7 of the Top Things to Do in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Puerto Jimenez is a small town that can be found in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. This 700 people town is really close to attractions like the country’s highest mountain and is the perfect place to go sport fishing because of the biodiversity of the place.

By the way, did you know that the Osa Peninsula is home to Costa Rica’s largest portion of preserved land in national parks and other reserves? So get ready for lots of wildlife watching. In the region, you can also find Pavones which one of the longest left surf breaks in the world, and Corcovado National Park, one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. You will find everything from luxury tours to cheap Costa Rica vacation packages. There is something for everyone in this area!

Sport Fishing and catching a rooster fish in Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica

Staying in Puerto Viejo is your best option if you are going to visit all of the major attractions of the area. My favorite things to do while staying here are visiting the Corcovado National Park, going spot fishing with friends and family, taking a relaxing walk in the town, and on the beach. In the afternoon, there is nothing better than relaxing with a cocktail by the beach after a long day of adventure.

7 Things To Do in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

1. Hike Corcovado National Park

Corcovado is one of the most biologically intense places in the world. It has a crazy high number of different animal and plant species living in it. So it is definitely worth visiting the park and experiencing its trails if you are ever in the area. The entrance is $15 per person, and you will need a permit to get in.

2. Spend a day bird and wildlife watching

Even if you aren’t within the Corcovado park, you will still be able to find animals like monkeys and colorful birds going around, especially if you go just outside any town or village from the region.

3. Kayak in the estuaries of Rio Platanares

This is yet another way to have fun and see local wildlife in a more relaxed way. Currents aren’t strong here so you will be safe while paddling around this gorgeous river.  Bird watchers usually love these tours because there is no engine noise from a boat that might scare away the birds. The cost of a kayaking tour is around $60.

4. Take a one-day or multi-day sportfishing charter boat

Amazing companies in the area will take you out on the water in search of some of the local species. Some of them include Roosterfish, some Snapper species, Grouper, all kinds of Jack, Mackerel, Snook, Shark, and Barracuda, to name a few.

I would definitely recommend multiday tours but if you are short of time a one day tour can also be amazing.

5. Join a dolphin and whale watching tour

If you don’t enjoy fishing but want to go out on a boat tour, make sure you are there during the whale and dolphin season so that you can get a few fud companions along with your boat while exploring the coast. The whale and dolphin season lasts 8 months of the year so you might be there right on time.

6. Snorkel and dive

Those boat tours that will allow you to see the whales or go fishing will also take you to amazing snorkel or dive sites for a fun day in the water, exploring the local underwater world.

7. Chill on the beach

There isn’t much to say about this but with so many other adventures to be had in the area, we might have a hard time at just taking a day to chill at the beach. So make sure you plan some time to relax at the beach.

a women is fishing in puerto jimenez costa rica

Now that you know about the popular activities and tours of the area I’m sure you will be able to have an easier planning process for your vacation in Costa Rica.

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7 of the Top Things to Do in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Last Updated on May 15, 2023

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