Drake Bay Hotels in Costa Rica

Best Drake Bay Hotels and Attractions

Drake Bay was named after the legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake, historical records suggest he visited the area in the late 16th century, possibly anchoring near Caño Island for repairs and supplies.

Drake Bay is a tropical paradise where rainforests meet the ocean’s edge, framing the bay in a verdant embrace. This stunning location serves as the gateway to the wonders of Corcovado National Park’s San Pedrillo Ranger Station and offers exceptional snorkeling and diving adventures at Caño Island. Drake Bay also boasts some of Costa Rica’s most luxurious eco-lodges, perfect for immersing yourself in this natural splendor.

Best Things to Do in Drake Bay

Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park, described by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on Earth,” offers incredible experiences. Excursions can be led from San Pedrillo Ranger Station in the park’s northern section. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you into the dense jungle comprising primary and secondary forests and introduce you to the area’s highlights. One trail leads to a large waterfall, perfect for capturing photos or enjoying a relaxing moment.

For direct access to the treasures of Corcovado National Park on foot, look no further than the unique Corcovado hotel located next to the park Corcovado Wilderness Lodge. Considered one of the best Drake Bay hotels, it offers the perfect starting point for your rainforest adventures.

Caño Island Biological Reserve

Explore Caño Island, a marine wonderland off Costa Rica’s coast! Enjoy a scenic 1-hour boat ride, spotting whales and dolphins with a sprinkle of luck. Snorkel coral reefs teeming with colorful fish right from the ranger station. This full-day tour offers a unique blend of wildlife and relaxation.

Adventure awaits at Aguila de Osa Lodge, a top Drake Bay hotel perfectly positioned for exploring Caño Island’s diving and enjoying snorkeling adventures.

Sierpe Mangrove

The Terraba and Sierpe rivers host the largest mangrove system in Costa Rica. Here on a boat safari you have the opportunity to observe a great diversity of ecosystems and their associated wildlife and is a perfect tour for birdwatching enthusiasts.

Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

The warm waters just off the Osa Peninsula are home to a variety of resident and migratory whales and dolphins, making them an ideal location for viewing these magnificent marine mammals. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the natural history of humpback whales and dolphins alongside expert guides.

Horseback Riding

Explore Drake Bay on horseback! Ride on scenic trails, on beaches, or trek through rainforests. Witness breathtaking Pacific views and hidden waterfalls. Your guide unveils Costa Rica’s wonders: colorful birds, sloths, monkeys, and lush flora.

La Paloma Lodge, a premier Drake Bay hotel, puts you close to the wonders of the Osa Peninsula.

Sea Kayak

Paddle alongside your guide as you explore diverse ecosystems by kayak. Glide near the shore, marveling at Drake Bay’s wild beauty, or venture into tranquil coves teeming with marine life.

Wildlife Observation in Drake Bay

Drake Bay is the best gateway to Corcovado National Park, mainly to San Pedrillo Station. Hiking the park trails gives a chance to see plenty of wildlife and opportunities to learn about the rainforest dynamics.

Possible animals and birds to find in San Pedrillo Corcovado: Scarlet Macaws, toucans, parrots, monkeys, Three-toed Sloth and Two-toed Sloth, Tamandua Anteater, Baird´s Tapir, peccaries, agouties and coatis, tayras, pumas and jaguars-although shy and elusive are sometimes possible to see!

Caño Island offers incredible wildlife encounters. Look for whales and dolphins, and dive into a vibrant underwater teeming with colorful fish. With a bit of luck, you might even spot sea turtle or other marine wonders.

How to Get to Drake Bay

  • Private Transfer by Bus: While Drake Bay is accessible directly by land, the most common route involves reaching Sierpe and taking a one-hour boat trip. San José is approximately 250 kilometers (155 miles) from Sierpe. Our private bilingual drivers will take you there in a comfortable private transfer, lasting approximately 5 hours.
  • By Plane: For the quickest and most scenic journey to Drake Bay, take a domestic flight from San José Airport. Alternatively, for a more personalized touch, charter a flight from any private airstrip in Costa Rica.

Visit Drake Bay with Costa Rica Sun Tours

Your Costa Rica adventure awaits at Drake Bay! Abundant wildlife thrives outside your lodge door, and a convenient airport is just a 20-minute drive away. With endless opportunities for exploration, Drake Bay is the perfect starting point for your unforgettable Corcovado adventure. Let us craft the personalized itinerary – contact us today!