The Southern Pacific Coast

The Southern Pacific Coast Travel Guide

Corcovado’s 127,000 acres of lush primary rainforest protect an extraordinary array of wildlife.

The left point break at Pavones is the country’s most legendary wave—and a pilgrimage site for top surfers from all over the world.

An independent group of naturalists directed by biologist Mike Boston leads custom wilderness treks on the Osa Peninsula.

Take a spectacular sunset, throw in a sexy clientele, live music on the beach, finely mixed cocktails, and a reliable party-food menu, and you have The Backyard: one of the Pacific Coast’s better spots for a beach fiesta.

The most dramatic zipline tour around, featuring 11 lines and the country’s tallest platform.

Dozens of broken surfboards are screwed to the ceiling (proof of Dominical’s powerful waves), and surf-competition photos line the walls at this classic surfer bar. Most nights the action revolves around pool, foosball, and swapping surfing stories.