Drake Bay

Drake Bay

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Drake Bay at a Glance

Ideal for:

  • Nature Lovers
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Adventure Seekers
  • Luxury Travels

 

 

Nearby Activities: 

  • Bird & Wildlife Watching
  • Dolphin & Whale Watching
  • Hiking
  • Mangrove Tours
  • Sport Fishing
  • Diving  & Snorkeling

Nearby Attractions: 

  • Cano Island Bilogical Reserve
  • Corcovado National Park
  • San Pedrillo Waterfalls

Fast Facts

Region: Osa Penisula and The South Pacific
Landscape: Beach, Lowland Rainforest
Closest Airports: San Jose International Airport (SJO), Drake Bay airstrip
Altitude: Sea Level
Average Temperature: 71-93°F (23-34º C)

Drake Bay, or Bahia Drake as it is also locally known, is located in the northern part of the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Osa is the most remote region of the country, and for this reason it’s favorite among tourist who are in tune with nature and ecology. Osa, and the Corcovado National Park were said to be the most Biological Diverse Region of Earth by National Geographic! There are now beautiful lodgings in the Drake Bay area, including resorts and eco-lodges, all in harmony with their surroundings. This bay was named after Sir Francis Drake, who discovered it during his voyage around the world, in the 16th Century.

Drake Bay is the adventurers-explorers’ dreamland. There are few places on earth offering such natural bliss and peace. The scattered lodges and hotels blend in marvelously with their surroundings, making it the ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing place, away from the maddening crowd and rush. There are however so many to-dos as well; exploring this area is so rewarding—discover miles of deserted coastline and pristine beaches. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain bike riding and hiking are all on the menu. Also, go sports fishing, whale and dolphin watching or bird watching.

Attractions & Places to See

Activities & Things to Do

Wildlife & Nature

With its tropical climate and outstanding flora and fauna, Drake Bay is ideal for those who love to explore an untouched jungle. There are very few experiences that surpass the joy of walking through the trails of a majestic rain forest. The sounds, the smells, the sights are unique. Drake Bay is one of these vacation-of-a-lifetime destinations, for an unforgettable experience in beautiful Costa Rica.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Osa Peninsula is during the dry season, which runs from January through April, has reliable sunny weather with little to no rainfall. During the green season (May through August) afternoon showers are common but you will get the best value for your money, as lodges drop their rates significantly. Avoid September and October as the most of the lodgings are closed during these two rainiest months of the year.

Where to Stay

Drake Bay and the surrounding area are known for their luxury, eco-lodges, environmentally responsible accommodations that combine modern luxuries with an authentic tropical experience, nestled right in the heart of verdant forests.

Restaurants and Nightlife

As lodges are usually remote to each other and approachable by boat only, you will most likely have all meals included in your stay. This is not an area boasting vibrant nightlife, other than in the dense jungle behind you!

How To Get There

Getting to Drake Bay is an adventure in itself. Most rewarding experience is getting there by boat, which are available in the nearby small town of Sierpe; the two-hour boat trip on the River Sierpe is fabulous, as you spot myriads of birds, animals while advancing through lush green vegetation.

By air: Both local carries fly to Drake Bay. The flights last 50 minutes and depart once a day (inquire with Sansa/Nature Air).

By bus: There are no direct buses from San Jose to Drake Bay. The best option is to take the bus from the TRACOPA station in San Jose to Palmar Norte. From here, it is a short taxi ride to Sierpe, which costs about $15. From there, the boat taxi to Drake Bay is only an hour long.

By car: From San Jose, take the Interamerican Highway south through San Isidro del General, past Dominical, and down to Palmar Sur. Take right at Chacarita (the entrance to the peninsula). The Rio Rincon crossroad is 35 km past Chacarita. From this crossroad the west branch will take you to Drake (20 miles/30 km).

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