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Puerto Jimenez

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2011

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Puerto Jimenez Snapshot

Summary: Osa Peninsula's backpacking hotspot; gateway to Golfo Dulce attractions.
Landscape: Beaches, Rainforest
Attractions: Piedras Blancas National Park, Osa Wildlife Sanctuary, Corcovado National Park
Activities: Mangrove Tours, Bird & Wildlife Watching, Chocolate Tours
Caters to: Budget Travelers, Couples/Honeymooners, Families, Wildlife Enthusiasts

The colorful town of Puerto Jimenez is located on the Osa Peninsula’s southeastern coast, adjacent to the rich waters of the Golfo Dulce. Backpackers, animal lovers, and eco-tourists alike are drawn to the brightly painted buildings, inspiring wildlife, and pristine beaches of this quiet coastal town. The area’s mangrove swamps and humid rainforests are home to myriad fauna, including scarlet macaws, white-faced monkeys, caiman and ocelots.

Quick Facts

Location: Osa Peninsula; 11 miles north of Cabo Matapalo
Average Temperature: 63-88°F
Altitude: Sea level

Photo Gallery

puerto jimenez dock

In the late 1960’s, gold mining and logging transformed this backwater hamlet into a thriving port – amazingly, it has managed to retain its charming, small-town ambiance. While tourism has attracted a number of foreign residents to this little corner of the world, there is still enough of a Costa Rican population to maintain a unique local flavor.

Puerto Jimenez is an hour and a half drive from Corcovado National Park, one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth. An information center in town provides details on trails and wildlife to visitors planning a hike or camping trip. Hiring a naturalist guide is highly recommended to help spot animals while trekking through the park’s lush trails.

Many adrenaline-fueled activities are available here, including zipline adventures, sport fishing excursions, dolphin watching, snorkeling and gold panning.

Visitors can kayak in the estuaries of nearby Platanares River, an excellent spot for bird and wildlife watching, or enjoy the ocean’s phosphorescent algae after sunset. Puerto Jimenez is also the gateway to the unspoiled beaches of Cabo Matapalo, a popular surfing destination, just 11 miles south. There are several internet cafes in town and a Banco Nacional, which has an ATM machine.

Puerto Jimenez Travel Guide

Puerto Jimenez Travel Guide

Puerto Jimenez Weather

Current Conditions

Intermittent clouds
79°F (26°C)
Intermittent clouds
Humidity 100 %
Barometer 29.80 in/Hg
Visibility 3 mi
Wind 5 mph S

» 15-Day Forecast

Today's Tides

Time High Low
01:51 a.m. 8.07 ft. (2.46 m.)
08:02 a.m. 1.67 ft. (0.51 m.)
02:10 p.m. 8.07 ft. (2.46 m.)
08:15 p.m. 1.61 ft. (0.49 m.)

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Puerto Jimenez Map

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