Golfito attractions like Osa Wildlife Sanctuary, is an amazing option and opportunity for wildlife lovers from around the world. 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. This sanctuary with it's dedicated founder, local staff and once in a while, a lucky
volunteer 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 45-60 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 )
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary is open daily from 8am - 12pm, by appointment only.
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*Important: The prizes can change
When you live in an area as rich in marine life as Golfito, you might see a day on the water as 'serious business'.... Well, 'half serious business' anyway! There's often a practical goal to getting out on the water for many of us - We're planning to bring home dinner! Join one of the local boys aboard his well equipped panga-boat, the "Jet Sea" and enjoy a half a day of fishing all around the gulf. Try your luck between mangroves and at the river mouths among his 'secret hot spots'. Your captain, "Bolita", will take you where the fish live. Snapper, Mackerel, Mahi-Mahi and Tuna are typical catch amongst others.
Next door to our dock, Banana Bay will happily cook your catch for you.
$75 per guest ~ Free transportation up to the jungle canopy for groups of 5 or more.!
What to Take?
Comfortable walking shoes you can get wet, swimming suit, towel, bug repellent, sun screen and your camera.
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 Golfo 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. Robert has been a "king of the delicious fruit, Mamon Chino King, since 1980". Other tropical fruits you might get a chance to sample include: South American zapote, bread nut, peach palm, cassava, sugar cane and cacao.