Perfectly situated for accessing the wonders of the Osa Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean, your home at Sierpe del Pacifico is where your adventures will start.
Hike or mountain bike the trails at Sierpe del Pacifico. Extend your adventure with a mountain bike ride to Mirimar or an overnight trip to Drake Bay. Kayak or canoe the mangrove preserves and the Sierpe River tributaries. Explore the wonders of the Pacific Ocean from the Sierpe del Pacifico private marina. Private beaches, snorkeling, diving, whale and dolphin watching, world class sport fishing all are just a 15 minute boat ride from your home at Sierpe del Pacifico. Sierpe del Pacifico’s prime location, where the jungle meets the river that meets the sea, means you will experience the best of Costa Rica adventures, unspoiled, on your terms.
Several quality land based adventure activities can enjoyed directly on or from the Sierpe del Pacifico grounds. Choices include but are not limited to hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, wildlife and bird watching, gardening, sun bathing, and general relaxation.
Hiking: On the Sierpe del Pacifico property there are over 5 kilometers of access roads and hiking trails that are ideal for exploring. Whether you take them at a relaxing pace or choose to break a sweat and get some exercise while you explore, you are sure to find the experience both relaxing and invigorating. This network of trails weaves through all major ecosystems within Sierpe del Pacifico and provides great opportunities to view birds and other wildlife species in their natural setting. Five ranchos and viewpoint platforms are strategically located in areas of particular natural beauty and are equipped with chairs and hammocks that one can relax and take a break in.
Mountain Biking: Bordering the western edge of the Sierpe del Pacifico property is a walking, hiking, and biking trail that connects Sierpe del Pacifico to the pueblo of Mirimar and the road from the town of Sierpe to Drake Bay. This road while challenging provides great single track mountain biking. Once on the road to Drake the trail widens, is easier to ride, and connects you to an endless network of jungle trails and mountain roads on which to mountain bike. Favorite stops along the route include the Pacific Ocean viewpoint in the town of Mirimar, the Mirimar pulperia, and a jungle stream with a multiple waterfalls and swimming holes. In addition to day rides, people can do overnight mountain biking trips to Drake Bay and back.
Horseback Riding: Horseback riding can be arranged directly from Sierpe del Pacifico. Favorites rides include all of the same paths and trails used for mountain biking.
Wildlife and Bird Watching: The Sierpe de Pacifico grounds are a nature lovers paradise. Three distinct tropical lowlands ecosystems: mangrove shoreline, wetlands, and secondary rainforest thrive within Sierpe del Pacifico’s nature preserves and harbor a broad population of Costa Rica’s diverse wildlife. Exploring the grounds and viewing birds and wildlife in their natural setting is made easy by our network of access roads, walking trails, and viewpoint platforms. This network intersects all major ecosystems, and when stretched out totals 5 kilometers in length. Commonly spotted animal and bird species include howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, sloths, pizotes, anteaters, agoutis, toucans, scarlet macaws, green parrots, firey-billed aracaris, trogons, herons, and ibis. On occasion SDP residents, guests and staff have spotted peccaries, jaggarundis, ocelots, squirrel monkeys, and even a jaguar. Several other species of birds and reptiles can routinely be spotted as well.
Gardening: The unique combination of prolific sunlight, ample precipitation, and rich volcanic soils makes Sierpe del Pacifico an ideal place to exercise your green thumb. Residents with a large lot and yard area should plan on making their horticultural dreams a reality. For those that don’t have a large yard area there are several community gardens at which residents are welcome to grow their own fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants. Several fruits such as banana, papaya, oranges, lemons, limes, mangos, starfruit, and avocados are very easy to grow and are a wonderful treat when you grow and pick them yourself.
General Relaxation/Sunbathing: Merely hanging out on the deck of your Sierpe del Pacifico home or one of the communal viewpoint platforms is quite possibly one of the most relaxing and enjoyable things to do at Sierpe del Pacifico. Enjoying great views, pristine surroundings, and the sounds of nature along with a good book, tasty cocktail, or treasured company of a loved one is what this place is all about and is the best way to relax after a busy day spent exploring the Osa… Pura Vida!!!
The Sierpe River and its 68,000 acres of waterways, lagoons, and mangroves shorelines provide a recreational paradise that knows no limits. Recreational activities include, but are not limited to kayaking, fishing, wildlife watching, and boating.
Kayaking/Canoeing: A favorite activity of many SDP guests is kayaking on the Sierpe River and its many tributaries. Kayaking is a tranquil, peaceful way to explore the small intimate waterways in an active and engaging way. Other activities can be enjoyed simultaneously while kayaking like fishing or wildlife watching. A favorite kayaking trip of SDP residents and guests involves departing from the eastern dock and proceeding up the tributary that borders the mangrove and wetland preserves. Several species of birds and mammals are routinely seen on this excursion. For a truly exhilarating kayaking experience, try going at night. The water in the mangroves has bioluminescent bacterium that creates light when the water is disturbed in any way. In addition to kayaking, canoeing is another great way to explore the river.
Fishing: Whether you’re a diehard angler or just like to casually wet a line, the Sierpe River offers great fishing opportunities. Fishing can be enjoyed from a boat, kayak, and even the SDP piers and viewpoint platforms. Species commonly caught in the river include but are not limited to red snapper, snook, corvina, and goliath grouper. For more information about fishing in the Sierpe River please visit our sportfishing page.
