Drake Bay - Costa Rica

Drake Bay is named after the English voyager Sir Francis Drake, he anchored in this bay in 1579 on his sailing trip around the world.

One can reach Drake Bay from Sierpe on the river Sierpe by boat or from Rincon by car. The river Sierpe and its countless side arms form the largest mangrove area in central America, many endangered species like the almost extinct Harpy Eagle (Águila Harpía) live here. A small landing strip is located north of Agujitas, a big part of the villagers are of Native heritage. Visitors in search for some souvenirs should have a look at the knitted materials that are made in traditional ways.

As is the case with the entire Osa Peninsula the fauna and biodiversity of Drake Bay is impressive. Toucans, Scarlet Macaws and Humpback Whales can be easily observed from here. On a trail that passes cacao and coffee plantations one reaches the southern part of the bay and the mouth of the river Agujitas. This is a excellent location for snorkeling, swimming or to explore the virgin forest by kayak of canoe.

On jungle tour like Sir Francis Drake...

Following the path you reach other beautiful beaches, the last beach is Playa San Josecito which borders Corcovado national park. Again a good location for swimming and snorkeling. Some of the hotels here have their own boats and offer half and full day fishing tours to their clients. Popular excursions are snorkeling or diving trips to the coral reef at Cano Island. With turquoise blue waters and colorful coral reefs Cano Island is one of the best snorkeling and scuba diving spots in Costa Rica.

Hiking trips to the Corcovado National Park are possible, too.

Drake Bay Beach on the map

Drake Bay on the map

Facts about Drake Bay, Costa Rica

  • Drake Bay is located in the province of Puntarenas.
  • Drake Bay is named after the English Voyager Sir Francis Drake.

Driving times and distances

  • Distance from San Jose to Drake Bay: 384.8 kilometers respectively 239 miles.
  • Travel time from San Jose to Drake Bay: 7.41 hours.
  • Distance from Liberia to Drake Bay: 466.9 kilometers respectively 290.1 miles.
  • Travel time from Liberia to Drake Bay: 9.09 hours.