Puerto Jiménez in Southern Costa Rica is bathed by the waters off the Pacific Ocean.
Here you’ll find the freshest air and the purest water in the world and home to the Happiest People in The World. Here on the Osa Peninsula, you’ll find Costa Ricans living up to their saying- Pura Vida.
The Golfo Dulce’s forests and river mouths are thick with mangrove, flora, fauna and endangered species. In the untouched forest, you’ll find more tree species on 2.5 acres of rainforest- than ALL of North America combined. More birds, reptiles, orchids, vines, bromeliads and medicinal plants than any other location in world. Many species still being discovered which is why it’s so important to preserve these natural and untouched forests and coastal areas.
Osa Peninsula waters are inhabited and visited by dolphins, humpback whales, turtles and other elusive species such as the whale shark. On shore you’ll find 4 types of monkeys, boas, coatis, exotic mammals, birds and insects. The Osa Peninsula is Costa Rica’s untouched wilderness and has gradually prospered thanks to a low-intensity tourism industry in the hands of Costa Ricans and foreigners who have made Osa their home and believe in conserving it. Surrounding small rural communities on Osa are the waters and rainforest of enormous fragility.
Over the years, many of Osa Peninsula conservation partners have stopped paper mills intended to destroy waters of the Golfo Dulce. We’ve removed and cancelled 18 River concessions ( gravel extraction ) with permit cancelled due to environmentalist working together. Corrupt projects near Mogos have been stopped and both Marriott and Hyatt Hotels were met with strong opposition and decided to build somewhere else. Environmentalists have opened libraries, schools and recycling centers. We’ve raised money through art shows, auctions and Earthday celebrations.
Although we have had many successes, now, some of Osa’s biggest environmental concerns are the” removal of forests to plant African Palm near and around Corcovado National Park and within Forest Reserve adjacent to park boundaries. Deforestation for lumber and cutting trees to clear land for planting African Palm is Osa Peninsula’s most critical crisis at hand. Osa Peninsula forest need 30-50 monkey bridges and ‘shock’ proof transformers for safe wildlife passage.
As Osa Peninsula population grows, we need a local sustainable landfill and transfer station near La Palma and recycling awareness spread throughout small rural communities. It’s important we work together as one community and reuse as much of our waste and recycled materials as possible, before it leaves the Osa.
Each of our rural towns has nothing for children to do. In Costa Rica, you’ll find very few community and educational programs dealing with social issues such as trash and recycling. A strong effort should be made to keep our children engaged with life and connected to nature. Support local and rural tourism by joining our conservation group. The Osa Peninsula is a special place indeed.