Golfito

Golfito is a small port town located at Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Zone, it stretches out along the Golfo Dulce Bay and the evergreen-protected tropical rainforest. 

 in town you can find a Hospital, one regional airport, some restaurants, hotels and a large  Dutty Free Zone.

The Protected area attracts a numerous variety of birds such as the scarlet macaw, great curassow, red lored parrot, chestnut-mandibled toucan, parakeets, tanagers, trogons, woodpeckers, falcons, and hummingbirds. 

On the mammal’s list, you can spot agoutis, collared peccaries, pacas, raccoons, 3 types of monkeys, squirrels, and coatis. At Golfo Dulce Bay, you can also spot dolphins and Humpback whales.

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Reasons to visit costa rica in october

  1. Tour operators and hotels usually give discounts during the rainy season.
  2. With fewer travelers, popular sights and destinations will be more accessible and easier to enjoy.
  3. You can find cheaper flights during the low season.
  4. During the rainy season, it’s often easy to find rooms in any hotel with only a day or two advance notice.
  5. October is actually one of the driest months of the year on the Caribbean zone.
  6. July through October is the peak nesting and hatching season for the green sea turtle in Costa Rica.

Does it rain a lot in Costa Rica in October?

The answer is Yes, but this tropical country has only two seasons, dry and rainy (each one is 6 months long), October is the last month of Costa Rica’s rainy season.

Even if the weather is very wet in the rest of the country, Costa Rica’s Caribbean destinations are the sunniest during this time of the year, and due to this inverse of weather patterns, some accommodations on the Pacific will actually close for the month due to high rains, while Caribbean lodges are often booked up months in advance. 

The rain is often limited to a few hours each afternoon, so you can still enjoy plenty of beautiful sunny days while traveling during the green season.

Turtle nesting and hatching season

October is the best month to visit Tortuguero and witness Olive Ridley turtles arribadas.

Catch the tail end of the whale watching season in Costa Rica

North Atlantic St Lawrence humpback whales frequent the Caribbean coast. The very best time to visit if you want to spot whales is between August and October.

Have a Thermal experience

 Staying on a Hot spring resort in Costa Rica offers travelers a chance to soak and relax in natural thermal pools with stunning views of the rainforest.

The following thermal resorts are the most popular among tourists:

  1.  Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
  2.  Baldi Hot Springs Hotel & Spa
  3. Hotel Kokoro Mineral Hot Springs
  4. Hotel Palmera Real Hot Springs
  5. The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort – Adults Only

Should I rent a 4x4 in October?

Some of the country’s rugged roads become impassable without a 4×4 vehicle during the rainy season. If you’re planning to rent a car for your vacation in Costa Rica in October, I really recommend getting a Four-wheel drive.

 Quote online and compare 4×4 car rental rates here

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Golfito Travel Guide

 In this detailed Golfito Travel Guide, we are showing you all the beauty of this hidden gem located in the south pacific of Costa Rica.

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Where is Golfito?

Golfito is a small port town located at Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Zone, it stretches out along the Golfo Dulce Bay and the evergreen protected tropical rainforest. 

The Protected area attracts a numerous variety of birds such as the scarlet macaw, great curassow, red lored parrot, chestnut-mandibled toucan, parakeets, tanagers, trogons, woodpeckers, falcons, and hummingbirds. 

On the mammal’s list, you can spot agoutis, collared peccaries, pacas, raccoons, 3 types of monkeys, squirrels, and coatis. At the Golfo Dulce Bay, you can also spot dolphins and Humpback whales.

Golfito History

in 1938 Golfito was the main port of Costa Rica when the United Fruit Company had established a strong presence in Costa Rica and moved its headquarters and banana export operations to this port.

The United Fruit Company constructed a classic company town similar to those found in the United States during that period.

After the United Fruit Company closed its banana operations, the Costa Rican government opened a duty-free shopping center (Deposito Libre de Golfito) in an effort to bring the city back to life.

Today is a popular destination for Costa Ricans who are looking for a bargain on large appliances and electronics and slowly recovering partly due to tourism.

Things to do in Golfito

Golfito offers a wide range of activities and things to do such as: 

Boat tours in the Golfo Dulce to spot dolphins all year round, and humpback whales from mid-July to October.

Golfito is one of the best sportfishing destinations in the Pacific, particularly if you are looking for sailfish, blue marlin, or yellowfin tuna.

You will enjoy one of the best sportfishing destinations with world-renowned sportfishing captains such as Bobby Mcguinness who attract top fishermen from all over the world.

You can also enjoy hiking tours inside the ever-green Golfito rainforest to enjoy a stunning diversity of flora and fauna.

and visit the Piedras Blancas National Park, considered by many to be one of the best bird-watching zones in the country.

If you want to know more about things to do in Golfito, check our Golfito Tour Page.

Where to stay?

Golfito offers a great variety of places to stay, if you’re looking for a nice Hotel with a large Swimming Pool and close to the Airport we recommend you to stay at Casa Roland Resort, and if you’re looking for a more personal experience on a budget check our favorite (and only) Guest House in town center, located 5 minutes away from the Airport: Golfito Maison D’Hôtes.

If you’re looking to rent a car you can check rates and availability at Costa Rica Car Rental