- Summary: Serene small river town with the 1940's Costa Rican life's charm; largest mangrove forest in Costa Rica with ancient stone spheres; family-friendly destination; great for nature enthusiasts
- Landscape: Rainforest, mangrove forest, river canals
- Attractions: Sierpe–Terraba Mangrove Forest, Sphere Park, Corcovado National Park, Caño Island, Violin Island
- Activities: Boat bird & wildlife watching, snorkeling or diving trips; hiking jungle trails, seeing the 2-ton 1,500 B.C.-mysterious stone sphere
- Caters to: Budget or independent travelers, families, wildlife enthusiasts
- Quick Facts: 167 miles from San Jose ; Average Temperature: 68-95°F ; 39 feet above sea level
Hedged by more than 66,850 acres of protected, undisturbed mangroves that are intertwined with river canals and tropical rainforest on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Sierpe is the closest location to launch into the Osa Peninsula, Caño Island and the Corcovado National Park.read more close
Sierpe draws adventure seekers looking to explore its mangrove wildlife, uncover the mysteries of the two-ton 1,500 B.C.-mysterious stone sphere, trek the Frog Trail at the twilight's last gleaming or Corcovado National Park, snorkel in Caño Island shore and walk or picnic on the beaches of Violin Island.
Offshore on the Pacific Ocean, those who have a wanderlust dive with white-tip reef sharks and stingrays, snorkel among schools of colorful coral and tropical fish in Caño Island, or chase migrating whales or dolphin pods on boat tours.
Fishermen lure Sierpe for the best of both worlds: fresh- and -salt water fishing from a boat, taking advantage of the surf fishing available or Pacific Ocean fishing, all offering memorable sportfishing during the same visit.
Kayakers and stand up paddlers explore the pristine waters of the Sierpe River that follows narrow canals parallel to the main street of this nature's paradise reflecting the history going back decades.
Frozen-in-time, serene and unpretentious, Sierpe revels itself in its small town 1940's Costa Rican life's charm along the south bank of the Sierpe River on the fringe of its mangrove forest, quite aware it has nothing to prove to you. The town's slow pace is soothing, no traffic, one park, one bus stop, a few restaurants and bars and it is easy to get around since most things can be reached on foot.