With a backdrop of the beautiful Costa Rica rainforest and the Golfito Wildlife Refuge, the picturesque port city of Golfito overlooks the calm, blue Golfito Bay, offering marinas, a free port, yachting and boating services. Golfito is part of a remote and secluded region where the amenities are basic, but by visiting this area one can experience an alternative Costa Rica compared to the hustle and bustle of more popular touristy destinations.
One of the main reasons why this beautiful region remains so cut off from San Jose is because of the distance. A typical bus ride can take up to 8 hours or more. However, a domestic flight will take only 1 hour.
Much of the tourism in the Golfito area focuses on the sport fishing industry. Many of the lodges and hotels have their own sport fishing fleets and experienced boat captains. Yachting, boating, water sports and beach activities are also popular pastimes. The beaches south of Golfito, Playa Zancudo, Pilón and Pavones offer excellent surfing.