read More

  • 16. Uvita Market

    From 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, the place to be is this combination farmers' market and weekly gathering place for locals. About 20...Read More

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