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Drake Bay

Drake Bay

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  • Summary: Eco-tourism hotspot; unparalleled wildlife watching and almost year-round dolphin and whale watching.
  • Landscape: Beaches, Rainforest
  • Attractions: Cano Island, Corcovado National Park, Punto Rio Claro Wildlife Refuge, Wildlife
  • Activities: Bird & Wildlife Watching, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Hiking, Mangrove Tours, Sport Fishing
  • Caters to: Couples/Honeymooners, Families, Wildlife Enthusiasts

Cradled in the hills above verdant coastline, Drake Bay is one of the most remote and peaceful destinations in Costa Rica. The town, which is situated on the Osa Peninsula’s northern tip, is officially named Agujitas, but is commonly referred to as simply Drake, or Drake Bay. Celebrated for its wealth of natural beauty, diverse wildlife and unique ecology, the area is a must see for eco-travelers.

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This tranquil village offers easy access to the staggering amount of wildlife inhabiting Corcovado National Park, which can be reached by boat via the Sirena or Pedrillo Stations in less than an hour. Nearby Cano Island is a biological treasure, located just 12 miles from the mainland. Visibility is almost always great, even on overcast days, allowing snorkelers and divers exciting encounters with sea turtles, large schools of jack and needle fish and whitetip reef sharks.

Wildlife watching in Drake Bay is unparalleled. By simply stepping out of the hotel room, visitors might cross paths with monkeys, coatimundis and colorful poison dart frogs. Scarlet macaws and multihued toucans dot the sky while sloths and kinkajous are frequently spotted in Drake’s lush rainforest canopy. Dolphin and whale watching is excellent during the months of December-April and July-October, when large numbers of humpback, pilot and beaked whales pass through the scenic bay.

Drake has adventures for every traveler, from hiking and horseback riding, to action packed sport fishing and canopy tours. It would take at least two weeks to experience all of the activities the area has to offer. For those who prefer to relax beachside, the isolated shores of Playas Cocalito and San Josecito are just a short walk or boat ride away.

Downtown Drake is composed of little more than a beach and a handful of restaurants, tour operators and small convenience stores. Most of these establishments are locally run and within walking distance of popular accommodations. Hotels located farther away provide boat taxi transfers to town and local attractions.

Many hotels offer all-inclusive packages to guests, which generally include three meals per day, airport transfers and a lengthy list of daily activities to choose from.

Accommodations range from backpacker pads to luxurious resorts – all of which are unique and full of character. Travelers should note that Drake does not have banks or ATM machines. Most hotels accept U.S. traveler’s checks and credit cards, but make sure to inquire in advance.

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