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How to get there?
From San Jose, take the Pan-American Highway on the route #2 heading south, until you get to the town of Rio Claro. Once there, take the route #14 all the way to Golfito.

From La Sabana in San Jose, take the new highway to Caldera on the route #27. Then take the exit for the route #23 in direction to Orotina, and before arriving to this town, turn left in the intersection, now on the Costanera Sur (road that goes along the coastline), route #34. You should pass by the Rio Tarcoles and the entrances of Jaco and Playa Hermosa, and keep driving on the same route, finally arriving to Rio Claro. Once there, take the exit for Golfito (route #14).

Take a plane from the Tobias Bolaos Airport in San Jose all the way to the town of Golfito.

The community of Golfito is located in the southwest end of Costa Rica. It is surrounded by a very humid tropical forest and has a duty free deposit that is very popular among Costa Ricans.

Golfitos town is set inside a protected area, the Golfito Wildlife Refuge, next to the Piedras Blancas National Park. It was named after the small gulf where it is located, which is part of the Golfo Dulce.

The reserve protects more than 2.810 hectares of flora and fauna typical of the very humid tropical forest, with different species of ferns, orchids and tropical trees, like the vaco (cow tree). There are many types of birds, such as toucans, macaws and hummingbirds, and mammals like coatis, monkeys and peccaries. There are some trails that will guide you throughout the zone and help you visit even the most hidden places.

This town has an extension of 192 hectares and was settled in the 1920s for the cultivation and exportation of bananas by Costa Ricas Banana Company. It used to be the main harbor in the South Pacific. By 1984, the company left this territory and a year later it was declared as refuge.

With the need of helping the economy and the residents of Golfito, a Duty Free Deposit was established here in 1990, where you can buy duty free products. This has revived the development of Golfito, since a lot of people usually come here to buy appliances and clothing, among other things.

You can also purchase local handcrafts in this town, where you can find paintings and products made by native Borucas, from the Boruca Native Reserve.

Golfito is located in the northeast corner of Golfo Dulce and serves as departure point for all the tourist attractions of the Peninsula of Osa, such as the Corcovado National Park.

Here you can visit a Seashell Museum, which displays a private collection of seashells from of the world. It has taken more than 40 years to complete this collection.

Close to this zone you can find the beautiful beaches of Zancudo and Pavones, being this site one of the most famous surfing places in Costa Rica. It is considered the second longest left point break of the world.

Other interesting sites of this region are the Donald Peter Hayes Wildlife Refuge, a private property with an extension of 211 hectares, and the Golfito S.A. Forest Reserve, which is also a private property. You can also visit the Wilsons Botanical Garden.

Those who come to this zone can practice sportfishing, kayaking or sailing in the ocean. From November through January, these waters are visited by whales.

Golfito is 310 km away from San Jose, the capital, and can be accessed either by land or by plane.

Accommodations and gastronomy
This zone has undergone a major hotel development from Punta Voladera to Playa Cacao, where Golfito offers facilities for all its visitors.

There are large rooms surrounded by vegetation, with A/C, TV and room service from the bar and the restaurant. You can enjoy amazing panoramic views that show the beauty of the gulf.

Some hotels also have swimming pools and entertainment centers for children, pool tables, darts and board games, all of this in a perfect family environment.

In the restaurants you can find national and international drinks and dishes, as well as snacks and appetizers.

There are no fast food chain restaurants.

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