Osa Peninsula favorites:

Our lodge, La Paloma,
and the monkeys that invaded one afternoon

Scarlet Macaw beach

"Jurassic" Corcovado National Park

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Corcovado National Park preserves primary and secondary rain forest that looks like it's right out of Jurassic Park (which was filmed on a Costa Rican island).

The jungle is so dense that my only successful photos were along the shore!
Okay, we didn't see a giant iguana emerging from Corcovado, but it felt like we could have.
Deb traverses an ancient lava bed.
David, Deb and our excellent guide Javier cool off in waterfall pool. Javier pointed out numerous birds, mammals, insects and plant life on our morning hike in the secondary forest and afternoon hike in the primary forest.
Javier was also our guide on the snorkeling trip to Cano Island. Dolphins cavorted around our boat on the way to the reef, and underwater we saw turtles, rays, sharks, barracuda and numerous colorful fish.
We stayed four nights in Rancho #2 at La Paloma Lodge on Drake Bay. Circled are David (center) and monkey (top left).
We were surrounded by jungle and a restful view of Drake Bay.
On the main floor was a queen bed as well as a single and a sofa bed. Deborah slept upstairs in the loft.
We kept the sliding glass doors open at all times and used the mosquito net at night, but weren't bothered by many bugs. The net is probably unnecessary if you keep a fan on and the lights off after dark.
We loved the bathroom, which was open to nature (but closed to the rest of the rancho).
A glimpse of our rancho from the sea. To its right is rancho #1 and at far right is the dining pavilion. The food was great. Dinner was preceded by a social hour with hors d'oevres, and after dinner we'd go to the pool area to gaze at billions and billions of stars.
One afternoon a troop of white-faced monkeys invaded the jungle around La Paloma to forage for food, including coconuts, which they opened to drink the milk.
About a half-hour walk from La Paloma on the path that parallels the sea is a beach where dozens of scarlet macaws are often seen. Sometimes they'd hang onto the tips of palm fronds with their beaks or claws and interact with much squawking and fluttering.
The path that parallels the shore takes you past dozens of pristine beaches separated by rocky outcroppings, so you can stop for a swim whenever the mood strikes.
  dolphins Dolphins accompanied our boat on the way to Cano Island National Biological Reserve. We snorkeled offshore and saw turtles, rays, sharks, and a variety of colorful fish.
  David loved his lightweight, quick-drying pants. The legs zipped off to become shorts.
  The Drake Bay airport consists of a gravel landing strip and a shelter with benches. The plane we flew out on was even smaller than this.