This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Bahía Drake. To help you make friends with Bahía Drake before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Drake Bay, or Bahia Drake, is a city in the southwest part of Costa Rica. It is situated on the Osa Peninsula, one of the most deserted parts of the country. The town is scattered through a large rainforest and jungles of mangrove trees. the Corcovado National Park covers the majority of the peninsula. This is one of the most famous national parks and forest reserves in the country.
Bahia Drake features a large principal beach called the Playa Colorada. You can typically find hostels near it and within walking distance of the beach. Other accommodations, like hotels and boutique resorts, are also located in the town if you do not want a hostel. The hostel owners are friendly and give affordable prices if you can pre-book the rooms.
Since there are no ATMs in the city, and credit cards are not widely accepted, it is highly recommended that you come with cash. It is a step away from civilization, a sensation felt as soon as you arrive there, due to the ever-present wildlife that cannot be witnessed anywhere else. The best place to see the flora and fauna is at the Corcovado National Park, where you can see the Baird’s Tapir in its natural habitat, as well as other rare species.
You can also visit Cano Island from Drake Bay. It is about sixteen kilometers off the coast of the town and is completely uninhabited. It is known for activities like scuba diving and snorkeling, along with many rare species of marine life like dolphins, whales, and reef sharks. Once an old trading post for the indigenous people of the country, it is now an archaeological site.
If you are in the mood for a walk on your own, the hike to the beach of San Josecito is a good getaway. It is about three hours away along a jungle trail leading away from the south of town. There are many hidden jungle beaches along the way. The trail is a good way to unwind and get in touch with nature.
Written by local enthusiast for Bahía Drake hostelsJakob Lombardi