Carate is a beautiful area on the Osa Peninsula. It’s famous since it’s the closest town to Corcovado National Park, and it is located at the “end of the road” from Puerto Jimenez leading to the park. Most visitors to the Osa Peninsula are interested in trips into Corcovado National Park. From Carate visitors start the hike into Corcovado National Park and La Leona / La Sirena Ranger Station. La Leona Ranger station is around 3.5 km from Carate.The town of Carate is the ideal place to stay while exploring the surrounding area – there are plenty of hiking options even without entering the National Park. Most biodiversity of the park can be seen in Carate as well, such as scarlet macaws, Baird’s tapirs, jaguars, sloths, and even the endangered squirrel monkey. As with most of Costa Rica’s national parks, the hiking here is amazing.
Carate is close to the coast, so visitors can enjoy a day of lounging in the sand at Playa Madrigal or a swim in the nearby Pacific Ocean. Off the coast in the open ocean there is great sport fishing.
The best way to get to Carate is by plane, as the town has its own small airstrip. There are charter flights available to and from San Jose, which take about an hour. However the most common airport used is in Puerto Jimenez which is about 2 hours drive from Carate by car.
In Carate we offer several vacation rentals such as Casa Lapa and Casa Iseami.