Most visitors use Puerto Jimenez as a jumping off point to the Corcovado National Park. With just over 3,000 inhabitants, this historic gold mining and logging community is one of the largest towns on the Osa Peninsula. It is bordered on one side by the Golfo Dulce, “sweet gulf” and on the other by the expansive Corcovado National Park. Puerto Jimenez offers everything from dolphin watching on the gulf to hiking in the rainforest. For the really adventurous, Puerto Jimenez offers an active, if a bit rowdy, nightlife. Most travelers who stay here are attracted by the cheap accommodations and easy bus access.
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How to get there
By road: From the Pan-American Highway to the south, in Chacarita turn right to Puerto Jimenez and La Palma. The paved road was recently completed.
By boat: From Golfito across the Golfo Dulce, the trip takes 1 ½ hours; it only transports people.
By bus: There are direct bus services going to Puerto Jimenz, or take the bus at Tracopa terminal (San José) to Chacarita and there a local service to get there.
By plane: Sansa and Nature Air have a direct flight; the flight-time is less than an hour.
The city was a gold-mining center during the ´70s; today, it has about 9,000 inhabitants. It is located near the entrance of Golfo Dulce, and it is the southernmost port. It is the gateway to the Corcovado National Park (reservation at the MINAE office).
The climate is tropical and humid, with temperatures up to 90 degrees Fº. The dry season goes from January to April and the wet season from October to December.