Puerto Jimenez and Carate Beach are located on the eastern and southern (Respectively) shore of Osa Peninsula, can be considered the main gateway to Corcovado National Park. It sits on the shores of Golfo Dulce and offers several lodging options as well as plenty tourist activities.
Puerto Jimenez is a great base from which to explore the marvellous natural attractions of Osa Peninsula. The town also features an airport that sits in the middle of the local verdant vegetation. Regular flights to/from San José take approximately one hour, making this the preferred way to get to Puerto Jimenez for many travellers.
Although the town’s main economic activity is certainly tourism, there is still a strong tradition of cattle raising as well as rice and African palm plantations in the area. Because of its unique weather and topography, Puerto Jimenez is one of the few places in the world where a rice crop can be harvested three times a year.
Carate on the other hand is the entrance -or exit- to the Corcovado National Park on its southern area.
- Nonetheless, the main reason why visitors come to Puerto Jimenez is Corcovado National Park. The town is the park’s administrative centre, making it an ideal place to stop and get more information about Corcovado. The closest park entrance is La Leona (just south of Carate village), located around a 1 hour drive from Puerto Jimenez.
- Another nearby attraction to Puerto Jimenez is Matapalo Cape, a mainly unexplored village with excellent surf and boasting the pervasive feel of seclusion that characterizes Osa Peninsula. On the road to Matapalo travellers can also discover Tamales Beach and Sombrero Beach, white sandy beaches that feature sparkling blue waters.
- Golfo Dulce is as well one of Costa Rica most hidden and amazing wonders, with huge bottle nosed dolphins schools, hunchback whales groups, a fantastic wildlife rescue center and the wonderful Orquideas Botanical Garden.
- Among the activities visitors can enjoy while in Puerto Jimenez you can find world class sports fishing, mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, rainforest hikes, scuba diving expeditions, whale/dolphin watching tours, sunset cruises, and much more
Sunny season from November to May
Rainy season from June to October.
Usually, in the rainy season it only rains in the afternoons