Carate, the gateway to Corcovado National Park,
is at the end of the road approximately
one and a half hours ride by car or 7 minutes by air
charter from the town of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula. Click here for a map of Costa Rica. |
When you arrive in Carate on the far western side of the "Osa
Peninsula", you are at the true frontier of this land, the
wildest and most remote region on the mainland. The Natural Beauty of this area is indescribable, with verdant ridges full
of monkeys and scarlet macaws. In fact, this area has the highest
concentration of breeding scarlet macaws in the world!
Carate Is the Primary Entry Point to "Corcovado National Park" See How To Get Here..
The lavish ridges cascade down to the wide sand beach with
nothing but driftwood and coconut shells on it for miles on end.
The airstrip and the road end at exactly the same spot at the
Carate River. No matter how you get here the deserted
sandy beaches with tall palms full of coconuts,
and almond trees full of scarlet
macaws, and unridden waves peeling offshore almost
every day of the year, will be waiting patiently for you.
The "Peninsula de Osa" is located in the extreme
south western corner of Costa Rica, directly west of "Golfito"
on the "Golfo Dulce". (Map of Costa Rica) It's home to the world renowned
"Corcovado National Park" which contains approximately
3/5's of the peninsula's land mass. This is the largest
remaining protected tract of "Pacific Coast Rain
Forest" left in the Western Hemisphere!
| This coati was spotted right next to the deck
The wildlife here is absolutely extraordinary, the plant life more
diverse than you will find anywhere in the world, and the
butterflies, other insects and birds will just blow you away.
There is a ridge of large hills that run down the center of
the peninsula offering spectacular views not only of the wide
open "Pacific Ocean", but also of the calmer "Golfo Dulce".
June 1 - November 30: Green Season is the turtle season with lots of moms laying eggs lots of babies hatching.. lots of wonderful lil rain frogs in the garden and we can get lots of rain too.. muddy rivers- the roads have pot holes - travel is slow - the rainiest months are Oct. and Nov. and some people really enjoy the rainy season, but if rain is an issue for you please check our weather page to choose the best time to suit your taste - visit us and enjoy this unusual season, its beautiful.
These hills are the sources of the many
pristine rivers that flow to the "Pacific" or "Golfo Dulce"
and are just loaded with giant river shrimp, known locally as
Some of the best Marlin, Sailfish and Tuna are
caught within 15 miles of our shores. There are also a number
of good places with consistent surf breaks.
The virgin beaches are fantastic, wild, and there's hardly ever anyone on them.
And luckily, with constant fresh tropical breezes, we have very few biting insects.
The main town of the peninsula,
"Puerto Jimenez" offers the infrastructure, (bank, post
office, telecommunications, airport, port and bus depot)
necessary to engage in vacation pastimes as well as pursuing
There are a variety of bars and
restaurants which offer good value for the money, as well as an
interesting night life. The peninsula has managed to maintain
it's cultural integrity and individuality; while at the same
time welcoming visitors graciously.