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Golfito National Park

Golfito National Park

Golfito National Park

Heliconias
Heliconias

Golfito is a great place for fishing, real estate purchases and comfortable lodging in hotels near national parks in this southern town of Costa Rica.Golfito National Park is located on the Osa Peninsula, in the south of the province of Puntarenas, 210 miles (339) km from San Jose This is a region of the country that many people consider to be the most beautiful, and this is due to the nice weather in Golfito. The National park in Golfito Costa Rica covers an area of 6,943 acres, and was created in 1986, mainly to protect the water supply of the nearby town of Golfito, Costa Rica. It also serves to protect the animals and plants that are part of that ecosystem. There are some 400 species of trees, including the silk-cotton tree, butternut, purple heart, and the South American milk tree, which produces a drinkable white substance. In the undergrowth can be found colorful flowers, especially heliconias. The animals are just as abundant. There are 146 species of birds, such as the darter, roseate spoonbill, and scarlet macaw. Other animals that can be found are mammals like the white-nosed coati, collared peccary, and raccoon, and reptiles like crocodiles and a variety of snakes. There is walk up to the highest part of the refuge where there is a lookout point, and lucky people can sometimes catch a glimpse of the unique flora and fauna. Near the Golfito National Wildlife Refuge, there is a National Park called Piedras Blancas. Together, they form the southeastern side of the ecological arc that starts in Corcovado National Park, and surrounds Golfo Dulce. This park bustles with tall evergreen vegetation and exotic animals, including the 4 different types of Costa Rican monkeys. Visitors can walk on trails that lead throughout the lush rainforest.

Collared Peccary
Collared Peccary

The namesake of the refuge is the village of Golfito. It began to flourish in 1939 when the United Fruit Company moved their banana production to Golfito, Costa Rica, and it was considered the bridge from North America to South America. Many people from the United States lived and thrived there during this time, but in 1985, the company closed its doors after several worker strikes. In order to try to save the town’s economy, it was turned into a duty-free port. There you can purchase electronics, household appliances, and luxury goods. The process is a bit tedious, but some Costa Ricans find that the savings are worth it. The area is also becoming popular for sport fishing, and there are nice beaches around, like Playa Zancudo, that are great for swimming, windsurfing, and regular surfing. Another reason to visit Golfito National Park and Free trade zone is simply for the area’s historic value. Today you can find a part of town called Zona Americana where United Fruit Company’s administrative staff used to live. Today it houses mostly North American retirees. The cultural mix makes for an eclectic place to visit in Costa Rica.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

There are several options to get to Golfito and visit the Golfito Parks. You can rent a car and drive there (at one point, a ferry must be taken to cross the Golfo Dulce), take the bus that departs daily from San Jose or take one of several daily domestic flights that land in the local air strip, and then hire a taxi. There are small, quaint hotels in the area which offer very reasonable prices. They can be right in town near all of the activity, or on the beach with a great view of the ocean. Restaurants are equally varied. Try anything from pizza to “gallo pinto”, a traditional Costa Rican dish. If you are interested in visiting the area and enjoying all the diverse activities and scenery it has to offer, contact us and we will create a specialized tour package for Golfito National Park, Costa Rica, just for you.