Surrounded by steep hills and tropical rain forest, Golfito has a spectacular sheltered position on the eastern side of the Golfo Dulce on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The town was founded in the 1930's as a banana port and you will see evidence of this in the remaining reduced trade and banana company manager homes in the American zone.
There are some good beaches nearby including the black sand beach at Zancudo or Pavones, the surfing paradise south of Golfito on the "Bahia de Pavon" of the Golfo Dulce. In the tropical rain forest surrounding Golfito there are nearly 200 species of trees and shrubs, some very rare and interesting. The vegetation attracts a numerous variety of birds such as the red lored parrot, chestnut-mandibled toucan, parakeets, tanagers, trogons, woodpeckers, falcons and hummingbirds. From the mammals you can see peccaries, pakas, raccoons, monkeys, squirrels and coati. There are poison arrow frogs, huge iguanas and countless other reptile and insect curiosities in this protected area.
From here you can explore the Corcovado National Park. This beautiful park is an area of immense biological diversity and features deserted beaches, some with waterfalls, tall canopy trees and lots of wildlife including tapir, ocelot and margay. The beautiful mountain village of San Vito, founded by Italian immigrants in the early 1950's, is also worth a visit and offers a rest from the tropical heat of the lowlands. The Wilson Botanical Garden and the international park "La Amistad" are also in this area.
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