Puerto Jimenez facts and photos – a small town in Osa Peninsula Costa Rica
Puerto Jimenez is the main town of the Osa Peninsula on the Southwestern coast of Costa Rica. Puerto (port in Spanish) Jimenez (a common Spanish surname) is located right on the Golfo Dulce which translates to Sweet Golf. To get to town you can take a ferry, an airplane from San Jose, the Costa Rican capital, or a bus. I made my way to Puerto Jimenez by bus from San Jose and when leaving we took a ferry to Golfito and then taxis and buses to the border with Panama. For more information about transportation in Costa Rica and Panama, definitely read through Off The Grid Traveler.
Here are some Puerto Jimenez facts:
- the best town to reach Corcovado National Park
- the best home-made ice cream place
- a few places to get tasty smoothies
- dolphin tours leave from here
- you can take a boat and then a few vans and local buses from here to Panama
- many unpaved roads
- locals drive or huge pickups and jeeps, or motorbikes
- very dusty
- many cows and horses around the road
- you can easily hitchhike here, it’s safe
- as it’s a small town, everyone know everything about everyone else, or at least they think so, so talking about others is very normal in here
- monkeys wake you up at 4 or 5 am
- many dogs around
- loads of healthy ingredients are sold at the grocery store – chia seeds, chan, many nuts (quite expensive)
- I have never seen nicer sunrises from anywhere else than in here every single morning with an enormous Sun waking us all up.
- eco-tours to the surrounding attractions
- people in Puerto Jimenez area not only focus more and more on the eco-tourism, but also on ecological gardening, how to grow vegetables and fruits without chemical use and even how to educate others on the matter
- no-chemical cosmetics, such as Rainforest Solutions is also becoming more known
- there’s a lot of talented inhabitants in town, they make jewelry, wooden statues or images and then sell them
- you can even see monkeys right in town – the very first 5 minutes I was in town, we saw a monkey family and scarlet macaws! And that was just the beginning of living with wildlife in Osa Peninsula.
- football is a very common sports in here, both played and watched
- the smallest airport I’ve ever seen, just a dusty road in the middle of lush green vegetation just North of town
- the main street is full of stores selling clothes and souvenirs
- better accommodation is definitely outside of town itself – such as Blue Osa where I stayed
- I heard that many young people smoke marihuana and drink alcohol which is a sad thing. But on the other many of my friends realized it soon enough and changed their lifestyle.
- kind of difficult to get vegan meals at restaurants where they focus mostly on fish and sea food
- there’s some ylang ylang trees around and they smell incredibly awesome! Especially at the sunset time.
- one of the best things ever is sitting on the back of a pickup car and watch stars at night. I have never seen more random shooting stars like in here.
- exotic fruit is being sold at the stores so do not dare to leave without trying it
PS: sorry for all those ice cream photos but it was indeed the best, and most of all, very rarely you find vegan healthy ice cream, right? 😉
If Puerto Jimenez facts left you with more questions about the area, then please also check ut my article about 10 things to do in Osa Peninsula whcih will be hopefully useful if you ever decide to visit.