Today, Puerto Jiménez is a vital center of commerce for the peninsula. Puerto Jimenez is home to the regional airport connecting the Peninsula with all of the main destinations in Costa Rica and is located next to the town. Most of the residents and businesses in the Matapalo and Carate area have some office presence in town and purchase supplies and fuel here.
Located near the shores of the Gulf of Dulce, the quiet town of La Palma is just minutes away from some of Costa Rica's best wonders. The area has a laid-back atmosphere with a small friendly population providing an abundance of amenities here including restaurants and multiple small shops to pick up necessary items. It is a short 20-minute drive to downtown Puerto Jimenez by car on a good asphalt road and a 5-minute drive to the pristine beach at Playa Blanca on the Golfo Dulce.
Carate is situated on the Pacific side of the Osa Peninsula in the southern region of Costa Rica, approximately 43 kms from the commercial center and airport located in downtown Puerto Jimenez. Surrounded by lush green tropical primary rainforests, beaches and more wildlife that you can imagine, Carate is often referred to as one of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets.