Drake Bay Costa Rica

Southern Pacific
Province of Puntarenas

Drake Bay Costa Rica

Drake Bay Costa Rica is located on the Southern Pacific Coast, in Osa Peninsula. It is considered one of the most beautiful regions in the world with a variety of beaches, lush rainforest and biodiversity. Thanks to the nearby Corcovado National Park and Cano Island there are many adventurous and family friendly activities available. Drake Bay is one of the top locations to spot humpback whales in Costa Rica. Diving, horseback riding, snorkeling, bird watching and hiking are just a few other things to do in Drake Bay.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Drake Bay Beach Trail
The trail follows the coastline within the rainforest. Discover pristine beaches along the way , Playa Cocalito,  Playa San Josecito are only a couple. This hike experience is memorable and one you can do at your own pace.

This kayaking adventure goes to Rio Agujitas, where calm waters allow you to fully take in the surrounding jungle and just listen to the sound of the wildlife around you. The river eventually opens up to a bay on the sea, giving you the opportunity to also do some sea kayaking.

Drake Bay tours to other destinations nearby

Snorkeling at Isla del Cano
Cano Island is a biological reserve located 20 km off the coast of the Osa Peninsula. Although the island itself is off-limits to visitors, the gorgeous marine reserve surrounding it is the perfect place to snorkel or scuba dive. The coral reefs surrounding the island are home to many different species of fish. There’s also a high chance of spotting other turtles, sting rays, morays and white-tip reef sharks.

Whale and Dolphin tour
You will encounter many species of dolphins and whales that live in the warm blue waters of the Osa Peninsula. The Drake Bay marine area is loaded with pods of dolphins and has one of the longest Humpback Whale seasons on the planet. Whales can be spotted year round but high season for Humpbacks begins near the end of July and lasts until the end of September.

Corcovado National Park
Venture through the primary rainforest of Corcovado National Park. You will have the chance to see many diverse animal species, birds, reptiles and amphibians. It’s one of the most important national parks in Costa Rica and is home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity.

Location and Map

Flying is the fastest, most hassle-free way of visiting Drake Bay. Costa Rican domestic airlines offer daily flights from San Jose to Drake Bay and Palmar Sur. The Drake Bay Airport is just ten minutes from Drake Bay. Flights from San Jose are about 45 minutes long. When driving from San Jose to Drake Bay you will take the Interamericana Highway south through San Isidro del General, past Dominical, and down to Palmar Sur. Once you reach Chacarita, follow the signs for another three hours through Rincon de Osa and on to Drake Bay. The journey will take approximately 8 hours. A four-wheel drive vehicle is mandatory for this route.

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