10 THINGS TO DO IN GOLFITO
Thanks to the variety of things to do in Golfito, Costa Rica, visitors to Golfito have the benefit of being able to do so many different things in a single visit!
You want to go sport fishing, and then spend the rest of the vacation relaxing in a waterfall? Golfita has it all!
A Dolphin Tour, then a horseback riding tour with your kids? Done!
With so many things to do in Golfito, I know you will love our top 10 things to do in Golfito.
1 - Dolphin Tour in the Golfo Dulce Bay
A safe experience for the entire family with wild dolphins that you will treasure forever.
Encounter and watch dolphins in their natural habitat, Pods of hundreds and even thousands of several species of dolphins enjoy the warm, productive, tropical waters of the Golfo Dulce Bay, It is truly one of the best places to experience dolphins and whales as we have so many different species throughout the year.
We have large resident pods of dolphins all year round and you can see dolphins at any time, year round. We most commonly see Spotted Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, Common Dolphins and Roughtooth Dolphins. Other species of dolphins also make an appearance from time to time.
2- Whale Watching in the Golfo Dulce Bay
There are three species of humpback whales that frequent the shores of Costa Rica: California Humpback Whales, Antarctic Humpback Whales, and North Atlantic St Lawrence Humpback Whales.
3- Golfito Sportfishing Trips
Golfito waters are the best for sportfishing in Central America, there are so many different varieties such as Big Snappers, Roosterfish, Amberjacks, Mackerel, Runners, Jacks and Marlin.
There is no other area in Costa Rica or in the world that encompasses Golfito with the incredible offshore/inshore saltwater sportfishing species combination found off the South Pacific coast.
Anglers who come for a Golfito sportfishing adventure can catch every offshore and inshore species that you will find in Costa Rican waters.
4- Horseback Riding at La Gamba
Enjoy a ride through the little village of La Gamba, in Golfito, which is a small, agricultural village surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park.
Discover trails in the rainforest, crossing rivers and enjoying all the views of the Piedras Blancas surroundings while riding to “El Chorro” Waterfall, under which you can swim in a deep, crystal clear pool.
5- Golfito Mangrove Boat Tour
Discover the Coto River Mangroves while you ride comfortably under the shade of several tall species of mangrove trees home of a great variety of animals such as caimans, snakes, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and several species of birds.
This Golfito Mangrove experience is highly recommended for any naturalist, young or old, who wants to get to know firsthand the pulse of the mangrove ecosystem.
6- Guided walking tour to Piedras Blancas National Park
With a stunning diversity of flora and fauna, the Piedras Blancas National Park is a significant natural reserve and wildlife refuge located in the Puntarenas province. Lying on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, this national park is situated in Golfito, neighboring the Golfito National Wildlife Refuge, it also connects with the Corcovado National Park to form and safeguard an important and ecologically diverse biological corridor in the Golfo Dulce.
7- Birdwatching Tour in La Gamba, Golfito
This Birdwatching tour takes place in La Gamba rural village, locate 15 minutes away from Golfito town center.
La Gamba is one of the most famous birding hotspots in the world, it’s surrounded by thousands of acres of untouched wilderness.
This Golfito birdwatching takes you to forest trails and irregular terrain around the rural village.
The local bird checklist includes 362 species, many of them considered as specialties that are either endemics or easily found here, for example the Great Curasaw, Spectacled Owl, Rufous-winged Woodpecker, Olivaceous Piculet, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager and Rudy-breasted Seedeater, amongst others.
8- Casa Orquideas Botanical Tour
Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden is located on a pristine tropical beach inside the Golfo Dulce Bay and surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park, is truly a hidden paradise that you can only access by boat.
On this Boat Tour we will take you from Golfito to the Tropical Botanical Garden where our guide will teach you about the differents species of tropical plants, flowers and trees.
Macaws, agoutis and coatis are often seen during this tour on the surroundings of this tropical garden.
9- Golfito National Wildlife Refuge Walking Tour
The Golfito National Wildlife Refuge is a protected area with trails where you can walk to discover the tropical Golfito rainforest.
This protected trails boasts a diverse collection of wildlife, with thousands of birds, animal and plant species in this natural tropical paradise.
Agoutis, monkeys, great curassow birds and coatis are often seen during this tour.
10- Golfito Canyoneering Tour
Rappelling tours are a fun, safe and exciting way to experience some of Costa Rica’s most magnificent landscapes. The sport, also known as canyoning, involves a controlled descent down a rock face using a secured rope. Oftentimes this descent is within boundaries of a waterfall, making it a memorable – and yes, moist – activity that even the most advanced thrill-seekers will enjoy.
In Golfito this activity is held on a waterfall located only ten minutes away from the town center. Perfect for everyone at any age. Yes, a real adventure challenging enough for those looking for two hours of physical activity.