Golfito is located on the southern part of Costa Rica and it is known as the last frontier! It is a rather isolated part of the country and getting there can be quite a journey! Those who want to experience Costa Rica to the fullest though should really take a look at this splendid area: This is nature as its best, secluded and often unexplored, pristine and wonderful.
Golfito is lodged between the Golfito Bay and the lush rainforest that covers most of this region. The Golfo Dulce is just on the other side of Golfito Bay. It is a typical small little port with its array of small hotels and restaurants. While it was once one of the biggest producer and exporter of bananas, it is today relying mostly on the duty-free zone to survive, because there are no more plantations; in the 1980s the bananas got infected by diseases. Soon huge strikes took place as the workers demanded more pay and better working conditions. As a result the United Fruit Company left the plantations of Golfito to die and the town’s economy fell dramatically low and employment became a huge problem.
Golfito is located 340kms away from San Jose, which is not far by US or European standard, but, these roads are full of surprises; should you try to go by bus it could take up to 10 hours and that is basically why most people fly with Sansa or Nature Air. For this very reason however, Golfito has remained rather cut off and isolated from the rest of the country and it has seen little changes over the last 20 years or so.
Sportsfishing is what attract the most tourists in Golfito. It is used as a base and from there, there are various destinations to choose from to catch big fish! Tourism has been slowly growing in Golfito lately. People find it to be a cheaper and more practical place to stay while visiting nearby beaches like Playa Pavones, Playa Zancudo, and the Piedras Blancas National Park.
Piedras Blancas is one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful and interesting parks with its abundance of unique flora and fauna.
Playa Zancudo is pretty much the beach to go to if you just want to relax and take the sun. At night, the water becomes alive as it sparkles with zillions of tiny white lights; a bioluminescence effect is created by the small marine plankton that live in these waters.
Pavones is most definitely a surfers’ heaven! For the best waves, visit between April and October; it is said that a wave can be run for up to 3 minutes! No wonder it has an international flair with surfers arriving from all over the world.