While most families head straight for the beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula or Central Pacific Coast, we took an inexpensive internal flight to Puerto Jimenez and the more wild and rugged southwestern shores of the Osa Peninsula. National Geographic declared it “the most biologically intense place on earth.”
Visiting the pristine rain forest and its breadth and abundance of wildlife is spectacular, but requires some pretty heavy-duty trekking and serious camping, so it’s not for every family. You can still explore the area from the secluded Cabo Matapolo Beach which offers world-class surf and ample opportunities for rugged exploration and adventure right at our doorstep. Accommodations are also quite rustic and basic, the way life down here is meant to be.
The owner of the cabin we rented, Andy Pruter, also runs Everyday Adventures, which gives a personalized tour of the area’s heavily forested coastline. The full package includes climbing 60 feet up a 400-year-old strangler fig tree called “The Cathedral”. The kids scaled it with ease while dad here had a slower go reliving one of every boy’s favorite childhood pastimes. It also includes the option of rappelling down a 100-foot waterfall. Although the water wasn’t running yet, we did it anyway, which proved a great accomplishment for father and sons alike.