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Last updated: 06 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Alex Robinson

Piedras Blancas is far less visited or well-known than neighbouring Corcovado National Park on the Osa peninsula, yet it’s equally biodiverse and its landscapes are even more stunning.

The primary rainforest drips with waterfalls and drops to a deep-water fjord where whales calve; black sand beaches spread to extensive mangrove forests.

The hiking, kayaking and scuba diving are wonderful.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The only way to visit is to stay in one of the scattering of jungle lodges on the mainland opposite the Osa peninsula. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is the best of these – with rustic-chic comfort and a full range of wildlife and light adventure tours into the National Park.

When to do it

The best time to visit is the dry season, from November to April.

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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Simple but elegant jungle lodge hotel, set in idyllic wilderness surrounds – between a shimmering tropical fjord and waterfall-filled rainforest.

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