Distance from San José

168kms/104miles from San José (approximately a 3 hour drive). From there you can board a river taxi that will take you down the Sierpe River (a 2 hour boat ride) and out into Drake Bay.

Great for:

Nature Lovers, Birdwatchers, Photographers.

Drake Bay, located in Osa Peninsula, is the ideal destination for those searching for adventure. The bay bears its name from Sir Francis Drake, who is believed to have visited this part of Costa Rica’s coast in the 16th Century.

Drake Bay is perfectly remote, with only a few lodges and inns scattered throughout. This makes it the perfect place to truly get away from it all. Nonetheless, this does not mean you will get bored. There are a great number of activities you can participate in while visiting the region.

The natural landscape of this region is stunning. It boasts a staggering bio-diversity not only in its exuberant rainforests but in its turquoise tinged waters. Because it is so remote and has very little development, the opportunities it offers for wildlife spotting are unique. Consequently, the main natural attraction in the area is Corcovado National Park, one of the prized jewels of Costa Rica’s national park system. The closest entrance to the park from Drake Bay is San Pedrillo Ranger Station (around 16kms/10miles down the coast). Embarking on a hike on one of the park’s many scenic trails is the best way to explore this striking jungle that has been described as “the most biologically intense place on Earth” by National Geographic Magazine.

Drake Bay is the perfect headquarters for exploring the surrounding region. Other places you can visit while in the area include Punta Río Claro National Wildlife Refuge (bordering with Corcovado), a 1235acre/500ha reserve that protects both beach habitat and marvellous humid forests. Heading farther south along the bay is Campanario Biological Reserve, where a small educational centre offers courses in Neotropical Ecology.

Another highly recommended natural attraction is Caño Island Biological Reserve, located 16kms/10miles offshore. The waters around this island offer some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving sites in the whole of Costa Rica. Once the outpost of an aboriginal civilization, these days the reserve protects 740acres/300ha of unspoiled habitat. A number of boat tours to the island are available from Drake Bay; these provide great opportunities for whale and dolphin watching along the way.

Sunny season from November to May

Rainy season from June to October.

Usually, in the rainy season it only rains in the afternoons

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