A Crocodile Bay guest shares photos of his tour of a botanical garden and the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.
As the east coast gets pummeled by Hurricane Sandy, all is quiet in the the small frontier town of Puerto Jimenez. While the Osa Peninsula is no stranger to storms, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, right now Costa Rica is enjoying warm sunny weather and calm oceans while many people on the east coast bunker down in their homes to ride the storm out. Continue reading
I first came in contact with Aloe Vera when I was a little girl vacationing in Arizona. The strong vibrant green plant grew wild in the southwest desert. When I got a sunburn, my Mom would go outside and pick some Aloe Vera, squeeze the gel from the plant and apply it to my skin. Immediately the sting from my sunburn faded as the cool gel of the Aloe Vera settled into my skin. Today, I prefer an Aloe Vera wrap and massage at a spa after a long day outdoors to unwind and relax.
Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties and as an ancient secret to radiant skin. The plant is native to the Southern part of Africa. Over the last 6,000 years the plant has spread across the world and can now be found growing wild just about anywhere with warm climates that are frost free. Since the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, Aloe Vera has been used as both a medicine and beauty aid. Continue reading
The beautiful blue waters of the Osa Peninsula are abundant in majestic billfish that dance off the waters and give any sport fishermen a challenge when trying to reel them in. With sunshine and warm days most of the year and a pristine biodiverse environment that is not exploited, there is nothing like heading out in the waters here early in the morning to catch a billfish, especially the legendary marlin. With expert Captains and boats loaded with the latest technology, Crocodile Bay is known as the anglers dream destination for world-class fishing. According to the Billfish Foundation, Anglers contribute $599 million annually in direct and indirect revenue to the Costa Rican economy, so keeping the fish stock abundant keeps people coming here year after year. Continue reading
While a 6.6 earthquake struck Costa Rica early today, life goes on here in the Osa Peninsula—a paradise for ecotourists, adrenaline junkies and world class anglers. The earthquake rattled that the Pacific Coast this morning probably shook a few people out of bed, startled for a moment, before they quickly fell back asleep dreaming of the promising excitement of the next day’s outdoor eco-adventure.
Deep in the jungle of the Osa Peninsula, you get lost in a world of raw pristine nature while observing animals in their natural setting and escaping to a place that feels timeless and limitless.
If you like to be both psychically and mentally challenged then this is a place to visit. It is one of the few remaining undeveloped places left in the world that is also traveler friendly. There is nothing like zipping through the canopies of the treetops and the getting a massive adrenaline rush, it is far better than watching someone else do it on an outdoor reality show about the outback from your couch. You can enjoy the outdoors without giving up comfort here and build your inner confidence by trying something totally new. Continue reading
I’m sure you never go out of the house without putting on your sunscreen because you know overexposure to sun will give you a sunburn or even worse, cancer. Whales and dolphins are also suffering from sunburns due to ozone depletion, but for them to have protection from the sun they need a cleaner atmosphere, which means clean energy. Costa Rica announced today that they will be taking a loan to build a massive hydro-electric damn that will make this country the first nation in the world to run on 100% renewable energy. Costa Rica is already at 90% renewable energy. The whales and dolphins are probably cheering about this announcement because as recent reports show many whales and dolphins are on the endangered species list. In the Osa Peninsula, you can spend a day dolphin and whale watching and it is well worth the adventure to learn more about these intelligent mammals. Dolphins and whales are simply magnificent playful creatures to watch in action. Continue reading