Tucked in between the pristine jungle of the Piedras Blancas National Park and the Sweet Gulf waters off the Pacific Ocean we find a refuge for wildlife - a sanctuary where a dedicated founder, local staff and once in a while, a lucky volunteer or two care for and rehabilitate wounded, abandoned and rescued animals. If possible, they reintroduce the animals back into the wild to live the rest of their days in a natural and free existance.
On this tour you'll be able to see the operation of the Wildlife Sanctuary in action, observing not only the 'resident animals', but often times enjoying sightings of neighboring species passing through the lush jungle corridor surrounds. Look for 3 or 4 kinds of monkeys, macaws, toucans, parrots, pacas, dart frogs and more. At times the reserve has even been known to host wild cats in transition. Some of these animals are guarded jealously, keeping them away from human interaction in preparation for successful life in the wild. Others are in need of "hand care" due to injuries and disabilities. And too often, some are permanantly socialized, having been donated or rescued from inappropriate living situations with human interaction or entrapment taking away all natural instinct to fear us and live freely. On the lighter side, these comicly friendly animals tend to lend visitors some of the best photo opportunities! Take your camera and a 'dry bag' of essentials for your visit only. Your arrival to the property will be by water taxi and all other gear will kindly be left in the boat while you visit. Expect a 45 minute boat ride each way originating from Golfito or Puerto Jimenez.
$250 for “Up to 4 Guests” - Includes Round Trip Boat Transfers
( Additional Guests are $25 each up to 7 passengers total )oat
Tours offered daily at 9:00 a.m.
Special Group Tours may be arranged with advance notice. Contact Us.
Chartered Boats are modern and high speed with full gear and Professional Captains. Lunch, snacks and cold beverages are included as well as your local fishing license. Boat capacity of 1 to 3 fishermen.
Rates Vary depending on Boat and Captain.
Average Full Day offshore is $850.00
Excitement on the Blue Water
Dyan and Gil enjoy "a Good Fight"
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IGFA World-Champion Captain Bobby McGuinness. At last count, he holds 142 words records. That entitles him to legitimate 'bragging rights'. Captain Bobby is recognized as the foremost Skipper in these South Pacific Costa Rican waters. He is based out of Golfito. The sport fishermen who book loyally with Bobby call him "a fish magnet " because he never fails to meet their expectations- his reputation has been built upon incredible client success.
Bobby Captains 2 Golfito boat options:
Offerring the latest fishing gear, electronics and safety equipment. This traditional fishing skiff is powered by a single Cummins diesel.
“Sweet Dream” 28 ft. Pursuit. $1050/day
Built for comfort and specifically for fishing in Costa Rica, this beauty is powered by twin 450hp Cummins diesels developing a cruising speed of 27 knots. Appointed with a full range of electronics, tournament-class fishing gear and safety equipment. This boat may be that added comfort and luxury you are looking for.
"Cazador" is a 37-foot Merritt. $1,500/day
We believe the best day to make your visit to this incredible private garden is Thursday or Sunday, when the owners make themselves available to personally guide you through the trails, sharing a wealth of fascinating information as you stroll and take it all in.... Beginning at 7:30 a.m. and finishing just about midday. A very memorable experience!
-Casey DeFoer, Cruising Sailboat S/V Anastacia
$185 for "Up to 4 Guests" (Includes Round Trip Boat Transfer)
Additional Guests $10/each up to 7 passengers*
*Contact Us to make arrangements for larger groups.
An exhilarating way to get to know the Primary Forest - from the true perspective of a canopy dweller! See it as the sloth, monkeys and toucans do - from 100 feet up 'flying' from tree to tree! 11 platform stations wind through the exuberant forested mountains over Golfito Bay exposing expansive views over the Pacific and close up looks at the canopy habitat inside and out. Under the care of a professional trained guide you will strap on your patented security harness and hook up to the network of cables and go! At the conclusion your tour, the staff will invite you to the farm for a cold pressed natural fruit drink for refreshment and short 'wind down' before heading back down the mountain. It's a LOT of fun for all ages! Don't miss this one!
$75 per guest ~ Free transportation up to the jungle canopy for groups of 5 or more.!
4x4 taxis can be arranged for the round trip at a rate of $60 (Individual Taxi prices may vary)
This local family owned and operated eco-trail tour is located on the Avellan Ranches surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park and the Golfito Wildlife Refuge. Your guide will accompany you on an easy to moderate loop hike of about 2 ½ hours total through the peaceful rainforest - ending at a crystalline waterfall. There are several refreshing natural pools to swim in. The morning winds up at the family's outdoor dining area where you are treated to a "typical" full plate Costa Rican lunch prepared by the family. They are great cooks and take pride in pleasing your palate with meats, fruits, cheeses and vegetables- much of which has been grown or raised right there on the farm.
