Wild and remote Drake Bay sits on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula and can only be reached by boat or plane. There is a small airport near Drake Bay that you can fly into from San José or you can take an adventurous two-hour boat ride from the small town of Sierpe. There are plenty of nature-rich activities to do while staying in this slice of paradise.
At high tide, Rio Aguitas is an ideal kayaking river. The calm waters are home to relatively small crocodiles (Rio Claro is where the big ones tend to reside) and other reptiles, a variety of bird species, and a spectacular forest scene. This peaceful outing can be done without a guide, but you definitely want to make sure you go around high tide, as the river starts to become too low to kayak the further away you move from the full tide. Most hotels rent kayaks and can inform you on the best time to paddle up river.
Playa San Josecito is agreed by many to be the most beautiful beach in the Drake Bay area. This U-shaped beach is the absolute perfect cove to spend the day at. The beach is lined with almond and palm trees and host to beautiful scarlet macaws. The crystal-clear water is ideal for snorkeling and swimming. You can get to this beach by boat, but it’s most rewarding to hike there. The hike from Rincon de San Josecito takes about two and half hours.
Terraba-Sierpe National Wetlands is home to the largest mangrove forest in Central America. The wetlands stretch out over nearly 29,000 hectares and within that incredible space are intricate river systems, which is why a boat tour is really the only way to explore this unique ecosystem. The bird and wildlife watching here is extraordinary.
A great way to spend the day while in Drake Bay is to go zip lining through the tree tops and observe the rainforest from above. The Drake Bay Original Canopy tour is an exciting canopy tour and adventure park. There are nine platforms that vary from 10 to 33 meters above the canopy, six traverse cables, nine suspended observation walkways, and an opportunity to go rappelling. Seeing the rainforest from above provides a rare perspective.