Known for its exquisite wildlife, lush jungles and secluded beaches, the remote Osa Peninsula has long been calling my name. It’s quite amazing to visit a place that is still relatively untouched, and it made my nature loving, adventure craving heart sing. I cannot recommend it enough.
After our time in Drakes Bay, we headed to the southern pacific coast of the Osa Peninsula, to a Lodge in Puerto Jiminez on the Golfo Dulce. And guys, it was take your breath away incredible. We glimpsed our first view of the beach through the palm trees and laughed with delight.
Where to Stay: Iguana Lodge. Set in the heart of the jungle, this eco lodge was wonderful. We loved every second. Amazing wildlife, gorgeous jungle pool and restaurant, delish fresh food, beautiful open air bungalow, thoughtful, eclectic touches everywhere.
This is the type of vacation where the balmy days melt into one another in a haze of sun glittering on sea, squawks of macaws, palm trees swaying, and fresh fruit drinks. There is no need to plan an activity, but rather breathe in your surroundings, enjoy the exquisite wildlife, laze in the hammocks, fully disconnect from real life and enjoy the wildness of the jungle.
How To Spend Your Days in the Osa Peninsula:
The Osa Pensinsula in March is balmy, borderline sweltering. Wake up EARLY each day for sunrise and to spot macaws soaring overhead in pairs. Take a swim if you dare (those waves are big), or gently sway in the brightly colored hammocks with a book and perfect view. Listen to the thundering sound of the howler monkeys call and take off trying to find which tree they are playing in.
Head to breakfast in the jungle – homemade baked goods and made to order specials are included with your stay at the Iguana Lodge. Try the cinnamon buns, banana muffins and mango scones lightly dusted with glistening crystallized sugar. (These were my absolute favorite). Sample the fresh pineapple and mango, all grown on property, or the made-to-order veggie omelettes.
Pet Cece, the resident massive Irish wolfhound as he pads around the resort on silent feet and rests his massive noggin in your lap, golden eyes staring into your soul.
Return to the beach to sway in the hammocks, listen to the waves and read more of your book before the weather gets really warm. Listen for the tell tale squeak of parrots or SQUAWK of the macaws.
Take a dip in the sea salt pool, and breathe in the cacophonous jungle sounds. We spent languorous afternoons by the pool, reading books and watching howler monkeys play in the trees.
Head to the the gorgeous, airy, onsite restaurant for fresh seafood and pineapple/mango daiquiris. We just drank them constantly. The view from the restaurant was so staggeringly gorgeous, we spent quite a bit of time enjoying the balmy breeze off the sea, sipping daiquiris and basking in the view. Grab a shrimp salad or avo/orange/hearts of palm salad. Head back to your cabina for books and/or a nap. The afternoon heat this time of year gets so sweltering you will either want to be in the pool, or taking a nap. Probably both.
The lodge upgraded us to an open air bungalow and we were so thrilled we took full advantage of it! Sit on your deck and listen as the jungle sounds come alive at twilight, like a siren’s call captivating you to drop everything and listen. Macaws squawk in the distance, howler monkeys make their presence known, and on our last evening a troupe of squirrel monkeys stopped by to say hello!
Head to the Beach BBQ Sunset Dinner: Yes this was just as magical as is sounds. We arrived promptly at the beach at 5pm, and chose our candle lit table. We watched pelicans surf the waves. We feasted on pineapple carrot slaw (yesss), sweet potato pepper salad, greens with avo, plums, carmelized onions and candied walnuts. The lodge also served pulled pork and cornbread. As the sky turned from cerulean to violet to pink to yellow, we sipped our Argentinian Sav Blanc, and toasted the Osa Peninsula.
Stroll out to the beach and watch the sky fill with stars while an orange moon rises. Yep, I said orange moon. Brad & I love a good star gazing, and the only place I have ever seen stars this amazing was at Young Lakes, Yosemite on a backpacking trip.
Other amazing dinners: Mahi mahi in garlic butter, served with pineapple carrot slaw, fries and a Chilean Sav Blanc. I’m always interested to find out from where different countries import their wines. Costa Rica offered quite a few Argentinean and Chilean wines.
IF YOU GO…
GETTING THERE: We took a 4X4 cab arranged by our hotel from Drake’s Bay to Puerto Jiminez. Most of the road was unpaved and intensely bumpy. For the return trip we took a prop plane to the San Jose Airport that was, let’s just say not for the faint of heart. Thank GOD for my Scopolamine patch. One very cool scene – as we while waiting for our plane we saw about twenty Scarlett Macaws exploding out of the surrounding jungle, squawking and flying overhead. It was absolutely amazing. I like to think they were saying goodbye. It happened so quickly we did not get a video, but I will remember it forever.
GETTING AROUND: The Iguana lodge is so remote that we spent all of our time exploring the beach and surrounding jungle. It was fab. You can take a taxi to town for $15 each way, if you would like. You can also take a tour to Matapalo which is meant to have fabulous wildlife.
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Final thoughts: The Osa Peninsula is a wondrous, gorgeous, awe inspiring place. I cannot recommend it enough. It’s quite amazing to visit a place that is still relatively untouched, and it made my nature loving, adventure craving heart sing. The Iguana lodge was a special place with it’s almost deserted beach, wildlife, jungle casitas and unique touches, I know that we will visit again again and again. Next up on the blog – One Week in La Fortuna, Costa Rica – Volanoes, hot springs and wildlife galore!