Drake Bay

"drake basin aerial view"

Drake Bay is a remote and beautiful destination located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, offering an abundance of natural wonders, pristine beaches, and wildlife encounters. It is named after the English explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who is believed to have visited the area in the 16th century.

Drake Bay is known for its rich biodiversity and natural beauty. It is the perfect base to explore the wonders of the Osa Peninsula including the breathtaking Corcovado National Park, which is considered to be one of the most biologically intense places on earth.

Apart from exploring the Corcovado national park, there are many other activities to do in Drake Bay, such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking, fishing, and whale watching. The waters around Drake Bay are home to a wide variety of marine life, including sea turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, and whale sharks. There are also several small islands nearby that can be explored by boat.

Since Drake Bay is a more remote destination it is not very touristy giving visitors the chance to experience and enjoy local cuisine and traditional Costa Rican hospitality. Nonetheless the town is fairly developed and has many accommodation options for travelers including small hotels and lodges.


Plan your visit

How to get there:
To get to Drake Bay you first have to reach Sierpe. Sierpe is a small town that sits along the Sierpe river. You can either drive to Sierpe or take a bus and both journeys take around 5 hours from San Jose. Once in Sierpe you have to pay for a delightful and scenic boat ride from Sierpe to Drake Bay.

Bus options from San Jose to Sierpe:
The buses from San Jose are managed by Tracopa. Tel.: 2221-4214. The price for a one way ticket is $12 USD.

Departure time options from San Jose: 8:30am
Return time options from Sierpe: 7:30am



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