Wildlife Watching: Using the river as a corridor in which to view wildlife is one of the most effective ways to see a diverse number of species in diverse environments. When traveling from the headwaters of the Sierpe River to the Pacific Ocean the shoreline and aquatic environments change from one of arboreal primary forest and fresh water, to one of mangrove shorelines and highly saline water. The types of birds, mammals, reptiles, and aquatic animals, fish, and reptiles seen can vary dramatically. Furthermore, traveling by boat allows you great mobility, stealth, and a clear line of sight in which to view animal life.
Boating/Water Skiing/Swimming: Cruising the river is a great way to pass time and enjoy the company of friends and family. For some added excitement, pull a water-skier or wake-boarder behind the boat. Taking a swim is a great way to cool down as well, but is only recommended at slack tide when there is less current.
Deepwater access to the ocean by boat has always been a cornerstone of value to the Sierpe del Pacifico community. Unencumbered boat in, boat out access to the best beaches, fishing, snorkeling, surfing, diving, fishing, and whale watching the Pacific Ocean offers will continually bring SDP residents a tremendous amount of joy and excitement.
Beaches: Several private and pristine beaches are easily accessible from the Sierpe del Pacifico docks. Here is a brief description of the more popular ones.
Boca Sierpe The quickest and easiest beaches to get to from Sierpe del Pacifico are the those on either side of the mouth of the Sierpe River. Both sides have small inlets where anyone in any size watercraft can safely park their boat and enjoy the beach. Both beaches are extremely private, and having them all to yourself will be the norm. Both of these beaches offer great opportunities for shore fishing and surfing when water clarity and wave conditions are right.
Boca Guaramal Branching off from the main channel of the Sierpe River about one third of the way to the ocean from Sierpe is the Rio Guaramal. Because of the shape and shallow depth of the rivermouth the beaches here are unusually calm and tranquil. The process of beaching your boat here is extremely easy as well. Given the remote location of this beach, absolute privacy is guaranteed.
San Josecito Playa San Josecito is arguably the most popular beach in the Sierpe/Drake Bay area and for good reason. Everything that one would desire in a beach setting is here: tranquil waters, great snorkeling, fine sand, and plenty of shaded seating area. San Josecito is located about 5 miles south of the Sierpe River mouth and takes about 35 minutes to get too from Sierpe del Pacifico.
Cano Island The Cano Island beach is definitely the most beautiful beach one can access from Sierpe del Pacifico and is a great place to spend an hour or so eating lunch and relaxing during a fishing or snorkeling trip near the island. The views of the entire Pacific Coast and ocean here are truly breathtaking.
Snorkeling: The clear, warm waters of the Osa Peninsula make for some truly spectacular snorkeling. Depending on the location and time of year, numerous aquatic species - both large and small can be seen here. The best and most popular snorkeling location is the series of reefs on the leeward side of Cano Island. Numerous fish species aggregate to the rock outcroppings here and can be easily viewed given the extremely clear water. Because these reefs are a considerable distance offshore and are located in deeper water it is possible to see larger species such as turtles, sharks, manta rays, and large pelagic fish. Another popular snorkeling spot is Playa San Josecito.
Fishing: The coastal and offshore waters of the Osa Peninsula are a true fisherman’s paradise. The sheer size, variety, and number of fish that can be targeted here is truly amazing, and any level of angling enthusiast will be able to find the right niche in which to pursue their passion. For more in depth information on the sport-fishing opportunities available from Sierpe del Pacifico please visit our sportfishing page.
Dolphin and Whale Watching: One of the most popular activities for tourists visiting the Sierpe/Drake Bay area is to go on a dolphin and whale watching tour near Cano Island. Several types of dolphins can be seen year round and are pretty much guaranteed once you venture into deeper water 2 or 3 miles offshore. Bottlenose and spotted dolphins are the most common species, while spinners are the most enthralling to watch given their penchant for acrobatic manuevers. Depending on the time of year, whales can be seen near Cano Island as well. Humpback calving season runs from September through April with October and November providing the best opportunity to have multiple sightings in a day. Several other whale species including fin, killer, pilot, and bryde’s migrate through the area and are occasionally spotted.
Diving: The same extensive reefs and clear waters that provide such great snorkeling around Cano Island also provide for Costa Rica’s most renowned diving. For novice divers there are several shallower dive sites closer to the island that can put you face to face with all sorts of smaller reef fishes, corals, and crustaceans. For experienced divers there are several deep water reefs that will attract larger pelagic fish species, white-tipped reef sharks, manta rays, and even turtles. Several certified dive masters operate out of Sierpe and can pick SDP residents up at the SDP dock for dive trips.
Surfing/Kite-Boarding/Sea Kayaking: The mouth of the Sierpe River on occasion provides the opportunity to surf a variety of waves in a very beautiful setting with no interference from other surfers. Depending on the swell and tide conditions breaks can occur in a variety of locations both on the beach and offshore of the mouth. In addition to the river mouth break, there is a consistent surf break at the mouth of the Claro River near San Josecito beach. While not very mature in its development, a few Sierpe residents have begun kite-boarding at the mouth of the Rio Guaramal. Sea kayaking is another great option for ocean recreation.