Osa Pensinula

Osa Peninsula

Corcovado and the Osa Peninsula region are a real highlight of Costa Rica - a stunning wilderness where pristine rainforest tumbles down onto wild beaches and where the forest and ocean are teeming with wildlife. This is one of the best spots in the world for dolphin and bird watching. With much of the area designated national park, it plays host to a huge biodiversity and the few accommodations on offer tend to be superb small eco lodges each set within their own slice of virgin rainforest.

Set in the the Southwest of Costa Rica, getting here is the tough part. There are regular light aircraft flights from San Jose or it is a long drive, usually broken with a stop at Manuel Antonio or in the whale region around Uvita. The flights are an experience in themselves offering stunning views over the Pacific Coast flying directly over Manuel Antonio and the famous whale tale geological formation. This area plays host to a good number of superb ecolodges each set within their own slice of pristine rainforest and offering a mix of ocean and rainforest experiences. Some of the best lodges in the area charge up to $400 per person per night but there are more reasonable alternatives around $300 per person per night (such as El Remanso and Nicuesa). Even so, this is not really a region to consider if your budget is very tight.

Lodges within the Golfo Dulce contrast nicely with those facing the Pacific Ocean in the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado area. So a 2 lodge stay can make sense. The gulf is best for dolphin viewing and kayaking. Those on the Osa Peninsula around the opening to the Gulf benefit from open ocean views and offer superb beginner and pro surfing opportunities and those in Drake Bay, Corcovado are best located for treks in Corcovado and trips out to Cano Island (some of the best snorkelling in Costa Rica).

The region is subject to the same weather patterns as the rest of the country but we would consider it a good option year round. In the rainy season (May to October) you are likely to see afternoon rainfall on a daily basis, but come morning it is bright and sunny and the tropical rainstorms are themselves an experience to savour. In the dry season, rain is still common but more likely only one or two afternoons a week.


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Itineraries

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Two week holiday in Costa Rica with a focus on the wildlife. Includes Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Osa Peninsula and Uvita

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $3,678 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,258 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Two week luxury holiday celebrating the best of Costa Rica. Includes Arenal Volcano, Pacuare River, Gulfo Dulce and Manuel Antonio

Tailor-made Luxury 2 weeks

Adults from $6,757 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Families from $6,306 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

The ultimate Costa Rica holiday for surfers and their families. Explore Arenal Volcano, surf in hip Nosara and surf and see the wildlife in the stunning Osa Peninsula.

Tailor-made Luxury 2 weeks

Adults from $5,691 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,414 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Playa Cativo Lodge

Osa Peninsula

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Luxurious Ecolodge
- Rainforest & Ocean Wildlife Activities
- Gorgeous Swimming Pool
- Complimentary SUP & Kayaks

Lapa Rios

Osa Peninsula

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Remote rainforest location
- Complete immersion in nature
- Superb luxury accommodation
- Waterfalls, hiking, surfing, kayaking

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Tranquil rainforest eco-lodge
- Restaurant, bar, yoga, massages
- Dolphin watching, deep-sea fishng
- Zip wiring, horse riding, kayaking

Aguila De Osa

Osa Peninsula

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Excellent midrange choice
- Stunning Osa Peninsula location
- Kayaking, diving, snorkelling
- Fishing, rainforest zip wires, horse riding

El Remanso

Osa Peninsula

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Eco-friendly rainforest lodge
- Great midrange option
- Water and land-based adventure activities
- Plenty of accommodation options

Bosque Del Cabo

Osa Peninsula

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Boutique, owner-run nature lodge
- Rainforest & unspoilt beaches
- Excellent location at tip of Osa Peninsula
- Wildlife rich area, animals 'up close'

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Eco-friendly, hilltop lodge
- Access to a private beach
- Adjacent to Corcovado National Park
- Superb jungle wildlife, varied activities

La Leona Eco Lodge

Osa Peninsula

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Simple tented cabins, great value
- Idyllic beachside eco-lodge
- Adjacent to Corcovado National Park
- Birdwatching, night hikes, turtle watching

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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