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Osa Peninsula

A premier location for wildlife, escapism and pure relaxation on a protected and pristine peninsula.
According to The National Geographic, the tropical forest of The Osa Peninsula is one of the world’s most biologically intense places on earth.  Within the 164 square miles you can find 150 different butterfly species, 500 types of birds and 124 kinds of mammals. It is the only place in Costa Rica in which dwell all four types of monkeys - Squirrell, White Faced Capuchin, Spider and Howler - and the endangered jaguar are occasionally spotted here.  This is any safari goers dream.
There are also gorgeous and deserted beaches around the Peninsula, although not all of them are suitable for swimming due to currents, strong waves and rocky beds.

What to expect on the Oso Peninsula

Nearby Cano Island is the best diving spot for experiencing the marine wildlife here. It is a full day excursion to get there, as it takes around one hour each way by boat, but you can see dolphins, sharks, whales, colourful coral and much more. 
To reach the Osa Peninsula itself you can either take a short internal flight to one of the small landing strips here or drive down the Pacific Coast to reach the serene spot.

Stay at Copa De Arbol or Lapa Rios for a spectacular eco-lodge experience, living in the forest.

Our opinion

This region is simply stunning. It is not the most economical of places to visit, but well worth it. We advise that you need a minimum of three nights in The OSA Peninsula to give you time to explore.

Where to stay

The focus on protection here means that there are few luxury eco lodges and they get booked up well in advance. All of the lodges we recommend have a few things in common, notably having their own in house expert naturalist guides, all meals being included and a focus on sustainability.

Top tips

Wake up at 5am on one morning to watch the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean.


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