Puerto Jimenez, a colorful town, is situated on the Osa Peninsula’s southeastern coast. Nestled adjacent to the rich waters of the Golfo Dulce, this town is the primary jumping off point for the Corcovado National Park. This laidback town has plenty of hotels and activities to offer as well as being favorably located. With its brightly painted buildings, inspiring wildlife and pristine beaches, this quiet coastal town attracts backpackers, animal lovers and eco-tourists. Its humid rainforests and area’s mangrove swamps are home to myriad fauna including white faced monkeys, scarlet macaws, caiman and ocelots.
Getting to Puerto Jimenez:
You can choose one of the two primary ways to get Puerto Jimenez-one is to drive and another one is to take a domestic flight or small plane.
In Puerto Jimenez, there is a small airport serviced by Sansa, Travel air/Nature Air. From San Jose to Puerto Jimenez these flights run once or twice daily and it costs around $130.
From San Jose, buses leave daily and pass through San Isidro de El General where you can also get on. You can take bus 699 from San Jose at 6 am or 12 noon and you will reach Puerto Jimenez within 10 hours. You can also choose 612 to Golfito that will take 8 hours and leaves at 7am and 3pm.
Boat to/from Golfito:
From Golfito, at 8a.m. and 11a.m., the collective boat or ‘slow boat’ departs for Puerto Jimenez and it costs $4. It is recommended to verify the departure schedule the night before as it is changed frequently. It is also advisable to arrive early and to have patience as the boat does not always leave in time and you might run behind schedule. At 6a.m and 11:30p.m., the boat departs the Puerto Jimenez dock for Golfito and it costs $4. If you choose private speedboats, it can be charges for about $50.
From San Jose, you will find two ways to get to Puerto Jimenez by car.
Situated within one minute walking distance from the beach, Agua Dulce is a beachfront property. It is featured with accommodations with plenty of natural light and provides air conditioning, private bathrooms with a shower. Some rooms have a sea view. It has an on-site restaurant specialized in typical local cuisine and also serves International style dishes. This property also offers free breakfast, a hot tub, a bar, free WiFi access, free parking.
Call: 506-8310 6304
Situated on a quiet street at the edge of Puerto Jimenez, directly on the Golfo Dulce, on the Osa Peninsula, Cabinas Jimenez offers many beautiful Cabinas including pool side rooms, standard Cabina, bungalows, waterfront Cabinas, Bungalows, and the beautiful Ranchos. You will find air conditioner, hot shower, coffee makers, and also mini-fridge. This property provides free wireless internet, bicycles, and kayaks.
Call: (506) 2735-5090
Crocdile Bay Resort:
One of the premiere sports fishing and eco-resort Crocodile Bay Resort provides deluxe suite boasting an in-room Jacuzzi. In all the rooms you will find air conditioner, iron board, in-room outlets, coffee maker, safe and a alarm clock. Standard rooms feature white tiled floors, two comfortable queen size beds and its own patio space. At this all-inclusive resort you will get to feast times a day.
Encanta La Vida:
It is an unique jungle beach lodge located 11 miles south of Puerto Jimenez. It provides a family-like environment. It provides five cabanas which are made from local hard woods. It features nine rooms including solar-powered lights, a safe for your belongings, fans, and mosquito nets. There is also Casona rooms with a large veranda with hammocks and rocking chairs, “Deluxe”, tucked into the forest and surrounded by gardens that provides more privacy. This hotel serves scrumptious breakfast, a one-course lunch and a three-course dinner.
Iguana Lodge, a cool, contemporary tropical beachfront resort set in the remote jungles of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. The property provides nice casitas and rooms. This 15 acre beachfront resort is surrounded by amazing nature. It has two award-winning restaurants which serve edgy, modern fresh cuisine. It also features two world class yoga studios, 55 foot chemical free pool and lounging hot tub, jungle spa and many more.
Call: 506 / 8829-5865
506 / 8848-0752
This lodge is situated in a 1000-acre private nature reserve near Cabo Matapalo. It is situated about 45 minutes south of the town. It is featured with 17 private bungalows from where you can enjoy amazing views of the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce get connected to the Pacific Ocean. In some rooms you will find a seating area and in some other a terrace or patio. All the rooms are featured with a bath or shower. It also features an outdoor pool.
