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Top 10 Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Things to Do

The Osa Peninsula located in southwestern Costa Rica, is named by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth". Whether you will be spending One Day in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, a week, or a month like I did my third time in Costa Rica, your childlike wonder will be awakened again.

In 2016, I visited Costa Rica for the first time when we launched our global transformational retreats. When I decided to leave Atlanta, GA in 2020, I chose to travel to Costa Rica for my first stop on my travels to 7 Continents. I am so grateful I did!

After spending January to March 2021 in Costa Rica, I knew I still wanted to come back for more!

I ended up with a press trip to Costa Rica and digital marketing project in Osa Peninsula!

From the moment I arrived in Drake Bay, Costa Rica, I knew I made the right decision! I love how much incredible wildlife, adventure, and nature there is everywhere!

My Top 10 Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Things to Do includes Drake Bay, Cano Island, Sustainable Farm, Chocolate Making, Tropical Rainforest, Puerto Jimenez, Playa Preciosa, Travel Project, Canyoning, and Foodie Favorites!

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Top 10 Things to Do
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Top 10 Things to Do

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

According to Osa Conservation, Osa Peninsula has unparalleled biodiversity housing 2.5% of the biodiversity of the entire world – while covering less than a thousandth of a percent of its total surface area – earning its title as the most biological intense place on earth.

About 20 years after Christopher Columbus landed on the beach near Limon, explorer Gil Gonzales met a local tribal chief named Osa leading to the name of the peninsula.

Osa Peninsula Highlights

  • Significant wetland ecosystem and mangrove forests of Central America

  • Largest remaining tract of lowland rainforest in Pacific Mesoamerica

  • 2-3% of flora not found anywhere else int he world

  • 300+ endemic species of plants and vertebrates

  • Largest population of Scarlet Macaws in Central America

  • 4,000+ vascular plants

  • 10,000+ insects

  • 700+ species of trees

  • 400+ species of birds

  • 100+ mammals

  • 25+ species of dolphins and whales

  • 4 species of sea turtles

The Osa Peninsula is the closest place to access world famous Cano Island for snorkeling and spotting marine life.

I share fun facts, travel, and logistics in One Day in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

Puerto Jimenez Playa Preciosa

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Stay

I visited the Osa Peninsula from August 16 to September 9, 2021. I stayed at a sustainable farm nearby Puerto Jimenez for my visit to Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. From the moment I connected with the owner for a press trip in Costa Rica, I knew I made the right decision!

All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini or via Airbnb.

Osa Peninsula, Costa Ricain Under 60 Seconds

Yes, I spent about a month in the Osa Peninsula. At the same time, I may still condense the experience in under 60 seconds!

You are welcome!

Top 10 Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Things to Do

You will find so many things to do in Osa Peninsula. Although I've traveled to Costa Rica two times before, visiting the Osa Peninsula is a whole new adventure!

I loved everything from sunrise in Drake Bay, snorkeling in Cano, picking oranges and coconuts at a sustainable farm, picking cacao pods and chocolate making, visiting a tropical rainforest several times, exploring Puerto Jimenez and local beaches, working on digital marketing for travel brands, canyoning in nearby Golfito, and ceviche at Marisqueria Corcovado and other foodie favorites!

I am sharing what I experienced, logistics to consider in planning your visit, and insider information to save you time and money!

In putting together the Top 10 Osa Peninsula Things to Do, I considered how I would experience travels knowing what I know now to make it easy, efficient and enjoyable for you!

1 Drake Bay Sunrise and Sunsets

Drake Bay is a beautiful small town in the Osa Peninsula. It is a great place to start your visit in the southern part of Costa Rica.

You may decide to travel to Drake Bay via a boat from Sierpe at sunset, wake up early to experience sunrise at the beach, or both!

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Whether you spend One Day in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica or longer, sunrises and sunsets are a must!


2 Cano Island Snorkeling and/or Scuba

Where are my fellow adventure lovers at? A great adventure to have from Drake Bay is snorkeling at Cano Island when you travel to Osa Peninsula. The boat leaves right from the main beach.

During my Cano Island snorkeling adventure, I saw fish, turtles, and humpback whales! I am in awe walking in my own real-life National Geographic episodes!

Whales near Cano Island


3 Sustainable Farm Visits