Islands • Nature & Wildlife Areas
Top Attractions in Osa Peninsula
What travelers are saying
- I was nervous to go snorkeling as I had only done it once before and it was not a good experience. This was totally different! The crew and our guide, Elia, were super helpful, well prepared and kind. The equipment was great. And, despite a storm the night before and rainy conditions we still saw a lot- parrot fish, a school of jack fish, puffer fish, various other colorful small fish, and see turtles!Written June 21, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- My 18 year old son and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment at the Ranch. The tour was informative and fun. We loved smelling and sampling. It was interesting to learn about organic farming, and we loved the making of chocolate process. We even had chocolate masks with coconut oil massaged on our faces by request. Our skin felt amazing afterwards. The lunch was my favorite meal in Costa Rica and quite possible the best meal I’ve had that I can remember. Everyone was so kind and proud of the farm! We highly recommend a visit.Written April 2, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Getting a guide is a must otherwise you will so much. A coastal NP it is amazing what you can find strolling along the beach!Written March 31, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I loved my experience here. I learned a lot about Costa Rican animals, and animal conservation. Yes, the animals are in cages, but they are either being rehabilitated so they can be released into the wild, or they can't be rehabilitated and their cage size is sufficient to their physical abilities.
Carol was a very interesting speaker. Yes, she's a no-nonsense kind of lady, but she has to be: she runs this facility and she has to protect the animals. No, this is not a petting zoo, nor is it a zoo. You will get to meet some native animals up-close (they are in cages) and learn about their habitats.
Things to know: You can't bring anything inside, so leave your backpacks and other belongings (water bottles, sunglasses, everything) on the boat. Otherwise, you'll have to leave them on the beach. It is shaded all throughout, so don't worry about having to leave your sunglasses behind.
You'll have a guided tour the whole time, and there aren't any places to sit down, so if you have trouble standing, be aware this is a bit demanding to stand for over an hour.
I thought this was a great outing for a day on the Gulfo Dulce and the animals were extremely cute and engaging.Written March 7, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This was a wonderful experience. We did minimum work and the entire trip was arranged for us. We took a speed boat from sierpe to drakes bay where Kenneth was waiting to take us to Allegra hostel. We spoke with him earlier on the phone to make bookings and arrangements and he was able to help us with only a weeks notice. The hostel was lovely and had a pleasant patio overlooking the jungle. Elsa was supremely helpful at the front desk answering all of our questions and giving us our trip itinerary. We got the sloth package and indeed saw a sloth so it was well worth it. The first day we arrived and rested, the second day we did the San pedrillo hike with Donny who was a helpful, knowledgeable, and personable guide. The third day we did snorkeling with drake bay diver guide Yendry who was quick to point out so many different species of marine animals including multiple turtles and a shark! We got a complimentary lunch both days which was delicious and overall had a fabulous experience. Drake bay is a very cool small town with beautiful beaches and lots of stores. I strongly recommend Corcovado info center for anyone looking to experience all that Costa Rica has to offer.Written June 30, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- i have seen 3 or 4 differnt birds and iguana. Pelicans were huntong for fish. Seagulls fighting with vulpture for food. parrots, monkeys and so on. niceWritten April 4, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Probably the safest beach south of town about 2 hrs. walk. There is a natural rock out crop that break most of the waves. We did experience some jellies to the far right near the rocks Two people got stung. Stay in the middle and visit early, cause it's a really popular spot for the tour boats to bring clients for lunch from 12- 2 pm.
