Costa Rica Travel Guide:
Pacific slopes and the Osa Peninsula
West from San José, it is a short journey to the Pacific ocean, reaching the sea close to the mouth of the Gulf of Nicoya.
Going south from here, good beaches begin almost immediately but are at first rather busy, being the closest to San José.
Beyond Jacó things start to ease, and soon you reach Quepos and the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, where verdant tropical forest opens out onto picturesque white sand beaches. Wildlife is good here too.
Beyond lie the quiet natural beaches of Dominical and then the Osa Peninsula, jutting out into the Pacific Ocean.
Thanks to its remoteness, heavy rainfall and dense jungle the Osa Peninsula ranks as one of the most biodiverse places in the world.
Visiting Costa Rica's Pacific slopes and the Osa Peninsula
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