The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific

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  • 1. Ballena National Marine 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 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. Playa Uvita


    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

  • 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...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Los Cusingos Bird Sanctuary


    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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Playa Ballena


    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

  • 13. Playa Colonia


    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

  • 14. Playa Ventanas


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

  • 15. Uvita Market


    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 show...Read More

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