The South Pacific Coast
The southern area is still largely untouched by any big developments although this will change as the roads are also being improved here, as you leave the central pacific are Quepos and Manuel Antonio you will drive south and come cone across some stunning scenery taking you towards Dominical where the mountains meet the sea.
Here you will also find good surfing but don’t expect the level of services in this southern zone that you will find in Jaco and Quepos. Then further south you will find the Osa peninsula and Golfito wher some people still pan for gold. The main arks in this area are the Corcovado natural reserve which has incredible bio diversity and still has cougars. There are over four hundred recorded bird species in this park and one hundred and twenty reptile species so watch out.
Lots of rain in Osa especially in green season. The forest here is really amazing and one of biggest remaining in Central America.
The Golfito area was once the Banana capital of the country until the companies pulled out in the 70,s. Now it is favored by boaters with a marina in planning for Golfo dulce. Also has a duty free area where locals can shop without tax to a certain limit. Regular flights to this area from San Jose (40 mins). Driving gets tougher in some parts of Osa and in rainy season is 4x4 country only.
Great beaches throughout the area but watch out for riptides which are often not posted.