Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica
Gateway to Corcovado National Park
Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica is the largest town on the Osa Peninsula and lies on the shore of the Golfo Dulce. Despite being the largest town, Puerto Jimenez is still small, and once you head south of Port Jim (as it's called by the local gringos) you enter truly rural country. This means there is no public electricity and there are no telephones beyond this town, so consider Puerto Jimenez the last place where you can make phone calls, send emails, get cash from an ATM, or stock up on supplies prior to heading south toward the remote town of Carate.
Puerto Jimenez has a laid-back funky feel, and is popular amongst the backpacking set as well as surfers looking to explore some of the point breaks to the south. The town is growing and has a number of interesting eateries and accommodations for those spending some time here.
The main draw for Puerto Jimenez is it's access to Corcovado National Park via two trailheads - more easily accessed than the one in Drake Bay. There are a number of different outfitters in town that can set you up on an excursion into the park to experience its wealth of biodiversity.
Though its role is mostly a jumping off point for Corcovado, there are plenty of things to see and do in the area surrounding Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica. If you're looking to take a dip, check out Playa Plantares just 5km south of the airport. It's a long, sandy beach with warm, vibrant green waters suitable for swimming. Five types of sea turtles lay their eggs on this beach, and there's even a turtle vivero (hatchery) here. Nocturnal turtle tours can be set up if you want to see mama turtles in action.
There are various other activities available through a handful of tour companies in town including horseback riding, snorkeling, waterfall rappelling, gold mining, surfing trips, mangrove kayaking ATVs, tree climbing, and zipline canopy tours. Bird watching is also world class here on the Osa Peninsula.
Another major draw for Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica is sport fishing. In the waters of the Golfo Dulce and out into the Pacific you'll find tuna, billfish, snapper, and snook for most of the year. The best offshore fishing for billfish is generally between December and April, which June and July are the slowest fishing months for all species.
Getting to Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica
Both Nature Air and SANSA offer daily flights to Puerto Jimenez. For private flights, Alfa Romeo Aero Taxi has a location at the airfield.
The bus company Transportes Blanco-Robo leaves San Jose for Puerto Jimenez from Calle 12, Avenidas 7/9 every day at noon. The trip is 8 hours and costs around $8.
If you're in Golfito, you can take a water-taxi, or lancha. From Golfito lanchas depart daily from the dock at 6am, 11am, and 3pm. Return trips leave Puerto Jimenez at 6am, 8:45am, 11am, and 2pm. The ride lasts 90min and costs $6. Private boat rides can be had for about $8.
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