The Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

The Osa Peninsula is located in South West Costa Rica, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Golfo Dulce to the east. It is an area of absolutely stunning natural beauty. As it’s quite far from the airport, and a bit ‘off the beaten path’, people often leave it off their Costa Rica itineraries. But I strongly, strongly encourage you not to because this small slice of the world is a true paradise – and yes, a million times yes, worth visiting.

We finished off our time in Costa Rica with a wonderful couple of days on the coast, and could have stayed for weeks. Here are our highlights from our visit.

Day 1 – Beaches and night walks

We started off our stay by checking in to our hotel, El Remanso Lodge – It had a lovely welcoming feel, and made a great stop for relaxing and resting in comfort with views out over the ocean. It’s also family owned and run, so had a really nice feel to it.

We decided to take a walk to the beach as many of the local Lodges have access to beach trails. It’s advised not to go barefoot on the beaches due to the snakes in the area, although we didn’t see any. The beaches are spectacular though, and tend to be private, with rock pools, forests, coconut tress and miles of sand. In fact, we only saw two other people as we explored.

Rock pools at the beach

In the evening we joined an on-site guide for a night walk at the lodge. No sooner had we set out than the heavens opened, but it was worth it because the rain brings out certain forest night life and we at last we found the Costa Rican green frogs with red eyes, as well as cane toads, a snake and 2 sloths, one of which was climbing back up a huge garlic tree having come to ground to defecate (did you know when sloths poop they excrete about 1/3rd of their body weight!!!)

Day 2 – Corcovado National Park and Dolphin Watching

The Osa Peninsula is largely covered by the Corcovado National Park, one of the richest and most diverse tropical areas on the planet. It covers nearly half of the entire peninsula and has the largest lowland rainforest in Central America. It’s a total haven for wildlife watching, and is even home to jaguars and pumas – though we didn’t see any (thankfully!). We spent our morning exploring and saw so much wildlife.

A toucan in the rainforest

Our final activity before leaving for home was to go dolphin watching. There are also whales here, but our visit didn’t tie in with whale season though it didn’t matter as dolphins are present in the warm waters all year round. Getting close to them on a boat trip was truly special and a perfect way to end the holiday.

What a special view!
A dolphin in the water

And that brings an end to my posts on Costa Rica. Heading home was really sad, we didn’t want to go back to reality – don’t holidays always feel like a parallel universe!?

What did you think of Costa Rica? Let me know in the comments below – and thank you so much for following along on this incredible trip. If you missed any of the series, then you can catch up with the links below:

Stay safe and happy travelling!


  1. Amazing and memorable experiences. Dolphins are always very special and not to be missed. You saw an absolute abundance of wildlife on your trip, the photos are wonderful. After that warning about the snakes on the beach, I’m afraid I would be a bit distracted despite such magnificent natural beauty. Your room at El Remanso Lodge looks very cosy and calming.

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  2. We use to live on a barrier island of Florida and there would be pods of dolphins in the water of the river and it was always this amazing moment to see them- they are just such gentle and playful creatures πŸ™‚ Hard pass on the snake though. We actually just rebooked our trip to Costa Rica and I think we are spending all of our time on that west part of the country so this was a perfect post to enjoy today πŸ™‚

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      1. We are flying into Liberia and I think we’ll spend some time around the volcano and some time around the Osa peninsula, and some places in between. Now that’s booked we are going to start making plans- I’m so excited! πŸ™‚

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  3. What Ana amazing ending to your trip! I’ve never been to this part of Costa Rica but I can see why you say it’s worth it. Heck, I’d go for that hotel room alone. It looks so cozy!

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    1. Aw I’m so glad if I’ve made you consider Costa Rica – it’s a really beautiful country with so much worth seeing. Thanks for following along Marion, really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment πŸ™‚

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  4. Another fabulous post, Hannah! Your lodging looks so pleasant, like your high in the trees and with an amazing view! I love your waterfront shots, especially the dolphin pictures – wow! – and there appears to be soooo much animal life in the forest. Thank you for sharing, my friend πŸ™‚

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  5. Oh my, so much wildlife, and beautiful photos as usual. What an amazing experience. But, a snake; 😳!! Only once in my life have I seen dolphins in the wild; it was absolutely magical. Thanks for treating us to a wonderful visit in Costa Rica.

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  6. Wow this place really sounds and looks like a true paradise! How amazing that you basically had the beach all to yourselves! And that hotel room – wow! Thanks for sharing your Costa Rican adventures, it really put this country up my bucket list!

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  7. Just wonderful Hannah! There is so much beauty here: Your room, the beach and wildlife (interesting fact about the sloth’s poo πŸ˜‰). And what a stunning photo of the toucan (oh, and the dolphins)!
    I totally understand why you guys didn’t want to go home … you painted a beautiful picture of Costa Rica in your posts. Thank you for such a great series of posts!

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  8. You convinced me, Hannah! Osa Peninsula is definitely on the list for our next trip to Costa Rica. We missed it the first time – thanks to you we won’t make that mistake again. πŸ™‚ ~Terri


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