The Osa Peninsula
Blue Osa is located about 8 miles south of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica which National Geographic Magazine labeled “the most biologically intense place on Earth.” We are nearest to the border of the world-renowned Corcovado National Park and on the warm shores of the Golfo Dulce. While visiting our tropical eco-resort you are likely to spot some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered rainforest inhabitants, including the red-backed squirrel monkey, scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, and maybe even a jaguar.
Costa Rica is located on the Central American isthmus, it borders Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. The Caribbean Sea is to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Costa Rica is slightly north of the equator, therefore the climate is tropical year round. Costa Rica was and continues to be a pioneer country in eco-tourism, drawing visitors to the extensive National Parks and protected areas across the country.
Prepare to Travel
Do I need a passport or a visa to travel to Costa Rica?
All Canadian, US and EU citizens who travel to Costa Rica for tourism and pleasure purposes need a valid passport. Please check your passport to make sure you have at least 6 months validity from the time you enter Costa Rica. If it is not, you should get your passport renewed before you come to Blue Osa. A visa is not required.
Is there a departure tax when leaving Costa Rica?
When you leave Costa Rica, you will have to pay a departure tax of $29 USD. It must be paid at Juan Santamaria International Airport before going through airport security. The tax is payable in either colones, U.S. dollars, or with Visa/Mastercard.
Upon your arrival into San Jose at Juan Santamaria International Airport, you will need to make a connection that will bring you south down to the Osa Peninsula.
A flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez takes approximately 45 minutes.
Blue Osa recommends Nature Air, the only airline in the entire world that has reduced their carbon footprint to zero (something which, as an Eco-Resort, we greatly admire, appreciate and endorse). Nature Air is a safe and customer-service oriented airline that services all of Costa Rica. Please click here to book your flight to Puerto Jimenez now.
You may also receive special customized service by emailing our colleagues at Nature Air directly. Please make sure you ask them for the special Blue Osa discount.
Laura – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alvaro – email@example.com
Please email info [at] blueosa [dot] com to arrange a Blue Osa shuttle to and from the Puerto Jimenez Airport. Include your full name, arrival and departure times on Nature Air or Sansa.
If you are visiting Blue Osa with a group retreat, give this information to your group leader to schedule with Blue Osa as soon as its available.
The drive from San Jose to Blue Osa is approximately 6-8 hours.
Recommended car rental companies – Solid Rent a Car and Toyota
4 wheel drive is recommended.
Traveling by bus is recommended only by experienced travelers or if you are adequate in the Spanish language.
Bus – Terminal Atlantico Norte (Tel: 2256-8963, or when calling from abroad (506) 256-8963) buses leave daily from San José and pass through San Isidro de El General where passengers can also get on. Bus 699 from Terminal Atlantico Norte leaves from San Jose at 6am and 12noon, taking about 10 hours to reach Puerto Jimenez. The Tracopa Bus 612 from Terminal Alfaro to Golfito can also be taken, which takes about 8 hours and leaves at 7am and 3pm. The TRACOPA company telephone number is 2222-2666 or when calling from abroad (506) 222-2666. Click here to read a full description of the journey.
The ferry from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez takes about an hour and a half and runs twice daily. Schedule is random and subject to change. Price $4. There are also fast ferries available that can do the trip in about 30 minutes, the cost is $6. The schedule can change.
PUERTO JIMÈNEZ from Golfito by boat – DEPARTURE: Daily, from Municipal Dock (Muelle) at 11:00; RETURN: 6:00; 1:30 hrs. Office tel. 2735-5036.
Colones is the official currency of Costa Rica, although US dollars are widely accepted.
Items and activities purchased at Blue Osa can be charged to your room and paid with a credit card at the end of your stay. The amount of local currency that you need depends on how much you intend to spend on extra purchases outside of the property.
For Americans, it is really not necessary to convert any money to local currency (colones) as all businesses happily accept U.S. dollars (however, expect your change to be in colones). In fact, we suggest that you do NOT change any money and bring several smaller bills so you do not receive any change. The current rate of exchange fluctuates around 500 colones for every 1 US dollar.
Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, although English is widely understood.
You do not need any shots or vaccines before visiting Costa Rica. However, we always recommend speaking with your Doctor and referencing the World Health Organization before traveling anywhere.
When to Visit
Because the Osa Peninsula is blessed with wonderful weather year round, there really isn’t a “best” time to visit. Though most guidebooks list the ideal time to travel to Costa Rica as December through May, we enjoy a stable climate of 75-85 degrees relatively year-round.
Of course, don’t try looking for that information via online weather reports. Our private oasis is SO off the map, Google has yet to find us. FUN FACT: The 19,730 miles (about the size of West Virginia) that make up Costa Rica actually house 20 different climate zones! The bottom line?
The time to visit is whenever you want!
What to Pack
The tropical climate here makes it very comfortable to wear simple,
lightweight clothing and footwear. Quick-to-dry clothing and tennis shoes, sandals, or water shoes work best. The Osa Peninsula is characterized by
warm, breezy days, with highs between 82 and 92 degrees, and lows in the range of 70-80. Keep in mind that Blue Osa is surrounded by jungle so it is
also often humid here.
Ideal packing guide, based on a week long stay here:
• 3 or 4 tank tops or lightweight T-Shirts
• Bathing suit
• 3 or 4 pairs of shorts
• If coming to participate in a Yoga Retreat, bring your Yoga Mat. Also available for rent.
• A journal and pen for taking notes is usually considered essential.
• A flashlight or headlamp. Perfect for those fond of midnight walks on the beach.
• Sunscreen/bug spray is available in the Blue Osa shop.