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Often considered the most ecologically diverse region of Costa Rica (and of the world), the Osa Peninsula offers visitors pristine beaches, untouched rainforest, abundant wildlife spotting, and some of the best diving and snorkeling in the country.

The Osa Peninsula should be at the top of everyone’s Costa Rica itinerary. This region is simply teeming with wildlife on land, in the air, and beneath the waves, giving you a chance to experience the best that the country has to offer. National Geographic has named this as one of the ‘most biologically intense places on earth,’ filled with lush greenery, virgin rainforest, gorgeous beaches, fresh waterways, and strictly protected wildlife reserves.

Most people divide their time between the Corcovado National Park and Caño Island Biological Reserve. You must have a guide to experience these reserves and parks, which can be easily booked at any lodge or hotel in the region.

The Area

The Osa Peninsula can be found on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, in Puntarenas Province. The Pacific Ocean is on the west of the peninsula, and the Golfo Dulce is to the east. More than half of all animal species in Costa Rica make their home here on the peninsula, drawing tourists from around the world. The largest town in the region is Puerto Jimenez, and serves as the main jumping off point for most tourism. Most travellers also choose to visit Cano Island, home to a massive Biological Reserve; trips to the island depart from Drake Bay.

The Best Time to Go

It is best to visit the Osa Peninsula during its dry season, from January through to April. During this time you will experience endless sunny weather, and rain showers are very uncommon. That said, this is also the busiest time of year, and lodges and tours can be heavily booked and at their most expensive.

The ‘green season’ is May through to August and early September, and is known for afternoon showers; mornings are still reliably sunny. Prices tend to drop quite a bit at this time of year, and the crowds will be much thinner. From mid-September through to November it rains almost constantly, and so most of the lodges and restaurants are closed.  Avoid booking a trip for this time of year.

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