Golfito is a fishing town located in the South Pacific area of Puntarenas, right in front the Osa Peninsula, across Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf). It is 200 miles south from San Jose, which is a 6 hour drive. I am in the middle of my Costa Rica vacations in the Pacific Coast, and I have been to Drake Bay, the Corcovado National Park, which is a great Costa Rica eco tour. I spent two days in Golfito before heading to Pavones, so keep reading and see what you can do here.
One of the new Costa Rica tourist attractions in Golfito is the eco-lodges. An Eco-lodge is a small Costa Rica hotel that blends seamlessly with nature, offering visitors the chance to be very close to the wildlife with minimal environmental impact. Most eco-lodges can be found north of the Piedras Blancas National Park, which you can access by boat in a 30-minute trip that will let you see the rich wildlife.
Golfito also is the door to great surfing spots that I wanted to reach in my Costa Rica surfing trip. Pavones and Cabo Matapalo are the most popular, located south of Golfito. The fastest way to get there if you are in San Jose or Liberia is to fly to the Golfito Airport and then take the road for a 90-minute drive.
Another well-known activity to practice in Golfito is sports fishing. There are many fishes, and the most popular species is the Pacific Sailfish. The best months for fishing are from November to May, but the fishing season is open all year around. Weather in Golfito is hot and humid during all year, and the town also has a Free Duty Zone, where costaricans go shopping during all the year due to the lower prices in appliances and liquors. There are cheap Costa Rica hotels in Golfito, so call your Costa Rica travel agency to book in advance.
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