Golfo Dulce

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There is a wide range of delightful full service lodges along the Golfo Dulce from Golfito northwest, all the way to Rincón.  Since any of these are boat access only and therefore remote, they are very private and bound pristine rainforest–many of them bordering Piedras Blancas National Park.  The northeast side of the gulf is characterized by dense forest and very steep mountains rising from a rocky coastline.

There are sand beaches and rocky beaches.  Many of these destinations bound Piedras Blancas National Park, renowned for its spectacular botanical biodiversity.  The isolation of Golfo Dulce destinations makes them best suited for visitors looking for privacy and seclusion in paradise.

Getting There

Access is by water only to all these destinations.  Typically, visitors fly into Golfito or Puerto Jiménez on either Natureair or Sansa and travel by private boat supplied by your lodge.

Tours and Activities

Golfo Dulce lodges are sufficiently isolated so that your options in tours and activities depend largely on the offerings of the lodge you have chosen, your own versatility in self-guided adventure, and boat transport to tours and activities on the Osa Peninsula, one half hour away.  Local activities include the following.

  • Snorkeling
    Snorkeling
    The waters on the northeastern Golfo Dulce coast have minimal riverine disturbance and on average maintain high visibility below water. The rocky shelves provide skin-divers a treasure trove of underwater adventure completely different from coral habitats. Snag lobsters for dinner if you can do it as they are abundant along this coast along with a rainbow of marine wildlife, including whale sharks, humpback whales, porpoises, and a variety of rays.
  •  Nature Hikes
    Nature Hikes
    The Golfo Dulce offers a spectacular variety of wildlife and is particularly well known for its botanical biodiversity. The coast presents very steep shorelines rising through primary rain forest to mountain heights along the entire Golfo Dulce coastline from Río Esquinas to Golfito. This area gets more rain than others and has an abundance of streams and rivers, waterfalls, and classic tropical montane habitat. Your lodge will offer hiking tours, but the ambitious visitor is encouraged to recognize the streams as his or her personal highway to the highlands. Beyond the boundaries of the resort of your choice lays untouched national parks there for you to explore.
  •   Golfo Dulce Motor Boat
    Golfo Dulce Motor Boat
    The Golfo Dulce offers a spectacular variety of wildlife and is particularly well known for its botanical biodiversity. The coast presents very steep shorelines rising through primary rain forest to mountain heights along the entire Golfo Dulce coastline from Río Esquinas to Golfito. This area gets more rain than others and has an abundance of streams and rivers, waterfalls, and classic tropical montane habitat. Your lodge will offer hiking tours, but the ambitious visitor is encouraged to recognize the streams as his or her personal highway to the highlands. Beyond the boundaries of the resort of your choice lays untouched national parks there for you to explore.
  • Beachcombing
    Beachcombing
    The northeastern Golfo Dulce presents a highly unique and unusual coastal geomorphology. This naturally is a primordial factor governing the ecosystem, but it is the morphology of the land that is most striking. Here we have highlands that plunge into the tenth deepest gulf on the planet. Near the Esquinas, there are sand beaches, but most of the coastline is rocky with cobble beaches in coves and spectacular rock points and faces. Self-guiding, mostly, and endlessly fascinating

Accommodations:

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Saladero Lodge
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Playa Nicuesa 
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