GOLFO DULCE TROPICAL FJORD
WHALE HERITAGE AREA
BENEATH THE SURFACE
OSA PENINSULA COSTA RICA
THE GOLFO DULCE
A TROPICAL FJORD
GOLFO DULCE ACTIVITIES
ENJOYING THE FRESH WATER
ENJOY GOLFO DULCE
THE SWEET GULF
The Golfo Dulce Osa Peninsula is a true bio-gem!
ESCAPE TO THE NATURAL WORLD
The Golfo Dulce Osa Peninsula is a remarkable tropical fjord renowned for its pristine beauty. Nestled amidst lush mountainous rainforests and mangrove wetlands, this gulf stretches approximately 50 km in length. To access the far shore, a boat journey of nearly half an hour covering 15 km is required.
One of the most extraordinary features of Golfo Dulce is that it serves as the exclusive meeting point for the migration routes of whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres. Here, these majestic creatures choose to give birth to their young, finding a safe sanctuary for their calves. The gulf provides a unique and crucial habitat for these marine wonders, creating a harmonious environment for their nurturing.
In addition to the captivating whale presence, Golfo Dulce Osa Peninsula is a haven for whale sharks, along with a rich variety of resident dolphins and over 25 different species of whales. Whether migrating through the area or residing here permanently, these marine inhabitants contribute to the region’s thriving biodiversity.
For nature enthusiasts and adventurers, the lush rainforests encircling Golfo Dulce offer an alluring invitation. Hiking and wildlife watching are popular activities, granting visitors the opportunity to witness the area’s astonishing flora and fauna. Exploring the rivers and mangroves flowing into the gulf is yet another captivating experience awaiting those who venture into this natural wonderland.
Driest Month – March
Wettest Month – October
The Golfo Dulce, despite its breathtaking beauty and ecological significance, retains its unspoiled and secluded charm, making it a hidden gem off the beaten path. Preserved and safeguarded by the Piedras Blancas National Park, the area strictly adheres to regulations to maintain its natural allure for generations to come.
For those seeking an authentic encounter with Costa Rica’s natural wonders, Golfo Dulce is an absolute must-visit destination. Its captivating landscapes, teeming wildlife, and immaculate waters create an idyllic paradise that promises unforgettable experiences.
JUST THE FACTS
Golfo Dulce Osa Peninsula
Marine Area of Responsible Fishing (MARP). It is illegal for anyone but scientific researchers to swim with whales or dolphins in protected Costa Rican waters. Caution zone: a distance of between 150 metres and 200 metres from cetaceans of more than 5m in length, and between 50 metres and 150 metres from cetaceans less than 5m in length. In the caution zone, vessels must travel at a constant slow speed and leave a negligible wake. Keep a respectful distance.
Marine Regulations are managed by SINAC (National System of Conservation Areas) and is part of the Ministry of Environment and Energy or MINAE of Costa Rica. www.sinac.go.cr/EN-US/Pages/default.aspx
Whale migration to Golfo Dulce from late December to early April, and from July to November.
Certified Guides are managed by ICT (The Costa Rican Tourism Board).
You can ask Sinac for a list of current ‘Certified Tour Guides’ – firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO ENJOY THE GOLFO DULCE
Where to begin…
From the little village of Puerto Jimenez, which is on the Golfo Dulce, you can swim, kayak, paddle board, fish, or take a boat tour out into the warm tropical waters to explore.
Boat tours: depart public pier on average at 7:30am and return at 1pm. The highlights are swimming in this beautiful body of water, whale watching in season, and the dolphin discovery. BOAT TOURS OF THE GOLFO DULCE
Puerto Jimenez kayak/paddle board rentals and tours:
Swimming: ask your accommodation about the local swimming conditions.
Playa Puerto Jimenez – mingle with the locals at a popular beach bar serving everything from margaritas to fish tacos. An absolutely perfect spot for children as the calm shallow waters are safe and fun.
Puntarenitas – directly across from Crocodile Bay pier you will find a beautiful beach featuring soft sand. Great for paddle boarding, fishing, or to simply enjoy the peace and tranquility that this represents. Come and take a secluded walk for miles without ever seeing a single sole.
Surf lessons and rentals: best to book your lessons and rentals through your accommodation.
Check out the beaches around the Golfo Dulce – www.osatourism.com/beaches/
THE GOLFO DULCE OSA PENINSULA IS A TRUE BIO-GEM
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