Visit Costa Rica's Pacific Coast
This is a coastline dominated by peninsulas, with the Nicoya Peninsula to the north and Osa to the south. The sheltered bays and gulfs of this region provide welcome shelter for some of the Pacific Ocean's more endangered nomadic creatures, amongst them whale sharks, turtles, dolphins and humpback whales.
This concentration of wildlife isn't limited to sheltered bays and reefs; the inland forests are as biologically diverse as anywhere in Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Park are key stops on any itinerary, while the quieter Carara Biological Reserve is a perfect place to spot scarlet macaws resting among the mangroves, whilst peccaries and coatis forage through the undergrowth.
Good transportation links and a well-established tourism infrastructure make the North Pacific a popular beach holiday destination, but those who venture off-the-beaten-track and head to the south will discover a more intimate and enticing side of Costa Rica.
Top itineraries in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast
Take in the best of Costa Rica's beaches, birdlife and wildlife-viewing hotspots as you travel to the beautiful Turrialba Valley and on to San Gerardo de Dota – one of the world's great bird-watching destinations – ending with the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.
Costa Rica is a land of spectacular volcanoes, wildlife-filled cloud forests, fast-flowing jungle rivers and tropical jungles. Explore its natural-world highlights in Arenal and Monteverde before kicking back on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park or Guanacaste.
Let expert guides introduce you to two Costa Rican gems – the rainforest of Sarapiqui and towering Arenal Volcano. You'll then enjoy a full-board stay at the Lapa Rios Ecolodge, hidden among the wildlife-filled rainforests of the Osa Peninsula.
Top places to stay in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast
In an exceptional location on the doorstep of Manuel Antonio Park, this hotel offers eco-tourism on a luxury scale, with several swimming pools and restaurants making it ideal for both families and honeymooners.
This luxury eco-lodge is located in the remote Osa Peninsula deep in the rainforest, offering open air bungalows and ocean views for guests to truly immerse themselves in nature.
This upmarket beach resort is built along the Pacific coastline of Guanacaste, with rugged eco-luxury and spectacular views of the coastline.
Where to go in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast
The Osa Peninsula is one of the best-kept secrets in Costa Rica. Described by National Geographic as 'the most biologically intense place on earth', it's unarguably the most pristine of all Costa Rica's ecosystems.
Costa Rica's South Pacific Coast is dominated by the Osa Peninsula. The Golfo Dulce separates this spit of land from the mainland; its divorced location has helped preserve the area's natural vegetation, creating forests so dense you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the Amazon Basin instead. …
Don't be deceived by the size of Manuel Antonio National Park. Although one of the smallest of Costa Rica's national parks, it's also rated as one of its best. The range of habitats enclosed within the park boundaries makes this the perfect place to observe both land-loving and sea -dwelling creatu…
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