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Drake Bay is a city in Osa Peninsula region of Costa Rica.

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Corcovado National Park is the main attraction. There are 3 primary ranger stations which serves as the entry point into this park. Tour guides are highly recommended. "Dry Season" is a subjective term. Be prepared to get your shoes soaked and hike through ankle deep mud.

NOTE: You can only access San Pedrillo Ranger Staion on Foot from Drake Bay. There is a trail to Sirena but it's almost 30 km on the beach, with 2 big river crossings and NO shade. Your Lodge will take with a Boat to Sirena.

San Pedrillo: Closest entry from Drake Bay. It is accessible by either a 4 hour hike or 1 hour boat ride from Drake Bay. Boats can be arranged with your hotel. The hike comprises of beach and mountain hikes. You will also walk past various eco-resorts. There is a beautiful waterfall with a great swimming hole near this station. Ask the ranger for directions or guide to take you there.

Sirena: 2.5 boat ride or 8-10 mile hike. Please be warned hike from Drake Bay to Sirena ranger station is considered extremely strenuous and difficult. The stretch between San Pedrillo and Sirena is mostly beaches with almost no shade. You can camp at the Sirena Station which has showers and wide decks to sleep to keep you out of the rain. NOTE: Ask Sirena Station for food when you apply for a permit. They can arrange a light meal for you for a nominal fee. Very beautiful hikes around the area and highly recommended.

La Leona: Most Southern ranger station.

Los Patos: Only accessible by 2 hour car ride from Drake Bay. If you are hiking this to the beach, it is almost all decline and will take up to 7-8 hours to the beach. Better approached from Puerto Jimenez or Carate, not Drake Bay unless by plane.

There is also the Cano Island Biological Reserve. The scuba diving can be cloudy but the snorkling is excellent. It is about 1.5 - 2 hour boat ride from Drake Bay.

The little town is off the grid and very quiet, but walking around can make for an interesting afternoon.

AGUJITAS (Main Town Drake Bay): You can do the poisonous Dart Frog tour with Martin.

LOS PLANES: The little town of Los Planes is around 5km from Agujitas. It's a rainforest town with a lot of jungle hikes and a perfect spot to horseback. Check out Naguala Waterfall, refresh yourself in the natural pools and fish some tilapia. They also offer Restaurant Service. Oro Verde, is Alfredo's Place, a Rainforest Hermit who lives in the middle of the Jungle and has the biggest collection of 70' rock music in the area! Tesoro Verde has a own private 12 Hectares Reserve.

ALONG THE COAST: If you keep walking along the coast to the direction of San Pedrillo Ranger Station you will pass many secluded beaches where the rainforest meets the ocean. Coatis, Anteaters and Monkeys are often seen. At Rio Claro River mouth, lives "Clavito" who rents out kayaks to paddle up river. The next beach is called San Josecito and is a perfect place to Snorkel as there is a rock formation which forms a calm bay. There is a coral reef so bring your mask!

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Activities

Snorkel at Cano Island. Hike at Cano Island to see pre-Columbian stone spheres. Take a Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour. Scuba Dive in the Caño Island Biological Reserve. Fishing. Swim and Boogie board. Surf. Birdwatching. Hike in Corcovado. Sea kayak, in Drake bay and on the Rio Agujitas. Horseback Riding.

Food

It is best to eat at your hotel. There are not many restaurants in the small town of Drake Bay. There is a bar on the hill (called "la gorra," or "the cap") that offers a limited menu. There are several small Sodas in Agujitas which offer mostly local food and fresh fish.

Drinks

The bar of your hotel. This is a very small and quiet town. La Jungla Bar, locally called "Tureca" is a friendly bar which serves good drinks and plays nice music. They have outside balcony with a view right into the rainforest. Across the street you will find Jade Mar, which serves drinks and food.

Shopping

There is not much to buy, other than souvenirs from your hotel.

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