Palmar del Sur is a small riverside town in the South Pacific coast of Puntarenas, 160 miles south from San Jose. It is located alongside the Sierpe River Delta, in the Diques Valley. It has a domestic landing strip where flights come from San Jose and Liberia with tourists who want to visit Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park in their Costa Rica vacations.
Palmar del Sur is an important riverside town, home to the largest swamp mangroves in the world. The great biodiversity and easy access to wildlife make it ideal to spend a day or two while traveling to other southern regions of Puntarenas. You can enjoy the beautiful river landscapes in one of the many restaurants and Costa Rica hotels in town.
In Palmar del Sur you can find mystical granite spheres dating from the pre-columbian period of Costa Rica, which you can visit while staying there. Some of these spheres weight over 10 tons and the smallest ones are the size of a basketball.
Palmar del Sur and its twin town Palmar del Norte are divided by the Terraba River, and it is the only town in the area worth visiting for touristic purposes. There are daily domestic flights, and you can take a water taxi from there to Sierpe or Drake Bay, or start a Costa Rica surfing trip to Pavones or Matapalo. There is a church, school and some services in Palmar Sur. The weather in Palmar del Sur is hot and humid during all the year, as in the rest of the souther pacific area.
To get to Palmar Sur, you can drive from San Jose using the Costanera Highway or the Pan American Highway, in a 5 or 6 hour drive. The other way is to catch a 40-minute flight from the Juan Santamaria International Airport.
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