Costa Rica’s Best Beach? – The Virgin Beaches of the Osa Peninsula

If Costa Rica and the Pura Vida way of life is on your travel list, make sure your visit includes time in the Osa Penninsula. On my first trip, to Costa Rica  (my travel sabbatical) I didn’t get a chance to visit this remote spot teeming with wildlife, but on my most recent trip I found myself spending three days at the El Remanso Lodge and its private reserve adjacent to Corcovado National Park.

I spotted loads of wildlife including the beautiful Scarlet Macaw, yet my most lasting memory, the beach. Definitely one of the (if not the) best beaches I’ve had the pleasure to visit and spend the day.

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leaving just footprints

Access the beach via the trail head at the lodge which takes roughly 20 minutes down (definitely longer on the way up), but it is SO worth every step. After your first footfall on the dark volcanic sand and you take in views of no one (or nothing) for miles – you’ll be in love with this virgin beach too. Take a look.

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Where is the Osa Penninsula?map of the osa peninsula from a guide book

Well, it is in the southwest corner of Costa Rica. Yes, that is the sunset side (sunset from the Osa Peninsula), close to the Panama border.

Why Visit the Osa Penninsula?

There are places and moments during travel that you never forget. Times when you connect with something bigger than a place, but truly connect with earth. Whether its the primary forest, the biodiversity, or the pristine volcanic sand beaches, the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica is that type of place.

Stay adventurous, Craig

Special thanks to Visit Costa Rica and my invite through the Gift of Happiness project. I was quite happy here.  Also, a special thanks to Francesca of The Working Mom’s Travels for providing the map photo.


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  • Maryann

    What an absolutely beautiful beach. Great photos.

    • craig zabransky

      Maryann, I am not even sure if the photos give it justice… it was that beautiful. Thanks. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • TripsByLance

    seriously great photos. I haven’t been to Costa Rica. This, plus your post from 2010 makes it quite enticing.

    • craig zabransky

      Thanks Lance, I appreciate it. Costa Rica is definitely worth the journey. Put it on your list. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • Francesca

    You know how I feel about Osa. It’s one of the most amazing places I’ve ever traveled to and I hope to get back one day. The secluded beaches are a major draw. Oh, and the fact that it’s going to be -2F here tomorrow. *sigh* Pura vida.

    • craig zabransky

      I know. #StayOSA. The place is truly one of those places. I truly reconnected with earth there… sometimes I can lose that connection in the urban jungle of NYC…but the Osa Peninsula is strong with the force… a must visit when traveling to Costa Rica. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • Traveling Ted

    Could you swim on this beach? I visited Corcovado and the beach inside the park was teaming with bull sharks and crocodiles. Love the sand mural. That is a bonafide #TBHoF technique.

    • craig zabransky

      Great question Ted. It was not recommended because of the current, which was strong indeed (I did test it slightly). Plus I guess there is no one to rescue any tourists if something does happen.

      The Crocs were a kilometer or more down the beach and on the other side of a sizeable lagoon. I was told they were not a threat unless you get real close to the other side of the lagoon. I didn’t.

      As for the mural, you may see the photo hanging on a wall in Chiang Mai one day.
      Stay TBHoF, Craig

  • lola

    i’ve only heard the best things about Costa Rica and am thinking it’s high time to get it #Lolafied. after all, i do enjoy surfing and hear the surf camps are the bomb there.

    • craig zabransky

      you enjoy surfing or the surfers? Either way, yes, I recommend Costa Rica… plenty of locations to “Lolafy” too. stay adventurous, Craig

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