Puerto Jiménez - Península de Osa
~ by Dagmar Reinhard
The city of Puerto Jimenez at the Osa Peninsula was a gold-mining center during the 70s; today, it has about 9,000 inhabitants.
It is located near the entrance of Golfo Dulce, and it is the southernmost port. It is the gateway to the Corcovado National Park (reservation at the MINAE office).
In Puerto Jimenez, there is much to see and to live, and the nightlife is lively. For adventure lovers, is possible to enjoy sport fishing tours, as well as hiking, rappelling, mountain biking, kayaking tours. Take your dolphin and whale watching tour on the beautiful Golfo Dulce (during migration seasons to the South Pacific Costa Rica).
If you prefer a quieter relaxed holiday, you can simply sit on the beach to see the most amazing sunsets.
Playa Juanito Morais worthy of special mention. The climate in the Osa Peninsula is tropical and humid, with temperatures up to 90 degrees Fº. The dry season goes from January to April and the wet season from October to December.
How to get there...
By road: From the Pan-American Highway to the south, in Chacarita turn right to Puerto Jimenez and La Palma. The paved road was recently completed.
By boat: From Golfito across the Golfo Dulce, the trip takes 1 1/2 hours; it only transports people.
By bus: Take the bus at Tracopa terminal (San José) to Palmar Norte, Chacarita to Puerto Jiménez.
By plane: Sansa and Nature Air have a direct flight; the flight time is less than an hour.