The Golfo Dulce
The Pacific ocean is a beautiful, constant, and integral part of life in Punta Banco. We are located at the southern tip of the Golfo Dulce, looking out both across the gulf to the Osa Peninsula and south to open Pacific waters. The area is home to an abundance of marine life. Sea turtles, dolphins and whales among many other species frequent the coastal waters, and local fisherman bring fresh catch to market several times a week.
At low tides, the beach is perfect for walking, exploring tide pools, fishing, and sunbathing. Unlike much of Costa Rica, few tourists visit the beaches this far south, making it a perfect spot for stargazing and beach fires instead of noisy nightlife.
Finally, as with many beautiful and complex marine ecosystems today, the Golfo Dulce is threatened by reckless commercial fishing practices. Pretoma is the leading organization which fights back against these disappointing trends and we encourage any and everyone to support them in their efforts in any way possible to preserve the natural beauty of this area. More importantly, our beach is now home to a very inspiring community-run conservation project – The Punta Banco Turtle Project. Meet these steadfast sea turtle defenders here in Punta Banco, help release hatchlings, come to one of our annual fund raising parties, and consider adopting a sea turtle nest!