Drake Bay, Costa Rica
The Drake Bay Vibe
Drake Bay (also known as Bahía Drake in Spanish) is not the easiest to get to, which means that it tends to be much more peaceful than other areas of the country.
There are only about 1,000 residents who live here.
Here you can expect relaxed nature vibes backed by thick jungle and tons of wildlife.
The big draw here is the proximity and easy entry to Corcovado National Park, one of the most biologically diverse places in the world.
Map Of Drake Bay
Drake is located on the Osa Peninsula. It is about as far south as you can get in Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast.
Drake Bay at a Glance
Nearest International Airport
Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose
Popular Things to Do
hiking in the national park, surfing, snorkeling
Best Way to Get Around
Rental car, walking in the downtown area
Best Time of Year to Visit
Dry season is from late December until mid-April
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Getting to Drake Bay
Your best option for getting to Drake Bay, Costa Rica is to fly into San Jose International Airport. The full name is Juan Sanatamaria International Airport. And the airport code is SJO.
If you haven’t booked your flight yet, we suggest using Skyscanner. We consistently find the best rates through their website.
From the San Jose airport, it will take you about six hours to drive to Drake. This is a really nice drive because it is a well-maintained road that winds down the coast past several other beach towns.
Just make sure that your GPS directs you along the coastal road by Jaco and Manuel Antonio and not through the mountains. The trip through the mountains is rough!
If you need a good place to pull off for a quick lunch along the way we suggest stopping in Dominical.
It is about halfway into the drive and really easy to pull off into Dominical from the main road. There is a cute fish and chips shop called Pescado Loco that makes some great fish tacos located right in the downtown area. If you would like something different, there are several other restaurant options as well.
We suggest dropping your car in Sierpe and taking the ferry to Drake Bay.
The ferry departs every day at 11:30am and 3:30pm. It departs from Hotel Oleaje Sereno. You can spot it by the big sign which says DONDE JORGE on the roof.
The ferry costs $15 per person in the morning and $20 per person in the afternoon.
The boat ride takes about one hour.
If you rent your car with Adobe, just put in “Uvita” as your drop-off location in your booking. In the comment section of the booking form, state that you need the car picked up in Sierpe. It will be about a $20 charge but an Adobe representative will meet you to take the car.
Alternatively, you can park your rental car in a secure lot for $10 per day. This is probably your best option if you plan to continue your travels after visiting Drake Bay.
We suggest using Adobe for your car rentals because they are the most trustworthy rental car company in this country (in our opinion) and we have a 10% discount for you. You can read more about renting a car here.
It is possible to drive all the way to Drake Bay, but the road is unpaved and there are several river crossings. We definitely do not suggest this during the rainy season. If you opt to do this, you will need a 4×4 vehicle with decent clearance.
Another option is to take a domestic flight from San Jose to the Drake Airport.
This usually isn’t the cheapest option, but it is the fastest and easiest way to get here.
Getting Around in Drake Bay
Drake Bay has a small downtown area with a grocery store and a few restaurants. This area is easily walkable.
However, you probably won’t be spending much time there.
For day tours, you can opt for tours that include transportation from your hotel.
Pro Tip: Rent a car with Adobe through our site and you will get a 10% discount plus other great perks! Score! You can find out more about it here.
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Drake Bay Weather
This area follows a similar weather pattern to the rest of the Osa Peninsula area.
You can expect hot and dry weather from the end of December until April or May. This is Costa Rica’s dry season.
After that, the rainy season begins.
During the rainy season, there are afternoon rainstorms that roll in every day around 2 pm for a few hours.
From September until December the weather becomes unpredictable. You may have days that are complete washouts and other days with perfect weather.
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Aguila de Osa Rainforest Lodge – A beautiful eco-hotel with an ocean view. We like this place because it is possible to upgrade to have all your meals included. The food is delicious and the staff is the best.
Sunset Lodge – A nice rustic lodge with a waterfront view. We like this place for its cleanliness and great staff.
Hotel Finca Maresia – The big draw here is the owners. Johnny and his wife will go above and beyond to make sure your stay is perfect. They will pick you up from the ferry and are happy to organize any tours you may be interested in. The hotel is also very nice.
Hotel Jacamar – This place is super cute. The staff is excellent and the rooms are clean and well maintained.
Hotel Casa Gitana Corcovado – This place has simple rooms, but the staff is excellent. We also like this place because it is possible to upgrade your stay to have all meals included.
Hotel Margarita – A nice hotel with a pool. Rooms are simple but clean and have everything you could need.
Drake Homes & Villa Rentals
We always love renting a home or villa for our vacation. This gives you more privacy and allows you the flexibility to cook your own meals.
Note: We try to only ever suggest places with good cancellation policies, but always double check before booking.
Casa Claro del Bosque – A remote and rustic 3 bedroom home. This is a great place to be surrounded by nature.