The warm waters of the Osa Peninsula are ideal for whales during their mating season and for giving birth to their babies.
The humpback whales come from the South and stay here from August till mid October, ,whilst from January to March, they come from the North.
In addition to humpback whales you can also see dolphins and turtles.
Take advantage of the various boat trips to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.
The Térraba-Sierpe mangroves area is one of the largest wetlands in Central America and the largest in Costa Rica. It has an extension of 32,000 hectares with a high degree of biodiversity, including six different mangrove species.
The mangroves ecosystem is very important in this area as it offers an ideal habitat for about forty kinds of birds, various types of snakes, crocodiles, monkeys and basilisks.
Isla del Cano is one of the most outstanding biological reserves of Costa Rica.
It is known for its rich marine life, its wonderful underwater rock formations, which are complemented by turquoise waters that offer excellent visibility. In addition, the corals that surround the island are the largest on the Pacific side of the country. These are the reasons why diving and snorkeling are the main activities for people who visit the island. In fact, diving out of Isla del Cano is considered the best of all Costa Rica.
You are likely to find magnificent creatures such as stingrays, sea turtles, moray eels, barracudas and quite often dolphins and white tip sharks. You will be fascinated by the underwater cliffs, caves and landslides that can descend up to 24 meters deep.
So, if you want to take the opportunity to explore the underwater wonder of Isla del Cano, now it’s time!
The river Uvita crosses the homonymous town, from which it takes its name, and flows into the Pacific in the vicinity of the Marino Ballena National Park.
The river, about 10 kilometres long, is of a torrential nature and has a stony bottom. It crosses the lush jungle of the surrounding mountainous territory rich in fauna and flora typical of the area.
Waterfalls are one of the most fascinating natural landscapes of Costa Rica. Set among the volcanic rocks and the emerald green of the jungle, they offer an ever-new vision rich in bright colors. Among the multiple opportunities, the complex of Nauyaca falls is undoubtedly one of the most evocative.
Nauyaca Falls are the ideal place for nature and adventure lovers where it is possible to walk, ride horses, swim, climb, and enjoy a wonderful day in one of the most beautiful places in the South Pacific.
Cascada el Pavon has a quite unique design, making it one of the most peculiar discovery in the area. It has a big rock stuck on the top between the waterfall openings.
There are several natural swimming pools along the river too. If you have time, you can also spend some time to the near Playa Ventana or enjoy some local food in the nearby restaurant.
You can find the enchanting Poza Azul waterfall in the jungle of Dominicalito.
Ideal on a hot day, it provide shade and natural swimming pool. You can reach it quite easily with any type of car. It’s a very short walk down from the park area, but quite steep, so be prepared for it.
Right in the center of Uvita, just a few hundred meters from main highway: the beautiful Cascada Verde.
Surrounded by lush tropical jungle with monkeys and toucans, you can enjoy a day out bathing in the natural swimming pools or take an energizing massage under the main waterfall.
If you feel hungry a small restaurant bar is on site.
Eco Chontales is an idyllic waterfall hidden in the middle of the jungle, on the way to Pérez Zeledón.
The waterfall is one of the attraction of a successfull Costa Rican Family owned ecotourism project.
Visit the waterfall, horseback riding and food. They have different packages, parking and the ability to bring your own snacks and drinks.
Uvita de Osa is a small town in the south of Costa Rica. It is notable for hosting an annual musical event (Envision Festival) and for the whale tail of the Ballena Marine National Park.
Surfers prefer Dominical, while Uvita has become the tourist center of the Costa Ballena region. Visits range from whale watching, mountain biking and surfing lessons to snorkeling excursions.
Discover Costa Rica in a different way.
Being a relaxed activity to get into the Costa Rican landscapes, horseback riding will take you from the deep jungles to soft sand beaches. Most of the excursions are led by bilingual tour guides who will point out the diverse flora and fauna to along the route. You can even take a look at some of the wonderful species.
Are you looking for adventure? Enjoy motorcycles to practice sports and discover Costa Rica.
Through the forest, rivers, beaches, pedal to discover the unique fauna of the country.
Or if you want to explore a little more, you can also rent bicycles and take a walk around the city or the beaches.
Culture & Archeology
Boruca is an indigenous tribe of the South Pacific, located in the Talamanca Mountains, 20 km from Panama. The Boruca tribe has approximately 2,000 members and is located in an indigenous reserve, where about 140 km² of land are protected for use. According to Costa Rican law, tribes on reserve lands, such as Boruca, have the right to self-govern.
