Golfito and the beaches

Tiny in comparison to the Golfo Dulce, the diminutive Golfito built its success on the long and sheltered bay that lines the town. These perfect conditions saw the town flourish as a major banana exporting port when the United Fruit Company set up operations in the 1930s. Bust followed boom and the company pulled out in 1985 leaving behind the skeletal remains of a once-prosperous town. Golfito (population 15,157), stretched long and thin between the coastline to the west and steep, forested hills to the east, still seems a little on the skinny side. With bare bones showing, it's difficult to warm to the place and you'll probably be just passing through to get somewhere else -
the Osa Peninsula, northern beach resorts or Playa Zancudo and Pavones to the south. The affluence
and services that do remain owe their success to the tax free zone or
depósito
libre set up in 1990. Ticos and resident expats travel half way across the country to get items at about 60% of prices in the capital - what a bargain!

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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