Call: + (506) 2735-5130/ 2735-5281
Las Islas Lodge:
Situated 1 km from Puerto Jimenez, Las Islas Lodge is a property that specializes in sports fishing. Its rooms are surrounded by a lush garden and featured with a full bathroom with shower and free toiletries. In some of the unites you will also find fridge. At this lodge you will also have free WiFi.
La Chosa del Manglar:
This property is set within 5 minutes walking distance from the beach. Its accommodations are featured with terrace or a porch, private bathroom including showers and towels. All the rooms overlooks amazing river views or garden views. This property also feature well-equipped common kitchen and tropical hardwood bar, seating and dining area, outdoor barbecue facilities. Its facilities also include WiFi access, a shared lounge, a tour desk, luggage storage and free parking.
Call: 506 2735 5002
This is decoarated with bamboo stick curtains, red-cedar-bark counter, wooden tables and an outdoor patio. It serves flavorsome dishes which are prepared with locally collected cheeses, eggs and limes and other ingredient. For breakfast it serves Pinto con Huevos, rice, scrambles eggs and beans seasoned with cilantro, bell pepper and onion and toast with butter. You can also choose continental breakfast including toasts, eggs and a bowl of mixed fruit. It also serves a smooth cappuccino.
Call: +506 2735 5051
It is an open air restaurant, set a few feet away from the Golfo Dulce waters. It is considered as one of the best places to grab some fresh seafood brought in from the Golfito and Puntarenas ports. It also serves the imported T-bone steak with vegetables and mashed potatoes. You can also try blusters mahi mahi, octopus, calamari, clam on a bed of lettuce soaked in lemon and lime juice and mixed with onions, red peppers and cilantro.
Call: +506 2735 5659
Pizza Mail it:
At this place you will enjoy witnessing your meals being prepared. You can enjoy different Italian dishes like soft and chewy pasta, Parmesan cheese, juicy tomatoes, spicy meat, delicious pizzas and also a pineapple and basil drink.
Call: +506 2735 5483
Bay of Puerto Jimenez:
With its clean, shallow waters around the Puerto Jimenez, this place is ideal for swimming and kayaking.
From Puerto Jimenez you can reach Cabo Matapalo within one hour by car. It is situate on the southernmost tip of the Osa Peninsula. This place has amazing natural beauty and wild-life-boasting nearly as much diversity as Corcovado National Park. Playa Cabo Matapalo is a quiet, rocky beach hard to enter at low tide.
Playa Preciosa (Playa Platanares):
If you are looking for more secluded beach, you visit Playa Platanares that is in the south of Puerto Jimenez town. this place can be reached by driving or walking. Its playful waves are perfect for surfing and bodysurfing. You can also enjoy some tranquil time seating under shady palm trees or enjoy walking along its long stretch of fluffy sand.
National Parks, Reserves & Wildlife Refuges:
Corcovado National Park:
It is considered as one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. It is home to about 140 mammals, 367 species of birds, 46 amphibians, 71 reptiles and 40 freshwater fishes and many more. To enter the park, La Leona ranger is the only reasonably accessible entrance from Puerto Jimenez.
Piedras Blancas National Park:
This park is situated on the Golfo Dulce, in the small village of La Gamba. From Puerto Jimenez, it takes roughly an hour by boat to reach this place. There are different species of plants and wild life. Over 300 bird species inhabit the zone.
Playa Platanares Refuge:
This refuge is located just a few miles outside of Puerto Jimenez. It is composed of an estuary and a network of rich mangroves. At this place you will find the hike is short, flat and suitable for almost anyone. This area is amazing for night walking.
Farms and Botanical Gardens:
Casa Orquideas is situated within a short 25 minute boat ride distance from Puerto Jimenez. This place is a great place for the bird watchers. 100 species of birds are attracted to this park’s heliconias, orchids, bromeliads and slew of edible plants.
From Puerto Jimenez, this farm is about a half an hour west. There you can see how cacao is harvested and processed into delicious organic chocolate. This sustainable farm is home to a number of wild animals including monkeys and sloths. During this tour you can enjoy chocolate cake, banana bread, pineapple and four types of bananas.
Herrera Gardens were conceptualized in 2000 primarily to entice local wildlife to utilize a stream running through the property. Composed of over 260 acres of secondary rainforest, this place can be reached by a short walk from downtown Puerto Jimenez.