Boruca is a proud indigenous people of Costa Rica. His impressive hand-carved Boruca masks are so popular that imitations are sold throughout the Central American country. But indigenous culture is more than a mask. Boruca is based on faith in the wisdom of the ancients and the legends of Boruca that count, transmitted for centuries. Boruca’s identity reflects a deep respect for the stories told, the nature that surrounds them and the community they share.
Explore the site to learn more about culture, crafts, legends, food, tours and people that make Boruca’s identity unique in the world.
Finca 6 one of the most important archaeological sites in the region.
Here you can see the spheres that the natives made more than 2000 years ago and that were used to mark the important places of the villages, as well as the astronomically important moments, that is, the beginning of the rainy season (12). April and August 30).
In the archaeological site there is also a small museum that collects interesting discoveries and describes the life of the town.
Traces still visible, not to mention the damage, left by the banana companies that were active in the region until 1985.
Finca 6 is a World Heritage Site (UNESCO).
The stone spheres (or rock balls) of Costa Rica are an assortment of more than three hundred oil spheres in Costa Rica, located in the Diquís delta and in Isla del Caño. Locally, they are known as Las Bolas. Spheres are usually attributed to the extinct culture of Diqu and are sometimes referred to as Diqu spheres. These are the most famous stone sculptures in the Colombian isthmus region. It is believed that they were placed on the lines along the access to the houses of the chiefs, but their exact meaning remains uncertain.
To discover, you can visit Batambal.Batambal, a village with occupations of the Aguas Buenas Period (300 a.C.-800 a.D.) and Chiriqui (800-1550 a.C.) in the Delta del Diquís. It is located on a hill with a spectacular view to the delta, the sea, the mountain and the river Térraba canyon. It was known that they appeared in this place, but the excavations recently carried out on the site, which also has a set of structures built with boulders and four stone spheres, show that their number is very high.
El sitio arqueológico se extiende unas 20 hectáreas, sobre una terraza del río Térraba y en las faldas de la Cordillera Costeña.
El elemento sobresaliente del sitio El Silencio es la esfera monumental de 2,54 m de diámetro y unas 24 toneladas de peso. Junto a la escultura hay un empedrado de 12 m de largo y unos 2 m de ancho, construido con cantos rodados y piedras calizas.
La esfera de El Silencio es la más grande registrada hasta el momento y fue hecha en granodiorita, extraída de la Quebrada Cansot, localizada a un kilómetro del sitio. Su superficie presenta severos desprendimientos ocasionados por el fuego.
The Grijalba site, a complex settlement of the del Diquís delta
The Grijalba site, located on a terrace of the Balsar River, a tributary of the Térraba River, near Ciudad Cortés, Osa Canton.
The place has several mounds that have cobbled entrances with boulders, ceramic and lithic deposits and a stone sphere, which are associated with the Chiriquí period (800-1500 AD), the late period of pre-Columbian occupation where large and complex settlements are reflection of the cacical organization that occurred in the area in pre-Columbian times.
The site was also selected for its location towards the western sector of the delta, and in this way have a representative sample of settlements in different areas of the delta.
An archaeological site where you can discover the pre-Columbian history of the region. A great site full of history.
This National Park has an area of 110 terrestrial hectares and 5375 maritime hectares. The park is known to be visited by humpback whales during their migrations for breeding from the cold seas of the Northern Hemisphere from January to March and vice versa, from the cold seas of the Southern Hemisphere from August to October.
Most of the park is in the maritime domain, but its protected area includes beautiful beaches, such as Playa Uvita, Playa Ballena and Playa Piñuela.
The tours organized by local operators offer the opportunity to meet the whales and other marine species that inhabit the waters of the Park.
In the Osa Peninsula lies the largest national park in Costa Rica: the Corcovado National Park.
It is a nature reserve composed of several protected tropical ecosystems. Considered one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, the park hosts, among others, red macaws, tapirs, jaguars and various types of monkeys. The paths extend along the coast or inland, through a variety of natural environments.
Piedras Blancas is a beautiful national park with an incredible variety of flora and fauna. An important nature reserve and a wildlife refuge located in the Golfito area.
With its extensive and dense forest, this national park is essentially a primitive evergreen forest that houses many native trees and plants, hundreds of species of plants, animals and rare insects, as well as a large number of snakes and other reptiles, waterfalls and rivers, beautiful beaches and a coral reef.
La Amistad International Park is a national park that stretches from Costa Rica to Panama.
Classified as a national park in both countries, it is also a World Heritage Site.
