The Osa Peninsula on Costa Rica’s southwestern Pacific Coast is home to one of the world’s greatest natural treasures, Corcovado National Park. Together, the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado are unequivocally a nature lover’s paradise. The park protects both land and marine habitats and is recognized as one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. From jaguars to tapirs, humpback whales to giant manta rays, and macaws to monkeys, the region is teeming with wildlife. Thousands of unique species share the land, air, and nutrient-rich ocean waters.
Between the peninsula and the mainland is the Golfo Dulce, one of the world’s few tropical fjords and an extremely rare biome providing home to scalloped hammerheads, four species of dolphins, and humpback whales. It is also the site of the first shark sanctuary and reef restoration project in Costa Rica. Several turtle hatcheries and research stations occupy the peninsula’s shores as four Pacific sea turtle species visit the peninsula seasonally to lay their eggs, including leatherbacks, greens, hawksbills, and olive ridleys.
The Osa isn’t just a playground for its wild inhabitants. There’s something for every outdoor enthusiast, dreamer, and adventurer. Visitors are provided with an abundance of activities, including hiking, birdwatching, whale watching, kayaking, snorkeling, and of course—surfing. Renowned for its world-class waves, the Osa Peninsula and its nearby mainland breaks attract novice and expert surfers year-round.
In addition to eight adventure-filled and informative experiences offered at Lapa Rios, our expert concierge can arrange private or shared tours to local attractions as well as kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and whale/dolphin watching excursions. Surfing lessons or guided excursions to the region’s best breaks, such as Pan Dulce, Pavones, Cabo Matapalo, and others, can also be arranged.