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Drake Bay

Practical information on Drake Bay

  • Relaxation
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Island
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
Three and a half hours by car from San José
When to go
In the dry season from January to April
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of Drake Bay

Alicia Munoz Seasoned Traveller
87 written opinions

Bahia Drake is a small coastal village on the Osa Peninsula as well as Corcovado National Park's only "tourist attraction". 

My suggestion:
The best time to go there is during the dry season. I recommend doing the walk that begins at Bahia Drake and heads towards the beaches on the southern part of the Osa Peninsula (takes around three hours).
My review

It's a bit like being at the end of the world, though complete with all the things we tourists require: restaurants, hotels, cabinas and numerous luxury hotels, all usually hidden away behind the local vegetation (the plus side).

Visiting this region is by far my best memory of my trip to Costa Rica It is adventure with a capital A here. At the beach at Bahia Drake, which is lined with coconut palms and virtually deserted, you could imagine yourself in the world of Robinson Crusoe. It's an ideal place for walks amongst tropical vegetation and for observing wildlife, especially whales and dolphins etc. These can often be observed in the bay and around Isla del Caño, a small local island.

Where surfing is concerned, there are some exceptional spots around the mouth of the Sierpe River. 

Alicia Munoz Seasoned Traveller
87 written opinions

Bahia Drake is a small coastal village on the Osa Peninsula as well as Corcovado National Park's only "tourist attraction". 

My suggestion:
The best time to go there is during the dry season. I recommend doing the walk that begins at Bahia Drake and heads towards the beaches on the southern part of the Osa Peninsula (takes around three hours).
My review

It's a bit like being at the end of the world, though complete with all the things we tourists require: restaurants, hotels, cabinas and numerous luxury hotels, all usually hidden away behind the local vegetation (the plus side).

Visiting this region is by far my best memory of my trip to Costa Rica It is adventure with a capital A here. At the beach at Bahia Drake, which is lined with coconut palms and virtually deserted, you could imagine yourself in the world of Robinson Crusoe. It's an ideal place for walks amongst tropical vegetation and for observing wildlife, especially whales and dolphins etc. These can often be observed in the bay and around Isla del Caño, a small local island.

Where surfing is concerned, there are some exceptional spots around the mouth of the Sierpe River.