Golfito is Costa Rica's southernmost port town, located on the Golfo Dulce, across the Osa Peninsula. Golfito has long been known as the entryway to Pavones, close to the south, and a year-round sportfishing destination for surfers. On the other hand, Golfito has recently become the gateway to Costa Rica's newest attraction, Eco-Lodges. Eco-Lodges are all about being a small hotel or lodge that blends into its environment while offering its visitors an opportunity to view its natural surroundings with the least amount of environmental impact.
Eco Lodges are the obvious next step in tourism for Costa Rica. Costa Ricans have been conserving and honouring their woods, seas, and environment for many years, and nature tourism or Eco Lodges are the answer. A few Eco Lodges are springing up in Piedras Blancas National Park to the north. The most convenient way to get there is to have the lodge pick you up in Golfito and take you on a magnificent half-hour boat trip to the resort, which is surrounded by nature.
Surfers have long known about incredible waves rolling in just to the south at Pavones and across the gulf at Cabo Matapalo. Fly into Golfito Domestic Airport or drive to Golfito and proceed south for approximately a half-hour to get to Pavones.
Golfito has traditionally been the port of choice for anglers and sports fishers since there are fish to be caught all year, and the fish of choice is always the Pacific Sailfish. Although the fishing season is open all year, the ideal months to sport fish in Costa Rica are November through May, when the country is dry.
Located across from Golfo Dulce, the Corcovado National Park is one of Costa Rica's most valued assets and was voted the most biodiverse location on Earth by National Geographic. Pavones is a surfer's paradise located south of Golfo Dulce. Finally, San Vito is a tiny town hidden high up in the hills created in the late fifties by Italians. It is a nice break from the hot and humid environment found farther down, and it is a fantastic place for an Italian lunch, as it is almost 900 meters altitude.
Playa Zancudo is, without a doubt, the most incredible beach to see while in Golfito; you may drive or take a bus there, but the boat journey is very remarkable. It is suitable for swimming; it is a long and calm beach, ideal for long walks, with several cafés and restaurants along the shore. There are also tiny cottages if you wish to spend some time there.
The Wilson Botanical Gardens, also known as the Las Cruces Biological Station, is a gardener's, bird watcher's, biologist's, or just anybody who appreciates nature's beauty; 700 kinds of palms can be found there, making it the world's second-biggest collection. Also in the region is the International Park La Amistad, which is international since it encompasses both Panamanian and Costa Rican territory and is home to numerous indigenous tribes such as the Bribri, Ngobe, Naso, Cabecar, and other Latin ethnic groups.
Some of the most popular attractions in Golfito are:
- Playa Cabo Matapalo
- Playa Pavones
- Piedras Blancas National Park
- Playa Pavones
- Corcovado National Park
- Playa Zacundo
Real Estate in Golfito
Golfito real estate is usually located immediately on the waterfront, in the city's business district, or the residential areas. Wherever you want to make your purchase, please feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable and bilingual brokers at Exclusive Homes Costa Rica. We will gladly provide you with all the support you require.
Golfito, which translates to "small gulf," was a port town from the nineteen-thirties until the nineteen-eighties, when it was home to the United Fruit Company and its numerous banana farms. It is still a port town, but it now caters to tourists rather than farmers. Many visitors come to Golfito to swim or kayak in the bay's warm waters - or to see whales or dolphins in the vast Golfo Dulce – and, of course, there is sport fishing, surfing, and scuba diving.