Drake Bay

Gateway to the Corcovado National Park and Caño Island

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Drake Bay

Visiting Drake Bay

Drake Bay is located on the Southern Pacific of the Osa Peninsula, in the province of Puntarenas. Drake Bay was named after Sir Francis Drake, who discovered it in 1579. While it is a popular destination, it is a difficult place to get to in Costa Rica. You either have to take a boat ride on the Sierpe River or take a short domestic flight from San Jose.

Drake Bay is considered one of the most beautiful regions in the world with a variety of beautiful beaches, lush rainforest and biodiversity. Thanks to the nearby Corcovado National Park and Caño Island there are endless adventurous, relaxing and family friendly activities available in Drake Bay. Horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, sunbathing, sport fishing, bird watching and hiking are just a few things to do in Drake Bay. It’s remote location yet magnificent beauty and diversity make the trek to get there completely worth it! 

Highlights

Corcovado National Park

Hiking 

Corcovado National Park Tours TapirCorcovado is one of the best national parks in Costa Rica for seeing wildlife. There several adventurous hiking trails to choose from and you’re guaranteed to up close and personal with monkeys, tapirs, iguanas, hundreds of bird species and peccaries. You MUST have a guide to hike in Corcovado National Park. 

Camping 

Drake Bay BackpackersCamping is very popular in Corcovado and an eco-tourist’s dream. You can make arrangements at the park’s headquarters and research center, La Sirena. There are multiple camping spots available and each has it’s own unique set of hiking trails. 

Wildlife

Corcovado TucanCorcovado has all 13 major ecosystems making it a perfect host to a myriad of exotic wildlife. Get ready to see thousands of insect species, hundreds of bird species, all four monkey and sea turtle species and over 40 frog species. You might also see crocodiles, tapirs, peccaries, snakes and butterflies! 

Caño Island

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

Cano Island Snorkeling child snorkeler

Dive into the crystal blue waters around Caño Island for a scuba diving adventure of a lifetime. The coral reef is a great place to spot marine life. Lucky divers will see manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles, puffer fish, whale sharks and more! 

 

Water Activities

Beach Drake BayBetween dozens of hidden beaches and lagoons, Drake Bay is the perfect place for water activities. Go swimming, kayaking, sport fishing and horseback riding on the beach! 

Tips

Visit between December-April 

December-April is the dry season in Drake Bay and a great time to see the area without getting to wet. However you’ll find less crowds and cheaper hotel rates during the rainy season (May-November). 

Be prepared for poor cell service: 

Because of its remote location, the communication in Drake Bay is very limited, and you must take this into account; the signal for cell phones is often poor, and many people communicate via radiophones or shortwave.

Stay hydrated: 

The sun is strong in Drake Bay. Make sure to bring a water bottle and a lot of sunscreen! 

Pay attention to beach safety: 

Watch for riptides on the beach. Ask your hotel staff or local guides about safe places for swimming in the area. 

Getting There

Closest International Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport

sansa airline airportAs a destination, Drake Bay is off the beaten path where naturalist explorers and marine life lovers find their ideals as they indulge into Costa Rica’s finest natural wonders. Getting to this remote corner of Costa Rica to reach Corcovado and the Osa Peninsula is an adventure in itself. The most practical way of reaching this area is by domestic flight. Although many visitors catch a boat in Sierpe that will drift down some impressive coastal wetlands and spill into the ocean neighboring Drake Bay. 

Dining

Marisquería Corcovado SeafoodYou will find a wide variety of food that everyone in your family can enjoy in Drake Bay. For a traditional Costa Rica casado, try Soda Mar y Bosque Restaurant. If you want great seafood, eat at Drake’s Kitchen, Casa el Tortugo. For a mix of Mexican, Costa Rican and seafood, eat at Margarita’s Marisqueria! 

Where to Stay

La Paloma Lodge PoolThere are a wide variety of picturesque Hotels in Drake Bay Costa Rica to choose from, most of which offer “all-inclusive packages” since accommodations, tours, meals and some transportation included.   They offer packages with pick up services by boat from one of the neighboring towns. All magnificently located with views over the ocean, surrounded by lush vegetation and wild animals and brightly colored birds. For an eco-friendly luxury accommodations, stay at the Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge. For a secluded, rancho-style hotel stay at La Paloma Lodge.

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Over 6 hours away from the Capital, San Jose, it’s quite a trek to get to Drake Bay. You won’t regret when you see the beautiful beaches and diverse wildlife! 

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Drake Bay Vacation Packages

Get ready for en eco-tourist vacation in Drake Bay! You’ll go on adventure tours, see wildlife and swim in some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. 

Costa Ballena Exploration

Costa Ballena Exploration

9
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Extended Stay

Extended Stay

13
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Full Board Birding Trip!

Full Board Birding Trip!

8
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Perfect Combination with Corcovado

Perfect Combination with Corcovado

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Extended Costa Rica Southern Package

Extended Costa Rica Southern Package

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Nature & Wildlife in Costa Rica!

Nature & Wildlife in Costa Rica!

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.

Drake Bay Hotels

Hotels in Drake Bay are perfect for those interested in ecotourism! World-class service at hotels that care about the environment. 

Aguila de Osa Inn

Aguila de Osa Inn

4
From: Over $300
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

4
5
From: Over $300
Copa de Arbol

Copa de Arbol

4
From: Over $300
Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

3
From: Over $300
Hotel Jinetes de Osa

Hotel Jinetes de Osa

3
From: Under $125
Hotel Rancho Corcovado

Hotel Rancho Corcovado

3
From: Under $125
La Paloma Lodge

La Paloma Lodge

4
From: Over $300

Drake Bay Tours

Are you feeling adventurous? Go hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and more on Drake Bay tours! 

Caño Island Snorkeling

Caño Island Snorkeling

From: $75 - $100
Scuba Diving Caño Island

Scuba Diving Caño Island

3
From: Over $100
The Bug Lady Night Tour

The Bug Lady Night Tour

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