The wonders of the south Pacific

The Costa Rican South Pacific is comprised of some extremely privileged areas; which included Manuel Antonio, Matapalo, Dominical, Uvita and Corcovado. These areas are the home to pristine beaches, lush green mountain sides, and an incredible amount of biodiversity – the most biodiverse regions of the country.

Manuel Antonio

Is located just 45 minutes from the over-developed busy touristy town of Jaco. Here, you can forget about all of your troubles as you lay on the white sand beaches sipping your favorite fresh fruit “batido”, hike through the amazing Manuel Antonio National Park, take a sunset Cataman tour to go snorkeling and whale watching, or even enjoy get in a bit of adventure with a local zip line tour. The best part is this incredible piece of paradise is located only 1 ½ hours from the

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  Highlights

  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Squirrel (Titi) Monkeys
  • White faced Capuchin Monkeys
  • Spider Monkeys
  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Snorkeling
  • White Sand beaches

Matapalo and Domincal

A little further south, so will find the beaches of Matapalo and Domincal. These beaches are little off the beaten path, making them still hidden gems, giving you that true sensation of rest and relaxation, far from crowds of tourists. There are limited options for bars and restaurants, but plenty of area to stretch out and enjoy these beaches. Matapalo is a lovely brown sand beach, ideal for swimming, sunbathing and admiring the sunset in a very laid-back atmosphere. Dominical is every surfers dream come true, offering great waves. Swimming in Dominical can be dangerous due to the strong riptides. Here you will discover a black sand beach and a great surfer and beach lover’s town. Getting to these parts takes a little more work, so either plan to rent a car, preferably 4×4, or to spend a fair amount of time on the public bus system.

Highlights

Hermosa Beach - Uvita

  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Brown and Black Sand beaches
  • Surfing
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Horseback Riding
  • Nauyaca Waterfalls

Corcovado

The deep south of Corcovado is an extremely primitive and rustic area that will take you back in time 100 years or more. Here the incredible biodiversity is the definite star of the show. If you need to be connected to internet, your cell phone, or the “boob tube”; this is not the place for you. But if you have a deep desire to reconnect with nature, to wake to the sounds of the birds and monkeys rather than roosters and automobiles…this place is the piece of heaven you have been looking for. If you are a bird watcher, a naturalist, a biologist, or just a nature lover, this place should be on your itinerary. A visit to this remote area of Costa Rica implies either a local flight, or a long drive or bus ride and a short boat ride. Be sure to plan to spend at least 3 nights here, because travelling back and forth will take a lot of time, so you want to make it worth your while and discover all there is to see.

Corcovado Wildlife

Highlights

  • Remote, undeveloped area
  • Corcovado National Park
  • Cano Island
  •  Scarlet Macaws
  • Toucans
  • Tapirs
  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Howler Monkeys
  • Spider Monkeys
  • Squirrel (Titi) Monkeys

This stretch of land has serious conservation efforts to be sure that you can continue to enjoy the wonders of the South Pacific of Costa Rica year after year. We invite you to include one or more of these locations to your next Costa Rican vacation itinerary. We guarantee you will have an unforgettable experience.