Your Hotel Stay on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast
Hotels are plentiful on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast, one of the least populated regions of Costa Rica. You’ll be spoiled both by the wealth of natural delights and by the accommodation options, with an excellent choice of hotels, hostels and lodges scattered along its coast and around the Osa Peninsula. From primary rainforest still teeming with exciting plant, animal and bird species to gloriously unspoilt marine, coral and coastal ecosystems, the South Pacific Coast provides all that a nature lover could ask for. Drake Bay -- named after Sir Francis Drake -- is a must-visit. The bay is dotted with hotels and lodges and offers both idyllic beaches and forests, and the chance to go swimming, snorkelling and diving, horseback riding, or simply to step into the natural realm and see how many wildlife wonders you can spot.
More Natural Delights
Corcovado National Park is the largest of Costa Rica’s parks, with tropical rainforest, freshwater and saltwater ecosystems home to some 500 species of trees, and hundreds more species of fish, reptiles, mammals and birds. Corcovado occupies much of the Osa Peninsula, and offers visitors the chance to hike, take guided tours, and even camp, all the better to experience its natural delights. Isla del Caño is an island and biological reserve 15 miles offshore from Drake Bay, whose crystal clear waters provide some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the country, and the chance to spot dolphins, humpback whales, moray eels, turtles and sharks.
Other Things to See on the South Pacific Coast
The Rancho Raices de Osa is a must for chocoholics. A family-run farm that has crafted chocolate for generations, it gives a guided tour of the chocolate-making process from bean to bar, which, of course, includes a tasting session. You could also ask your hotel to book a boat trip to the family-friendly Osa Wildlife Sanctuary, and the more intrepid can visit La Amistad International Park, a vast, truly wild park that straddles the Costa Rica--Panama border.