Escape to the Natural World with Crocodile Bay Resort on the Osa Peninsula
Crocodile Bay Resort is located next to the small village of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The peninsula is one of the least developed regions in the country and is by far the most untouched. The most biologically intense place on earth is not a place to be afraid of; on the contrary, this is a place to be explored, experienced and enjoyed.
The Osa Peninsula is home to a variety of ecosystems such as mangroves, lowland rainforest, cloud forest, mountain forest and various types of wetlands. Its rainforests contain more than 100 species of trees per hectare and more than 100 species of mammals, including the tapir, the jaguar and puma. Researchers identified more than 100 species of reptiles, an incredible array of bird species and some 8,000 insect species. There are more than 50 different species of hummingbirds alone, and the peninsula hosts the largest population of nesting scarlet macaws in all of Central America! The Osa’s forests are characterized by a high degree of endemism, meaning that many species occur only in this area and, as far as it is known, nowhere else in the world.
The Osa Peninsula has two darlings, Corcovado National Park and the Golfo Dulce. Both hold an abundance of life.
Corcovado National Park is referred to by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity”. This 164-square mile park on the Osa Peninsula is Costa Rica’s largest national park and within its borders are many diverse ecosystems which hold a variety of wildlife that will amaze you. All four Costa Rican monkey species, two kinds of sloth, two types of anteater, collared peccaries, caimans, crocodiles, and poison dart frogs are commonly seen. It’s also home to rare species such as Baird’s tapir, jaguar and the elusive harpy eagle. And for you ‘Birders’, we have some 750 different bird species, more than the United States and Canada combined, in an area no bigger than the state of West Virginia. Wow!
Crocodile Bay is located on the Golfo Dulce, which is one of the most pristine tropical gulfs in the world. It is surrounded by lush mountainous rainforest and mangrove wetlands. The gulf is approximately 30 miles long and it takes nearly half an hour by boat to reach its far shore; this makes for the perfect leisure ride. The Golfo Dulce is a true bio-gem. Several hundred green sea turtles, critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles, olive ridley sea turtles and the pacific leatherback sea turtles, rest, feed, mate and nest in the gulf. A rare colony of pelagic yellow sea snakes resides in the inner basin. It is also the only known place in the world where the migration paths of whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres cross over as they give birth to their young in a gulf that provides sanctuary for their young calves. That means whales are coming and going from the gulf throughout much of the year. Whale sharks also aggregate in Golfo Dulce along with the many resident dolphins.
Crocodile Bay is a fishing and eco-tour resort situated on 44 acres of manicured tropical gardens with 28 air-conditioned rooms. Nature lovers will appreciate the peaceful walks in our gardens. We have expanded our on-property trails to facilitate your ability to enjoy the sights and sounds of the biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula without leaving our grounds. Crocodile Bay Resort attracts a variety of wildlife, especially bird species who love to visit our mature gardens.
At Crocodile Bay Resort, your gateway to the Osa Peninsula, we have designed an enticing experience that will introduce you to both the rainforest canopy as well as the deep blue waters of the Golfo Dulce. In Costa Rica, no other resort offers such a complete range of adventures both on the water and in the rainforest. Each unforgettable experience is carefully planned and overseen by Dennis Atencio, Director of Crocodile Bay Expeditions. Dennis is certified within the Osa Peninsula Conservation Area (ACOSA) by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute as an Ecological Guide. He and his full-time staff will safely bring you as close to nature as you’re willing to get. Expeditions have been expertly crafted within four distinct habitats with all skill levels in mind. From white-knuckle thrills to awe-inspiring sightseeing, there’s so much to explore with Crocodile Bay Resort.
Come and feel rejuvenated while surrounding yourself with exotic plants and wildlife. Wake up to the most natural alarm clock on earth, the sound of the howler monkeys and scarlet macaws. And on the Osa Peninsula, where the rainforest meets the ocean, there is so much to discover!