The South Pacific region is "the most biologically intense place on earth" as stated by the National Geographic magazine. The area is known for its biological diversity and complex ecosystems, making it the ideal destination for nature loving adventurers. In fact, nine of the most important national parks and protected areas are located in this region. As with the rest of Costa Rica, it is probably better to visit the region during the dry season from January through April, but if you do visit during the rainy season you will be rewarded by blooming flowers and rich green forests.

Personalized adventure tours can be organized to include diving, snorkeling, hiking, or bird watching, but guides are recommended for treks through the rainforests. Although the guide is not required, he will be able to point out many exciting things that the untrained eye would probably miss. All the beautiful sites that you will see will amaze you!

Boats are a common means of transportation while on the coastal areas of the Osa Peninsula and to the islands off the coast of the region.

300 miles off the coast of the South Pacific region of Costa Rica lies Cocos Island. It is visited mostly by scientists, underwater photographers, and divers, who are all attracted by the clear blue waters and amazing marine life found below the waves. Divers frequently sight Pelagics and schools of Hammerheads. For those less inclined to swim with sharks, there are two waterfalls and many trails on the island that will make the trip worthwhile.

Also, Caño Island is located just 12 miles off the Osa Peninsula’s coast. Archaeological sites have been discovered within the island’s intricate forest system. It is believed that a pre-Columbian burial site is located beneath the primordial forest. Artifacts such as pestles, corn-grinding tables, and pottery have been found and can be seen during a hike on the island.

Beaches

  • Ballena
  • Carate
  • Carbonera
  • Corcovado
  • Dominical
  • Golfito
  • Hermosa
  • Pan Dulce
  • Pavones
  • Plantanares
  • Tamales
  • Tortuga
  • Uvita
  • Zancudo

National Parks

  • Caño Island Biological Reserve
  • Cocos Island National Park
  • Chirripo National Park
  • Corcovado National Park
  • Golfito National Wildlife Refuge
  • Marino Ballena National Park
  • Piedras Blancas National Park

Fauna

  • Birds: hawks, ducks, toucans, flycatchers, parrots, macaws, quetzal, yellow-billed cotinga, golden-naped woodpecker, orange-collared manakin, riverside wren, trogon, white-lipped peccaries, black-cheeked ant-tanager, cocos cuckoo, cocos finch.

  • Mammals: capuchin monkey, squirrel moneky, howler moneky, spider monkey, coatimundis, deer, squirrel, tapris, giant anteater, puma, ocelot, jaguarundi, margay, jaguar.

  • Others: crocodiles, lizards.

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