Osa Peninsula & Corcovado National Park
The soutwest corner of Costa Rica contains the largest tracts of unspoiled virgin rainforest. Although a fair amount of this area is accessible by hard four-wheel driving, it´s remote enough that most visitors arrive by boat or plane. Corcovado´s rich expanse of primary forest covering most of the Osa Peninsula features ome wonderful nature lodges. The gulf gets visits by dolphins and whales and is popular with fishermen. Most tourists don´t get this far, but ir is absolutely worth it.
Once isolated frin the mainstream of tourism - and Costa Rica in general - the beautiful Osa Peninsula is now drawing eco- and adventure tourists in increasing numbers. Stunning Drake Bay and its northern section of pristine Corcovado National Park can be reached by charter plane from Pavas, San Jose, or by an 1 1/2 hour boat trip from the Sierpe River. The small airport at Puerto Jimenez, the peninsula´s most important town, has made it a lot easier to access the beach towns and southern Corcovado Park. Bordered to the west by the warm Pacific Ocean and the east by a marine paradise, the Golfo Dulce is where playful dolphins follow your launch and huge humpback whales come to breed. Osa is a memorable eco-adventure, just waiting for you. However, it is not for everyone - the environment can be physically demanding and requires some strenuous exertion.
While Drake Bay remains one of the most isloted places in Costa Rica, the small town located at the mouth of the Rio Aguijitashas boomed somewhat in recent years.
Mosf of that is due to the year-around operation of the small airstrip here, and the sometimes passable condition of the rough dirt road connecting Drake Bay to the coastal highway-just a few years ago there was no roadm and the nearest regularly functioning airstrip was in Palmar Sur. That said, the lodges remains quiet and remote getaways catering to naturalist, anglers, scuba divers, and assorted vacationers. Tucked away on the northern edge of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay is a great place to get away from it all.