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How to get there?
Route #1
From San Jose, take the South Pan-American Highway on the route #2 until you get to San Isidro del General, and then take the exit for Dominical, on the route #243. When you get here you must continue along the Costanera Sur (road that goes along the coastline, route #34), passing through the towns of Pueblo Nuevo, Uvita and the entrance of the Ballena National Marine Park, finally arriving to Ciudad Cortes. Then you must cross the Rio Grande de Terraba, getting to Palmar Norte. From here, keep driving towards Chacarita and turn right for the exit for Puerto Jimenez, bordering the gulf.

Route #2
From San Jose, take the South Pan-American Highway on the route #2 passing through San Isidro del General and Palmar Norte all the way to Golfito. You must leave your car here and take a boat to Puerto Jimenez.

Route #3
From San Jose, take the South Pan-American Highway on the route #2 passing through San Isidro del General and Palmar Norte, arriving to Chacarita and then turning right and driving towards Puerto Jimenez, bordering the gulf.

Route #4
From the Tobias Bolaos Airport in San Jose, take a plane that lands in Puerto Jimenez.

Route #5
From La Sabana in San Jose, take the new highway to Caldera (route #27), and once on the highway take the route #23 in direction to Orotina. Turn right in the intersection before getting to this town. Continue on the Costanera Sur (road that goes along the coastline, route #34), crossing the Rio Tarcoles and passing by the entrances of Jaco and Playa Hermosa, finally arriving to Palmar Norte.

From here you can:
Continue all the way to Chacarita and then turn right for Puerto Jimenez, bordering the gulf.
Drive until you get to Golfito, leave your car there and then take a boat.

The Peninsula of Osa is a land extension surrounded by the ocean that is located in the south end of Costa Rica. This zone has many protected areas and private properties, dense vegetation and rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Its beaches have crystal-clear waters and amazing sceneries.

This zone is the spot with the most biological intensity on Earth, according to the well-known National Geographic magazine. This happened because this region has only a small population and is very hard to access. 

Originally, this peninsula used to be an island, which then connected with the continent, allowing a great diversity of endemic species.
In the inner side of the peninsula you can find the community of Puerto Jimenez. It was founded in the 1960s due to gold digging and wood exploitation in this region of Costa Rica. The people who worked in these activities also settled here.

During the decade of the 80s, intensive mining took place, affecting the rivers of this zone, which have taken more than 20 years to begin their recovery process.

Due to deforestation and the pollution of the rivers, the Corcovado National Park was created in order to preserve the endangered flora and fauna of the region. However, some people continue nowadays with these practices.

This town serves as access point to the most interesting sites of the region. From here you can take different tours and practice several activities, such as sportfishing, walking in the forest, birdwatching and observing dolphins and whales.

This small and peaceful community is 320 km away from San Jose, the capital.

Some banks have branch offices here, and you will also find a landing strip that eases the access to this zone. The Hospital of Golfito is somewhat close (you must cross the gulf by boat), and the offices of the national park are located in this town, so its better if you can make your reservations here.

Along the Peninsula of Osa, heading south, there is Cabo Matapalo. This point is visited by local and international surfers that are looking for strong, exciting waves. The beaches that are close to this place are ideal for surfers of all levels.

Playa Pan Dulce has moderate waves ideal for beginners, which cover long distances (similar to Playa Pavones). Playa Backwash is next, with waves that reach 10 feet during high tide, so its only recommended for professional surfers.

In Playa Matapalo, the waves are also large and strong so theyre not recommended for beginners. You must watch out and be careful with rocky formations.

The King Louis Waterfalls are other interesting sites of this area, in Matapalo. These incredibly beautiful waterfalls have two different altitudes, one is 10 m high and the other one 30 m. Extreme sports lovers usually practice rappelling here.

You can also climb a tree from its inside, and in the surroundings theres a strangler fig tree that has no trunk, and whose exposed branches and lianas serve as support (along with a rope) for a climb that is more than 20 m high.

From the highest part of the tree you can appreciate panoramic views of the forest and the gulf. This is an unforgettable experience that should be performed with the required equipment.

In the Golfo Dulce, the waters of the Pacific Ocean, which are rich in minerals, mix together and attract fish species like swordfish, tuna fish, roosterfish, wahoos and goldfish. This is why the Golfo Dulce is one of the best places for sportfishing.

Humpback whales that come from the North and South Pacific visit this gulf during breeding season. The genetic mixture resulting of this encounter is very important for the preservation of the species.

This internal arch of the gulf includes the Piedras Blancas National Park and the Corcovado National Park, as well as the Golfito Wildlife Refuge, forming a biological corridor.

Accommodations and gastronomy
This zone of the Peninsula of Osa that extends through the internal arch of the Golfo Dulce has many different places where you can stay.

There are many hotels and luxury villas that are fully equipped and will satisfy every need you may have. Panoramic views of the gulf, yoga lessons and therapeutic massages are part of the menu. Also, there are private gardens with many tropical flora species, swimming pools and fully equipped kitchens.

These hotels also arrange tours to the different interesting places of the region, and offer transportation service from and to the Juan Santamaria Airport.

Many hotels have their own restaurants and bars, where you can have typical Costa Rican meals and also international cuisine dishes. Most of these hotels are ecological-oriented and therefore carry out recycling programs, solar energy programs and give support to the community, among others.

There are Italian, Mexican, Costa Rican and seafood restaurants.

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