The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific

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 or do during your stay.

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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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Playa Pavones

    Beach–Sight

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

  • 10. 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 Playa...Read More

  • 11. 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 Santos...Read More

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