- Updated On:
- October 22, 2021
Drake Bay is situated in southwestern Costa Rica on a tract of land called the Osa Peninsula. The Osa is quite remote, and aside from one other hub (Puerto Jimenez on the eastern side), is comprised of only small towns and villages spread out among bountiful rainforest and mangroves. Corcovado National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most famous and biodiverse parks, covers a significant portion of the land and attracts scientists and nature enthusiasts from around the globe.
Although during certain times of the year it is possible to drive to Drake Bay, we do not recommend it because of rough roads and river crossings that would not be covered by your rental car agreement.
Activities in Drake Bay
Once you arrive in the village, nature surrounds you. Drake Bay is the kind of place where you could swing in a hammock all day and still see more amazing wildlife than almost anywhere else in the world. But to make the experience even better, there are lots of outdoor activities that will show you even more. Once you arrive, you will see that a car will not be especially useful anyway since almost everything is accessible by walking on the beach, through the jungle, or along the few dusty dirt roads. Corcovado National Park
For those looking to see wildlife, Corcovado is a must. This huge 417 sq. km. (161 sq. mile) area of protected primary and secondary rainforest will awe you with its grandeur. Corcovado is one of the only places in Costa Rica where you can see all four native monkey species and is also home to Central America’s largest land mammal, the Baird’s Tapir.
You can explore this remote park on a multi-day trekking trip, but most travelers visit just for the day. Tours leave by boat from the main beach early in the morning and arrive at either the San Pedrillo or Sirena Ranger Stations. A registered guide will lead you though the trails for a half-day hike, helping you spot rare birds and animals, all while teaching you about the forest.
Read about our experience spotting amazing wildlife at Sirena Ranger Station here. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Cano Island
From the shores of Drake Bay, you can just see the shape of Cano Island offshore. These 300 hectares (741 acre) uninhabited island is ab Hiking to Playa San Josecito
Those looking to do some exploring on their own might enjoy the long (2.5 hrs. each way) hike to Playa San Josecito. San Josecito is also a great snorkeling beach so be sure to bring along a mask to explore the reefs.
This remote beach can be accessed by walking along the jungle trail at the south end of town (follow signs) that weaves onto several secluded beaches. In the jungle surrounds, you are likely to see lots of birds and even animals like lizards, monkeys, or coati (a raccoon-like animal). You will have to wade through or take a small rowboat across the Rio Claro before finally ending up at this amazing beach, but it is totally worth the effort. Out 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Drake Bay and is known for great snorkeling and scuba diving.
Beautiful coral reefs and ledges showcase amazingly large schools of colorful fish. Some people even get lucky enough to spot dolphins or whales during their visit. On our last snorkel tour, we spotted a whitetip reef shark near the ocean floor!
Cano Island is also an important archeological site and was once a burial ground and trading post for Costa Rica’s pre-Columbian indigenous cultures.
The best option for getting to Drake Bay is to take a boat taxi from the mainland town of Sierpe. This is a great experience that we have really enjoyed ourselves. These boats are about 20 feet long and covered for shade. They leave from the small riverside town of Sierpe and bring you down the beautiful Sierpe River, through mangroves, out to the ocean, and along the coastline to Drake Bay.
The village of Drake Bay sits on the Pacific side of the peninsula but is well protected from ocean swells due to its position in a wide cove.
Just off the town’s main beach, are a handful of tourism businesses, including small restaurants, lodges, and a few municipal buildings like a school and medical clinic. Other accommodations are spread out along the coast in either direction or nestled into the hills. Some of these are accessible by only a jungle trail or short boat ride.
It is well worth the trip and you often have the added value of seeing dolphins, whales, or sea turtles. You cannot drive to Drake Bay. The only options are to fly in or take a boat from Sierpe.
Set among the largest, most biologically diverse section of lowland rainforest in Central America is the magical destination of Drake Bay, Costa Rica. Here, you will forget all the stresses of your everyday life. With jungle full of exotic wildlife and warm ocean waters that are a playground for marine life, it is hard not to feel at peace and connected to nature. While this remote village is not a destination for everyone, if you are the type of traveler who smiles instead of squeals when a gecko scurries across your wall, Drake Bay might be perfect for you.
One of the most undiscovered pristine areas of Costa Rica.
A diamond in the rough
Land Prices still are reasonable.
If you want to hide yourself from the world and start a new life, this is the place. Naked in the jungle.
Lots of wildlife.
There are 4 properties for sale.
We are selling a 50-ha mountain secondary and primary forest with some slopping flat areas and about a 10 min walk up the hill from the dive center in the center of drake bay with various deep river valleys, springs. Lots of wildlife and suitable for a sustainable location for a green boutique Hotel. There are some terraces available for building green. Lots of wildlife and wildlife corridors.
Price $1 per meter $500.000
We are selling a 6-ha property beach front, only 400 meters of beach as a concession, has water and electric, a small decent care takers house and a couple other cabins to develop with best view of Drake Bay and 5 min. to airport. Little infrastructure of road structures, two hills with fantastic views, 10% Forest, dividing river with little pier
Price $10.00 per meter Price $600.000.
We are selling 17.5 ha beach front, with 400 meters of beach, maritime zone of 50 meters, with 300 meters of estuary frontage and various flatten areas as a mixed development and suitable for construction of hotel. This is the most complete property of them all. About 6 to 8 terraces from 200 to 450 meters, some areas are natural forest about 40%, mountain area, across the estuary from drake airport, possible hill views. Possibility for a little pier and kayak access.
Price $14.42 per meter price $2.000.000
We are selling a 9-ha concession property beach front at east end of Drake, With 200 of sandy beach. 20% of secondary Forest, 50 meters of Maritime zone, a well, nice view from the top also.
Price $10.00 per meter $900.000