This forest of mists is a regional focus of biodiversity (it would house around 20% of the regional species of Central America).
La Amistad International Park is one of the most original corners of the world, with a particular charm with incredible panoramic views of incomparable beauty.
Stunning views, birdwatching and a tour of moors and glacial lakes make a visit to this park a breathtaking experience …. not only for its altitude….3,819 meters the highest peak.
In Chirripó, every site is unique. From the premontane forests with a broad biodiversity to the rainforest, full of epiphytic plants (aerial plants) covering trunks and branches of trees.
One of the main attractions of the park is the observation of birds, because along the way you can find different species such as quetzal, goldfinch and lechucita serranera.
In sunny days with clear sky both oceans can be seen.
If you are a beginner, professional, amateur, here you will find your happiness.
Choose your rank according to your abilities. Some beaches offer you the biggest waves. So enjoy the scenery as you fly over the waves.
To practice surfing, many schools are located on the coast and offers courses, board rentals. Do not worry, you will find your happiness!
Costa Rica, an appropriate name for a country surrounded by oceans. On the Pacific side, islands close to the coast defined by their underwater pinnacles, such as Cocos Island, offer tantalizing encounters with sharks and stingrays. These destinations have strong currents, which makes them more suitable for advanced divers. These are the most famous diving sites in Costa Rica and they are worth it.
The Pacific Basin is also known for its pelagic life. Manta stripes of humpback whales, this coast is suitable for all diving levels with quiet areas and some known for having a bit of power. Remember that the south of the country is a protected biological reserve. The underwater landscape is formed by rocks and pinnacles, and you will enjoy large schools of fish swimming in each dive.
For diving, the diving schools will train you and then you can go with the waters of Costa Rica.
In Costa Rica, manta rays, barracudas, sharks, sea turtles and coral reefs evolve peacefully in waters between 24 and 27ºC. Although it is possible to dive all year round, the best time is during the dry season, that is, from November to April.
Snorkeling is a pleasure for the eyes. You will discover a lot of small colorful fish, and after a beautiful walk underwater, you will have full eye images
For sensations of slipping in tumultuous waters
Rafting is one of the main activities that can be practiced in Costa Rica.
This activity is well developed in the country, and highly regulated with rigorous international standards. The many currents and rivers that cross the country are accessible to everyone: from class I (easy) to class V (very difficult). The best season for rafting is from June to October, due to the amount of cubic meters of water flowing into the rivers, but it is possible to do so throughout the year.
For a gentle approach to nature
Discover the pleasure of hiking by the sea in an almost infinite space, and access to small isolated coves that lead to the observation of fauna and flora, in peace.
But also fluvial canoe. It is up to you to choose between fresh water and salt water.
This is part of the Ballena Marine National Park. Don’t miss this classic place as it is where you access the « Cola de Ballena » sand slot. Here are the sweetest waters in the area that offer good swimming opportunities for the whole family. Fantastic possibilities to see the sunset.
Great beach with low tide possibility of long walks on horseback. Surfers also appreciate the waves.
Beautiful beaches. More pleasant at low tide. While Ballena seems to be the typical rather long and less shaded beach, it is Arco, the hidden gem. Located to the north along the beach of Ballena. Ending with a small stream full of water during high tide. The intimacy of Arco Beach and its cave will make you discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.
Spanning about 1,300 meters in length, the relaxing Playa Piñuela is an ideal place to enjoy the scenic wonders of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. This quiet and small beach is rarely filled with tourists. Instead, it is a getaway to paradise where travelers and locals alike enjoy the warm sun and relax without any interruption. This small community is home to fishermen, and there is often the opportunity to buy fresh fish at the end of the day – be sure to pick someone who picks up their nets! Playa Piñuela is part of the Ballena Marine National Park, so tourists will always be surrounded by exuberant flora and fauna..
One of the two beaches with lifeguards and snacks and beach services with beach objects for sale. Ideal for walking and surfing.
Famous for sea kayaks, this beach is a beautiful bay surrounded by tall trees.
Beach Ventanas main attraction are its two caverns that cross the rock, which are a window to the sea through the base of the mountain.
For tourists wishing to have a good time during their visit to Costa Rica, they might consider a visit to Playa Tortuga, a beautiful beach located on the South Pacific coast. Playa Tortuga, is located a short distance from Ojochal. The main attraction of Playa Tortuga is however its abundant fauna and its impressive natural landscapes. This beach offers visitors breathtaking views of the high mountains, lush forests and sparkling sea.