This small peninsula, on the Pacific coast, is host to almost half of Costa Rica's species of birds, mammals, and reptiles and amphibians. Almost 750 species of trees have been catalogued in the area, more trees than in all of the northern temperate regions of the world combined. The 43,000-hectare Corcovado National Park occupies a large swathe of the peninsula, and its ecosystems comprise of rainforests, swamps, rivers, lagoons, marshes and beaches.

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  • In short? The Osa Peninsula is home to pristine rainforest, abundant wildlife, secret waterfalls, and secluded beaches

Luxury Holidays to the Osa Peninsula: the Detail

Osa peninsula is home to Corcovado National Park, and endless wildlife, including more than 400 species of birds and more than 100 species each of amphibians and mammals. This tropical primary forest is home to monkeys, scarlet macaws, coatimundis and an abundance of other wildlife. It's not cheap, but taking a private charter flight into the Corcovado National Park for a day tour is well worth it.

The park is home to a plethora of endangered species such as Baird's tapir, the white-lipped peccary, jaguars, ocelots, crocodiles, giant anteaters, scarlet macaws and the harpy eagle. The seas shelter three species of marine turtles and you can even witness the migration of humpback whales in December and January.

On the other side of the peninsula is the Golfo Dulce, which is a sheltered area of ocean ideal for kayaking, visits to mangrove swamps or hiking and wildlife viewing at the Piedras Blancas National Park.

Finally, forest-covered Cano Island is a biological reserve which offers superb snorkelling and, for experienced divers, superb deep freshwater experiences with large schools of jacks, barracudas, manta rays and sharks.


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It doesn't get more intense than the Osa Peninsula in terms of biodiversity.

Saskia, Original Traveller

A note on price

Costa Rica is such a small country that it’s easy to explore different pockets for relatively good value. A two week holiday starts from £3,500 per person including international flights. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 22°C / 71°F
  • Rainfall — 1cm / 0.4 inches
Flight from London

10:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs


Top picks for Osa Peninsula & Golfo Dulce

Lapa Rios

Lapa Rios

Osa Peninsula & Golfo Dulce

Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific.

Where to stay

Casa Corcovado

Casa Corcovado

Osa Peninsula & Golfo Dulce

This very isolated jungle lodge is the closest accommodation to Corcovado National Park from this end of the Osa Peninsula.

Where to stay

Corcovardo National Park

Corcovardo National Park

Osa Peninsula & Golfo Dulce

Described by National Geographic as 'the most biologically intense place on Earth', the Osa Peninsula is one big wildlife park but the jewel in the crown has to be the Corcovado National Park.

What to do

Nicuesa Lodge

Nicuesa Lodge

Osa Peninsula & Golfo Dulce

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge embraces conservation and harmony with the natural environment, and offers a perfect blend of comfort with sustainability.

Where to stay

Copa de Arbol

Copa de Arbol

Osa Peninsula & Golfo Dulce

Welcome to the jungle! Copa de Arbol is an eco beach front resort, secluded in 70 acres of tropical rainforest in Drake Bay.

Where to stay

Playa Cativo Lodge

Playa Cativo Lodge

Osa Peninsula & Golfo Dulce

Accessible by boat, Playa Cativo ticks all the boxes when it comes to a beach/jungle stay. Surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park and across from Osa Peninsula and Corcovado, this eco-lodge offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature whilst combining a bit of R & R.

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