Costa Rica

South Pacific & the Osa Peninsula

Extremely heavy rains drench the southern part of Costa Rica's Pacific coast but in turn this is one of the most biodiverse, unspoilt parts of the country.


The area south of Playa Dominical is still characterised by luxuriant primary forest. It is sparsely populated and (until recently) access was difficult. There are a number of attractive forest-backed beachess here. Those further south at Uvita and Playa Tortuga are more secluded and situated close to Ballena National Park, a good area for snorkelling, birdwatching and whale-watching (in season). There are strong breaks at Dominical, making it popular with surfers, but swimming is not recommended

Osa Peninsula

The Golfo Dulce separates the wild Osa Peninsula from the mainland. The Osa Peninsula is a real gem. Mostly undeveloped and natural, fully half of it is protected by Corcovado National Park, which contains significant tracts of undisturbed primary lowland rainforest. The tally of wildlife in Corcovado National Park is impressive with over 400 species of birds, many amphibians, and a strong representation of mammals including 6 species of cat.

Isla del Caño

Cano Island is a small island not far off shore, which is accessible by boat on day-trips. The island has some simple archaeological sites. Dolphins are often seen on the boat trip to the island. These waters are a major breeding ground for humpback whales, which can be seen most often in December and January.

Isla de Coco

Way out into the Pacific is Isla del Coco, a remote island that rises very sharply from the depths of the ocean floor. The island itself is a national park and is closed to most visitors, but the waters surrounding it are fabulous for diving.

Start planning your trip to Costa Rica

Let us know what kind of trip to Costa Rica you are most interested in, and when you are thinking of travelling. Our travel experts know Costa Rica exceptionally well, and will be delighted to offer some initial ideas and advice, and to develop a more detailed design for your holiday as your ideas evolve. You can download a copy of our 48-page Costa Rica brochure here. It includes lots of helpful travel information and detailed outlines of many of the trips we have designed for Costa Rica.

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Holiday designs that visit Costa Rica's South Pacific

'Creature Comforts'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

First-rate wildlife and nature experiences in first-rate surroundings. Stay at some of Costa Rica’s best boutique and wildlife lodges.

14 nights from £6150

'Costa Rica Nature Explorer'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

A wonderful trip visiting Costa Rica’s main locations for wildlife in a wide range of habitats, staying in good quality mid-range lodges where nature is the focus.

14 nights from £3230

'Southern Pacific Explorer'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

A 14 night selfdrive itinerary focusing on Costa Rica's South Pacific region: lush, wild coastline, biodiverse Osa Peninsula, remote cloudforest and paramos habitat.

14 nights from £2635

'Plants and Gardens of Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

What could be nicer than two weeks of delightful gardens? Costa Rica has plenty for you to visit and this peaceful itinerary tours the very best of them.

13 nights from £2395

'Costa Rican Nature Odyssey'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

This enthralling small group tour, escorted by a local naturalist guide, visits all Costa Rica’s key habitats for wonderful wildlife experiences, lovely scenery and times when local life takes centre stage.

14 nights

'Day Walks in Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Walking and active

Guided and independent day walks in natural sceneries with comfortable lodgings. The amount of walking is tailored to suit you.

14 nights from £2565

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