Golfito is located in the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica, just north of Panama. It is also the official point of entry and exit for Costa Rica.
Golfito has been permanently settled for more than 1,200 years by the Bruncas Indians. When the Spanish explorer Ponce de León arrived here in the early 1500’s along with Spanish settlers, they only found a small village. For most of its history, Golfito has been a small, quiet village.
Later in 1938, Golfito was officially created as the product of an expansion of United Fruit Company (Chiquita Bananas). For most of the 20th century, it was a prosperous trade center and considered the “banana capital” of Central America. This ended in 1985, when the major fruit company pulled out of the region. The town derives its architecture and culture from that fifty-year association and it retains much of that rich flavor, as well as inhabitants from many countries and cultures.
The area also boasts some of the most beautiful national parks and protected wilderness areas. These natural wonders and the rapid development of the ecotourism industry are helping to revive the region and boost the local economy.
More and more travelers are attracted to visit the nearby national parks, reserve areas and botanical gardens. Visitors can get a chance to explore some of the world’s most pristine beaches (Pavones Beach) or take boat trips around Golfo Dulce (Corcovado National Park) and the beautiful rivers, and estuaries nearby.
The sport fishing in Golfito is another enticing activity where anglers have the chance to land black marlin, blue marlin, and sailfish in a single day.