Corcovado, Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce

One of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet, that’s some accolade!

Corcovado, Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce

The Osa Peninsula is rich in wildlife and biodiversity and will not disappoint. Here you will find some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Costa Rica, away from the masses. The biodiversity here is huge, a result of its remoteness and heavy rainfall. It is home to around 140 species of mammal and more than 400 species of bird. Jaguars and ocelots roam the forests, though they are somewhat elusive. All four species of monkey found in Costa Rica can be found here as well as the adorable laid back sloths.

Two of the main attractions on the Osa Peninsula are Drake’s Bay and the Corcovado National Park.

Reasons to Visit Corcovado, Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce

  • Drake’s Bay – Known locally as Bahía Drake (named after Sir Frances Drake), this is one of Costa Rica’s most isolated spots – a real find. Largely cut off from the main routes, the lack of visitors has made this a haven for the abundant wildlife that can be found here, from troops of howler monkeys in the rainforest to pods of dolphins swimming by in the ocean. This area also has exceptional whale-watching. Humpback whales are usually found here year round except for May but the best months are end of July to early November.
  • Corcovado National Park – The wildlife here is incredibly diverse. With 140 species of mammal, 400 bird species, 115 reptiles and amphibians this is a treasure trove for nature lovers. You may be able to see the endangered scarlet macaw or the endangered Baird’s tapir which both make the national park their home. There are 4 species for you to try and spot as well, this is the only place where you can find all four in one place. Even if animals aren’t for you, you can go snorkeling at Caño Island, hiking through the remote coastal parks or visit indigenous burial sites.
  • Golfo Dulce – Just around the ‘corner’ and less visited than the Osa Peninsula, the Golfo Dulce (sweet gulf) has its own charms. In October the humpback whales use the calm waters of the gulf as a nursery for their young before they set off on the next part of their epic journey. It is also where you will find the Piedras Blancas National Park, once part of Corcovado, a pristine tract of lowland rainforest. You can also hire a boat and crew to look for sailfish or look out for the 3 species of dolphin there (common, spotted and bottlenose).

Places to Stay

There is accommodation to suit all budgets in much of this region. Accommodation at Bahía Drake, however, is mainly upmarket as the logistics of getting supplies in and access make this a more expensive location.