Not a bad play to snorkel either so bring goggles at least. This is a good place for a picnic lunch too except there are no trash cans so plan to pack it all out.Written April 4, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- One of our favourite days on our recent trip to Costa Rica, the trail is just stunning. Beautiful jungle and stunning beaches. After a fast paced day hiking around the Sirena and San Pedrillo stations in Corcovado we absolutely loved taking it slow and taking in all the beauty on this trail. We took way longer than the suggested time, more like 4.5 hours but we did make a short pitstop for a drink too. Annoyingly we didn't quite make it to Playa San Josecito, I reckon from the map we were only 5-10mins away but the trail became unclear so it was time to call it a day in the heat when we still had a long walk back. We saw toucans, macaws, monkeys, lots of cool iguanas and lizards and a sloth! We stopped both ways at Corcovado adventures to grab a drink and go to the toilet and it was here we spotted a sloth high in the trees behind it and a cool spider. Would highly recommend the walk, it's so beautiful and full of wildlife. Lots of cool hanging bridges and beautiful beaches to stop at too.Written April 23, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- this is one of the less visited parks in Costa Rica but I'm not really sure why. It is adjacent to the parks in the Osa Peninsula and shares the same kind of biodiversity. On my hike, I saw lots of really beautiful plants and lots of wildlife, particularly things like lizards and frogs. It's definitely a no frills park and the trails are very muddy and steep but they are worth the effort. Visitors have to park in a very small parking lot outside of an ecolodge for a small fee. To get to the trail, you walk another 5 minutes down the road and then go up a long grassy hill which takes you to the trail system. I really enjoyed my hike here and saw a lot of things but I definitely left tired.Written April 17, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Sirena Ranger station is an oasis in a wild humid jungle environment. It’s miles away from any other services in the area and an exotic destination best experienced overnight if possible but certainly a day trip will give you a good taste of what it has to offer. It is a scout type group camp with 70 bunkbeds capacity , with group washing and toilet facilities. The staff is doing a very respectable job of feeding at least 70 people breakfast lunch and dinner every day during the high season. Food is plentiful and quite good. It’s fairly easy to avoid the long lines by either cleaning up when others are queing for dinner or vice versa. Book your visit early as the slots do fill up quickly.Written March 27, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We spent a very interesting and instructive morning here. The ranch, which was mostly built by the owner himself, is located in the middle of the jungle. Patrick lovingly cares for his birds, which include abandoned and rescued animals. He is happy to share his expert knowledge, including about the flora and fauna of the area, and talks about his eventful life. The museum is also very worth seeing. If you want you can also stay overnight, from here several hiking trails start.Written April 14, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We went from casa corcovado to isla del caño by boat. The trip takes around 40 minutes and it’s nice. Once there we snorkeled for an hour approx and saw a marine turtle and some sharks sleeping at the bottom of the sea. The snorkeling was just ok, not too colorful or espectacular. The beach was also good for relaxing and swimming but in our way back we saw a group of 4 or 5 whales playing around our boat, one female with baby whale and it was so amazing. Really worth the day trip. Around 1pm we were back for lunch at te lodgeWritten August 28, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Don’t go there unless you want a beautiful empty beach with no services and no humans! Beautiful and serene.Written February 26, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A mandatory stop if you travel to Costa Rica. It is the ideal point to visit Caño Island and Corcovado Park, specifically the San Pedrillo station. We went to the island with Costa Rica Adventure Divers and I recommend it 100% and to San Pedrillo with a private tour that we hired from the hotel and it was also exceptional. There is a guide ("Tico") with whom we also did a night tour with whom my three children were fascinated.Written March 18, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We did Cano Island Snorkling, Pelagic Sea tour, Corcovado La Sirena and Mangrove tour with Erick. We booked private tours with him which are totally worth it. He was so good in what he does. Spotting all the animals and telling about them, very informative. He was very friendly and easy going and so passionate about animals and photography. Pelagic tour was perfect as Erick found a super pod of Spinner Dolphins for us, it was an amazing experience. Also the Mangrove tour was amazing, we saw so many birds and different monkeys, just wow. If you want to hire a guide in Osa, you definitely should book Erick!Written March 7, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Osa Peninsula
- The best day trips from Osa Peninsula according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Corcovado National Park, One-Day Adventure Tour from Manuel Antonio.
- Full-Day Tour of Corcovado Sirena Station with Lunch
- Corcovado Tour-Sirena Day Trip from Drake Bay
- Jungle Hike with Canyoning and Rappelling in Drake Bay
- Full-Day Tour in Sirena and San Pedrillo with Lunch