National Geographic once called Costa Rica’s 700 square mile Osa Peninsula “the most biologically intense place on earth” because more than 700 species of trees, 463 species of birds, 140 mammals, and 25 species of dolphins and whales can be found in the verdant expanse. With the highest concentration of jaguars in the entire country, more Scarlet Macaws than almost any other place on earth, and countless turtle nesting sites, the off-the-beaten path destination is a dream come true for nature lovers.
Now, a 3,300-acre swatch of the peninsula has been listed—and it offers waterfalls, freshwater springs and creeks, verdant rainforest, pastureland with a herd of heritage Brahma cattle, and a mile of sugary beachfront. The eastern half of the property is a forest reserve, but the remainder of the property can be developed—perhaps as an eco-resort or a glass house that offers 360-degree views of lush treetops and azure waters.
It’s a bit of a trek (most travelers fly into San Jose and take a five- to six-hour ride to the peninsula), but the remote region is well worth the extra time and effort it takes to get there. After all, where else can you see 2.5 percent of the entire planet’s biodiversity in your backyard? The property has been listed by Hall and Hall; it can be yours for $24 million.