Drake Bay Overview
Located in the Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas, Drake Bay continues to be one of the most isolated but fascinating places to visit in Costa Rica. The bay’s main town is Agujitas, which has a small population of about 1,000.
It is believed that the name of this bay is related to Sir Francis Drake, a 16th-century sea captain who discovered this place back in 1579 during a trip around the world.
Getting to Drake Bay
Due to its remote location, the most recommended way of traveling to Drake Bay is by air. There are daily domestic flights from either the Juan Santamaria Airport (in Alajuela) or the Tobias Bolaños Airport (Pavas).
These charter flights will take you directly to the airstrip at Drake Bay, and you can expect a 45-minute trip.
Many tourists also decide to take a flight to the airstrip located at Palmar Sur, and if you opt for this option, once in there you will have to take the local bus or a taxi through banana plantations and make it to the small village of Sierpe (about 15 minutes away).
There you will need to take a boat which rides for about 25 miles before making it to Drake Bay.
Although it can be a really tiresome trip, you can also make it to Drake Bay by car.
And if you decide to drive, then you’ll have to take the Inter-American Highway, and passing Cartago; about 3 hours of distance, you will find the city of San Isidro de El General.
From there you need to make to Dominical Beach and take the Costanera Sur Highway all the way to the town of Palmar Norte.
Once in there, you need to take the road to Chacarita, from there to the village of Rincon, and from there to Drake Bay.
If you wish to take the bus in downtown San Jose, then you’ll have to take the one that goes to Palmar Norte, and then take another bus to Sierpe. Once in there, you will need to pick a boat to Drake Bay.
Note: Since most lodges are located far from each other, it is recommended that you arrange your accommodation before making it Drake Bay, as it won’t be easy for you to go from hotel to hotel to find a room.
What to Do in Drake Bay
An interesting activity is to take a boat trip to Isla Del Caño, which is located about twelve miles from Drake Bay.
At that place, you will see the famous Costa Rican stone spheres, which are believed to have been carved by the natives of this area during the Pre-Columbian era.
Although just a few animals live on that island, the coralline reefs surrounding it are full of life and are the main reason why tourists decide to come here, being this one the country’s favorite spots among scuba divers (both experts and amateurs).
Corcovado National Park
Visiting Corcovado National Park is another popular activity among visitors; as here you’ll have the chance of spotting many species of mammals (140 approximately).
The four types of Costa Rican Monkeys (Spider Monkey, Howler Monkey, Squirrel Monkey and the White-Faced Capuchin Monkey).
More than 380 species of birds, and more than 120 species of reptiles and amphibians.
It is recommended that you ask your hotel to arrange a guided tour for you.
If you want to pass on the scuba diving, you can also try Sports Fishing, which is another very popular activity in the area.
Horseback rides are also available and are perfect for those who want to explore the many deserted beaches at Drake Bray.
Important Numbers and Websites:
- Municipalidad: http://www.gobiernolocalosa.go.cr/
- Buses: 2221-4214
- Palmar Sur Hospital (San Jose): 2786-6204