South Pacific

The most exhuberant place on earth

The entrance door and distribution main center is Pérez Zeledón’s city, its limit extends through the canton’s edge, including the Fila Tinamastes attractions, such as the Cataratas of Nauyaca (waterfalls), Platanillo town and even the Barú River, where the coastal sector, that extends to Punta Burica with a total of 490 km, initiates.

The main activities include beach enjoyment and marine resources, such as whales and dolphin’s observation, as well as mangrove swamp’s, landscapes, reptilian, sport fishing, surfing, hiking through the National Park’s paths, professional diving, the energetic walks to the Chirripo’s summit, botanical gardens, protected areas’ impressive waterfalls… they are all part of the main product offered by the touristic unit that can be reached through this information bureau. Ecotourism features as the main product, especially the one that is carried out among the Humedal Sierpe-Térraba; the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, the Ballena Marine National Park, the Isla del Caño Biological Preserve and the Corcovado National Park.

The beach’s tourism possesses a wide potential in the coastal sector of Dominical-Piñuela; Platanares Beach; Zancudo and Pavones. The mountain’s product identifies itself in the Cordillera de Talamanca’s Mountain subunit, where San Gerardo de Rivas and San Vito of Coto Brus stand out as access centers to Chirripó National Park and the Friendship World Patrimony site.

Additionally, there is a high potential in the rural tourism development, in country settlements distributed along the region. Two important protected areas are located in this zone, one is the Corcovado National Park, which National Geographic Magazine defines as “the planet’s biologically richest place” and the Humanity Biosphere Preserve, declared as Humanity Patrimony and part of the Amistad International Park.

The main product is ecotourism, especially in:

  • Sierpe-Térraba Wetlands
  • Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve
  • Marino Ballena National Park
  • Isla del Caño Biological Reserve
  • Corcovado National Park

Beach tourism has a large potential in the coastal area of:

  • Dominical-Piñuela
  • Platanares Beach
  • Zancudo and Pavones

The product of mountainous areas is identified by the subunit of the Talamanca mountain range, where San Gerardo de Rivas and San Vito de Coto Brus provide access to the Chirripó National Park and La Amistad World Heritage Site.

Did You Know...

Sport fishing can be enjoyed without hassle due to the richness of the Golfo Dulce and several sites or communities that provide services in a sustainable and responsible manner, including: Puerto Jiménez, Golfito and Zancudo.

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