What to Take?
Comfortable walking shoes you can get wet, swimming suit, towel, bug repellent, sun screen and your camera.
Avellan Waterfall Hike
Transport + Entry & Lunch Fee
What better transportation could there be for a day of goofing off while on vacation? Horseback?? Why of course! Enjoy a half day exploring the hub of the Osa, Puerto Jimenez town center, the outlaying rural roads or the area beaches. Be on your own agenda instead of an organized tour. Go at your pace. Stop at the corner store for a snack or a cantina for a cerveza....Trot down to the waterfront for photos, up the back paths, back into town...It's your agenda. For your safety and convenience, a mounted "Campo Cowboy" with local knowledge will chaperon you. If you'd like, he can lead you in directions he thinks you might enjoy. The gang will have a blast! If you'd like, your adventure can include lunch or dinner at any of a number of Puerto Jimenez restaurants in town and a stop over at the local souvineer gallery before heading home.
Prices quotes are based on half day rides for Groups of 4 or more with mounted guide included. Discounts for children under 7 years riding 'double'. $48 per horse plus $10 per child double rider.
Sorry, but adult dobles are not permitted. Tips to the guide are optional , but recommended.
This tour starts in Puerto Jimenez. Clients lodging in Golfito will take "the water ferry" from the local dock across the Gulfo Dulce to meet their guide. Water transportation is approx. $10 round trip each passenger.
The Beatham Family invites you to visit their tropical garden - a wealth of exotic species, both ornamental and medicinal. Your host, Robert Beatham found himself in 'early retirement' when the Banana Company pulled out of Golfito in the 80's. Having married and established his family here, he declined to go back to the U.S. or transfer to another banana port, and instead, followed his passion establishing his nursery on a prime corner here in Golfito. It didn't take long for him to realize that he was entitled to more leisure than a retail business would allow him and so he made the transition out to the countryside and began his current project of love in the early 90's, the "Paradise Tropical Garden".
The trail through the garden has wide, clean paths and plant species are well labeled. Species you will see include: heliconias, bromeliads, gingers, orchids, palms, bananas, bamboos, exotic vegetables, fruits, spices and medicinal plants. Tropical fruits you might get a chance to sample include: South American zapote, bread nut, peach palm, cassava, sugar cane and cacao.
Tropical Garden Tour
Transport - Entry Fee
Haiku Charters, based out of Golfito Costa Rica, offers day sailing adventure including Surf, Beach and Golfo Dulce tours ~ providing Fishing, Swimming, Snorkeling, Hiking though the National Parks as well as Dolphin, Whale and Bird Watching. Haiku is designed for a fast, comfortable ride and the ability to navigate waters that other sailboats cannot, making her a perfect choice for a day of area fun.
The Boat “Haiku” is 44′ 0″ overall, 26′ 6″ extreme beam, 3′ 6″ draft with the centerboard up. The displacement is 11 tons net 13 gross. The construction of this professionally built sailboat is cold-molded Bruynzeel mahogany, 3 plys with West System epoxy monocoque, constructed in 1985 by California Custom Boats. A high-tech, lightweight, pre-preg carbon cruising interior was installed in 2001. Haiku has a new conventional mast. Sails are Cruise-Lam Dacron and Spectra by Skip Elliot and are in excellent condition. Auxiliary propulsion is by new 40 hp Volvo D2-40 installed in 2008 with a 3 blade propeller.
The interior has 3 double berths in 3 cabins, a double in the forward cabin, main salon and a separate and private aft cabin with its own head. This arrangement is exceedingly comfortable and practical at sea or harbor and very lightweight. All electronics and major equipment have been updated including windlasses, wiring, plumbing and deck hardware. And 'just in case' you are curious, Haiku is well suited to overnight or multi-day sailing adventure to any of a number of fantastic area desinations too.... Ask us for more information on the 3 and 4 day cruises.
Day Tour Packages:
Half Day - Snacks and soft drinks included. $300 up to 10 people.
Full Day Sail - with Snorkeling, Lunch, snacks and soft drinks. $600 up to 10 people.
SPECIAL SUNSET OFFER - A Golfito Bay Sail with Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks & Snacks
Only $45 per person. 4 person min.
Now offering Golfito Panga Tours:
Pavones for Surf $400 up to 4 persons / Lunch & Soft Drinks included.
Snorkel Trip with Lunch & Soft Drinks $400 up to 4 persons.