Golfito is known as a rootin tootin wild west type of town. Anybody that visits this area should use the caution when out and about, especially after dark. The main reason for this general lawlessness is the proximity to the border and Golfito being the largest populated port town in the region.
On the plus side, Golfito is probably the best sport fishing destination in Costa Rica. Many record billfish have been taken by boats from this town.
Piedras Blancas National Park is located just north of Golfito. This is an impressive park with many species of wildlife. Many compare it to the famous Corcovado National Park (located on the opposite side of the gulf), which a writer for National Geographic magazine named as the most biologically diverse place on the planet.
Weather and packing list
The South Pacific is a region of vast contrasts in weather. Temperatures remain the same nearly year round with average day time highs in the upper 80s to low 90s and night time lows in the upper 70s. Precipitation varies by month with the months of December through April being the driest.
Visitors should pack a bathing suit, towel, shorts, tee shirts, appropriate shoes, rain gear, sun block, and insect repellent.
Fun Fact: Most of Golfito was built by the United Fruit Company who utilized the port as their primary center for exports.