The South Pacific Coast

whale watching, beaches, and wildlife

The Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica is home to raw beautiful beaches, lush jungle, and an abundance of wildlife.

Corcovado National Park is located in this area. It houses 3% of the world’s biodiversity. 

south pacific map

Map Of The South Pacific

This area is most easily accessible from the Sam Jose International Airport.

If flying into the Liberia International Airport, we suggest skipping this part of the country. The drive would be wayyy too long. 

This area is home to beaitiful beaches that are backed up by mountaineous jungle. 

South Pacific Weather

The dry season and main tourism season in Costa Rica is from late December until late April. During this time of year you can expect crowds and higher prices in this area. 

This especially applies to the more popular beach town like Uvita.

From May until August prices go down a bit, the crowds go home, and the weather turns somewhat rainy.

You can expect afternoon rainstorms to last about one to two hours. 

If you plan on visiting the southernmost points of the country (Drake Bay, Golfito, Puerto Jimenez) you need to be prepared for the fact that there are many roads that require river crossings.

Sometimes it is not possible to cross these during the rainy season. 

From August until December prices usually get even lower and many places close due to the lack of tourism.

At this time of year, you are more likely to experience rainy days.

The temperature year-round is usually in the upper 80°F (around 30°C) during the day and dips to about  65° F (19°C) at night.

Year-round the sun rises between 5:15 and 5:45am and sets between 5:30 and 6:00pm. 

South Pacific of Costa Rica -Visitors Guide

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South Pacific Transportation

There are multiple transportation options to get to and around in The South Pacific region.

We usually suggest renting a car because it will give you the most flexibility in getting around between locations and it will allow you to explore more on your own.

You can book your rental car with a 10% discount plus other great perks here. 

However, if you are planning on staying at a resort or plan to mostly take day tours with transportation included, it is most likely not necessary to rent a car. 

In this situation, you could opt for a private shuttle.

You can book your private shuttle with our favorite shuttle company here

If you are on a tight budget, the public bus is always an option. Here is the best place for the bus schedule.  

Fun South Pacific Activities

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Uvita is best known for its whales tail pictured above. It is a beach town with plenty of things to do.

A small village with several nice restaurants. Once a year, this town fills up for the Envision Music Festival.

A beach village that extends in to the jungle. It is home to many nice boutique resorts.

Located on the Gulfo Dulce, this is a good town to stay in if you plan to visit Corcovado National Pak.

It is difficult to get here, but it is a great peaceful place to stay for exploring Corcovado National Park.

Popular surfing spot and home to one of the longest left hooks in the world. 

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