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Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

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DC
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Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

I will be in Jaco in early December and am trying to decide whether to travel south or north along the Pacific coast.

The south, particularly Corcovado, seems like it would be amazing to see. But I'm unsure how we would do this logistically.

Is there anything else in the Southern Pacific / Osa Peninsula / Drake Bay region that is a must-see?

Thank you!!!

Slovenia
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1. Re: Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

Driving south on road 34 (Costanera Sur) places to stop are Manuel Antonio, Baru/Dominical/Uvita and Osa Peninsula (Puerto Jimenez or Drake Bay). If any of these is a must see, well, that depends on you only.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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2. Re: Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

Everything in that region is a *must see*

It is very distinct from Jaco/Manuel Antonio.

If you have a car, you could drive the coastal highway to Dominical and beyond, connect w/ Interamerican and head to Golfito. You could park yr car in Golfito and stay at a beautiful lodge like Playa Nicuesa.

You could also drive (on paved road) all the way to Puerto Jimenez

or try something different like heading to Playa Zancudo. From Playa Zancudo you can take day trips by boat to rainforest, mangroves, Osa Peninsula and some great botanical gardens...

San Jose, Costa Rica
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3. Re: Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

Great palces and beaches driving to our South Pacific ...incredible nice...check TikiVillas in Uvita great place to spend a couple nights...and is only 3 hours to Puerto Jimenez...that is Osa Peninsula...

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DC
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4. Re: Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

Thank you all for your thoughtful replies. Is Corcovado worth seeing? And is it doable by car?

Slovenia
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5. Re: Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

Corcovado (as Corcovado National Park) is surely worth seeing, however it is not doable by a car. You can boat in from Drake Bay or hike in through Puerto Jimenez. With a car the closest you can go is driving from Puerto Jimenez to Carate; be aware that there are multiple creeks / rivers to be crossed. Relatively easier part is till Restaurante Buena Esperanza (Martina's Bar). You can leave your car there and walk the rest of the Cabo Matapalo road to the very end. Wildlife sightings is guaranteed.

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6. Re: Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

Another easier option to visit Corcovado NP for a day trip is via the various tours from Uvita or Drake Bay. They are full day tours that take you by boat to one of the ranger stations (1:20 from Uvita or 40 min from Drake) and run about $95 to $125 inc lunch, transport and Guide. For Uvita you can find the tour agencies in this article: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g635755-s4/Uvita:Cost… For Drake Bay the Lodges can coordinate it.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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7. Re: Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

Boy, I personally wouldn't recommend walking from Martina's to Carate and then thinking about hiking in the park.

There are "communal" taxis that ply the Puerto Jimenez to Carate route, not very frequent, but reasonable. Check w/ locals for current rates and timing.

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8. Re: Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

Corcovado National Park is a raw and remote park. It is not accessible by car.

There are 4 main options for entering the park. Two require multiple days.

1. Charter an airplane from Puerto Jimenez directly into Sirena Biological Station (most costly).

2. Boat in from Drake Bay - you can enter at San Pedrillo or Sirena. San Pedrillo is mostly a day trip, and Sirena can be a day trip or a multi day trip

3. Hike in from Los Patos, considered my many the more difficult trail to Sirena, usually a three day expedition.

4. Hike in from La Leona, usually a three day expedition.

Pura Vida,

Ballardo

Quepos, Costa Rica
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9. Re: Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

Hi Matt,

You can get to Drake Bay by boat from Sierpe which is an awesome experience (going up the river through the mangroves). Stay in DB for a few days, it is amazing. You can take a boat ride into the park and also hike the trails which aren't officially part of Corcovado but really great for wildlife. Also great snorkeling at Cano island. Stay as long as you can and take a small plane back to San Jose from the Drake Bay air strip. If you book that in advance it will be affordable (1 less day of travel= 1 more day of vacation= worth the price) Have a great time, wherever you go.

-Matt

DC
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10. Re: Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast

Thanks so much for all your help. Is there any way to drive to Drake Bay or is that not possible?

-Matt