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Traveling Around Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula in 16 Photos

Rocky Osa Peninsula Costa Rica Beach - JoeBaur

Back in March Melanie and I joined her parents for a tour of Costa Rica’s western coast from the hippy beach town of Dominical through Uvita and down to the Osa Peninsula — a mecca of all things nature. In fact, the father of Costa Rica’s national parks system was quite vocal about this being his favorite region of the country as well as criticizing the ongoing economic challenges and illegal lumbering that continue to threaten the health of the Osa Peninsula.

Below are 16 shots from those travels. Through their beauty — that any dunce with a camera could capture — hopefully it sheds a bit of light on how important it is to preserve this region.

Dominical Costa Rica Beach Walk - JoeBaur

Melanie and her mother tip-toe into the Pacific waters of Dominical.

Dominical Costa Rica Beach Camping - JoeBaur

Campers setup tent on the beach in Dominical.

Dominical Costa Rica Rocky Beach - JoeBaur

An intriguing pile of rocks probably left behind by some of the aforementioned campers whilst enjoying a psychedelic of some sort.

Shelter From The Storm View - JoeBaur

One of the many dramatic views from Shelter From The Storm, a boutique hotel perched atop the hillside near Dominical. The steep driveway itself challenged every piece of machinery within our vehicle.

Shelter From The Storm Hotel Costa Rica - JoeBaur

A walk around the grounds of Shelter From The Storm.

Shelter From The Storm Hotel View - JoeBaur

Another view of the Pacific Ocean’s crashing waves.

Ballena National Park Beach - JoeBaur

Onward to Parque Nacional Marino Ballena in Uvita, a walk along the beach revealed a stark contrast between the smooth sands further away to this rocky section.

Ballena National Park - JoeBaur

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena is famous for the aerial view that reveals a naturally formed whale’s tail. Here you can see the piece of tail where waves collide along both ides.

Bosque Del Cabo Costa Rica Hotel Room - JoeBaur

Our romantic welcoming to Bosque Del Cabo, a rainforest lodge. Guess which one of us said, “Awww!”

Bosque Del Cabo Costa Rica - JoeBaur

The Bosque Del Cabo grounds are an eco-campus of sorts with what works as hiking paths leading the way between dining areas and cabins.

Osa Peninsula Costa Rica Hiking Trail - JoeBaur

Bosque Del Cabo is essentially its own national park with miles of trails extending from the main grounds. This shot with Melanie and her mother hiking down rocky trail is part of their Pacific Trail leading to the ocean.

Osa Peninsula Costa Rica - JoeBaur

A look at the rocky beachfront along the Pacific Trail outside of Bosque Del Cabo.

Osa Peninsula Costa Rica Beach - JoeBaur

A wider look at the Pacific coast.

Hiking Osa Peninsula Costa Rica - JoeBaur

A wrong turn lead to a quiet waterfall.

Osa Cosat Rica Hiking - JoeBaur

The path to the ocean on the other side of the cape.

Rocky Osa Peninsula Costa Rica Beach - JoeBaurFar too dangerous for a dip, Melanie took in the view from the safety of the beach covered in bright white rocks that almost resembled our best idea of dinosaur eggs.

Traveling around the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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