Costa Rica is hands down one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It’s rich in nature, boasts delicious Latin food, and is full of the happiest people I’ve ever met.
The Osa Peninsula is located in the South-West of Costa Rica where the jungle meets the ocean. Here you’ll soon become accustomed to being woken up by the haunting call of the Howler monkey and spending the entire day dressed in a bathing suit. The bumpy roads are akin to being in a massage chair and your days are spent soaking up the warm sun. The locals will offer you surf lessons, and your day isn’t complete without a fresh cold coconut.
5 Exotic Places You Must Visit In The Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
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With so many amazing places to visit in the Osa, it was difficult to shortlist 5 places that shouldn’t be missed on your next trip to Costa Rica.
My Suggestions For The Top 5 Places In The Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
1) Puerto Jimenez
Many people wonder why this one turns up on my list. It’s because this little town will be your first port of call if you’re arriving by air, or boat. In Puerto Jimenez, you can enjoy a day at the beautiful beach followed by an evening sampling some of the local or international cuisines on offer. For those more adventurous types, you can experience the night life where bars tend to be open until fairly late, offering loud music and a wide array of drinks. This is a popular spot at the weekend where locals and expats converge to enjoy themselves.
2) Blue Osa Yoga Resort and Spa
I’ve spend weekends staying in friends’ houses around the Osa Peninsula. As a yoga student and teacher I’m always looking for studios where I can take yoga classes. I haven’t found a better yoga deck than the one at Blue Osa. Most resorts in this area don’t tend to have yoga decks. Blue Osa’s deck is impressive with huge, open windows that face the ocean, and provide beautiful views of the vibrant and lush garden. The sounds of the waves crashing against the sand and the calls of various animal and bird species is truly relaxing. This is definitely an amazing place to stay and take a yoga class.
3) Pan Dulce, Backwash, and Matapalo beach
I’ve recently begun surfing and it’s been such a fun experience. Matapalo is about a 15-minute drive from Blue Osa. In Matapalo you’ll find three beautiful beaches that back on to the jungle. These are great locations to surf or relax. They are usually empty and always clean with fresh turquoise waters. If you’re lucky you may even see a dolphin.
As you venture further south around the Osa Peninsula you’ll find Carate. This is a hidden gem most people aren’t aware of. It’s not a tourist hotspot which is why it’s remained untouched. You’ll drive up into the mountains to get here through majestic jungle scenery. At the end of the drive, the view is postcard perfect when you arrive at a beautiful lagoon and experience gorgeous sunsets.
The beach is deserted and surrounded by trees of various shapes and sizes. This is a stunning area to visit and photograph the rich nature. Alternatively, if photography isn’t your thing, lay your towel down to sunbathe and enjoy a dip in the ocean.
5) Lapa Rios Waterfall
I stumbled upon this waterfall by accident. This huge waterfall was the perfect surprise after a long day of horseback riding and hiking. The fact that there was no-one else there enhanced the sound of the crashing water into the pool below. The water was clean and refreshing – ideal after the energetic day we’d had. We were here for a good hour or so until it started to rain. Costa Rica just keeps giving!
I’m aware that there are a lot of beautiful places around the world that I am yet to discover, but for now, the Osa Peninsula remains firmly at the top of my list of favourite places. Being a huge nature lover and explorer, I felt immediately at home in this magnificent land.
Whether if like me, you’re nature-obsessed or not, the Osa Peninsula cannot fail to impress with its reputation for being “the most biologically intense place on earth”. You’ll notice the impact this reputation has had on the area with a strong sense of pride when it comes to the eco-friendly focus of many establishments.
Experience the Corcovado National Park in all its glory. Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa serves as the perfect base to explore. Let this be the adventure of your lifetime.
About The Author
Born in Colombia, raised in Florida with a mind full of curiosity on spirituality and how to make the world a better place. Nicole has been practicing yoga since she was 16 years old, ever since she’s wanted to expand her yoga practice which has turned into her ultimate passion. She went to Costa Rica where her practice got deeper and now being a certified yoga instructor, still in Costa Rica, as a writer/blogger and finishing her studies on holistic health. Growing up in a household and group of friends full of support and love is what has allowed her to achieve her dreams and to continue to be where she currently is. Expressing her passions with yoga, writing, health and nature through social media wanting to spread her passion through out the world, one picture and one message at a time. (IG: @nicoletovz)(FB: Nicole Tovar)