Drake Bay, Costa Rica, is along the northern edge of the Osa Peninsula, the smaller of the two western peninsulas in Costa Rica. Drake Bay is becoming more developed, as the area has become more accessible and its beauty is becoming more noticed.
Drake Bay was named after Sir Francis Drake, the first English navigator to sail around the world. This outpost was only accessible by foot until recently, when a dirt road was built to bring power to the region.
But just as this area is becoming more accessible, Corcovado National Park alongside it is becoming more accessible too. The area that was once a very remote wildlife protected jungle is facing too much tourism. Newly required permits, reservations, and higher fees are in place now as obstacles to access the Corcovado National Park area. Drake Bay’s beautiful beaches and its nearby jungle have made this an attractive place to develop new lodging.
Fishing, diving, and kayaking expeditions from this area are now becoming more common as the area develops. Diving expeditions from Drake Bay to the biological reserve of Isla del Cano make a pleasant, one-hour boat ride. This island is ringed with tiny beaches and acres of coral-covered rock reefs and colorful tropical fish fifty feet from the park headquarters. Historically, this island was a cemetery for indigenous people. It was also used as a refuge for pirates. Steep trails lead through a forest to ancient stone spheres, but currently the island is closed to visitors. Only snorkeling tours just off the island are available.
An easy-to-walk-along, scenic coastal footpath starts just south of Drake Bay village and cuts between dense jungle on the land side and crashing surf on the Pacific side. Drake Bay is off the beautiful coast of Playa Colorada.
Drake Bay is commonly accessed by taking a motor boat trip from the town of Sierpe along the Sierpe River. It is an adventurous way to access this remote area. The shores of the Sierpe River are lined with mangroves whose branches and roots support a healthy ecosystem.
Drake Bay is a beautiful destination in itself or as a jumping off point for any exploration the Osa Peninsula. Your Drake Bay, Costa Rica hostel will be a wealth of information how to make the most of your visit to this unique place.
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