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Provincia de Puntarenas, Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica

The former gold-mining town of Puerto Jiménez lies just past the entrance to the Golfo Dulce. It's a sleepy spot where Ticos (Costa Ricans) fish off the end of the muelle público, or jetty. The view from your anchored ship will...

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Provincia de Puntarenas, Pavones, Costa Rica

The surfing town of Pavones, at the entrance to the Golfo Dulce, is famous for long ocean swells that take surfers on crazy three-minute rides. A little farther into the gulf is Zancudo, known for its black-sand beach, stunning sunsets and a...

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Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Few onboard experiences are as exciting as watching whales calving, breaching, fluking and slapping their pectoral fins on the water. Costa Rica's Pacific coast—particularly the Golfo Dulce—is prolific whale territory,...

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As the most biodiverse part of Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula and the section of mainland along the Golfo Dulce have a number of protected areas. These nature parks are managed collectively under the Osa Conservation Area, which is responsible...

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It's not just the country's largest national park: The 417-square-kilometer (161-square-mile) Corcovado National Park could be described as Costa Rica's Amazon given its remarkable biodiversity. The trees here can soar higher...