Location and Travel
Pleasantly isolated on
the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Drake Bay lies on the northernmost
point of the Osa Peninsula. Claimed by many as one of the most
beautiful regions in the world, the Osa Peninsula is where the Costa Rica of
legend still exists. With eighty per cent, or 430,000 acres of the
Osa Peninsula protected by Corcovado National Park and private forest
reserves, the region stands as one of the last great tracks of unspoiled
primary rainforest in Central America. To this day, Corcovado, along
with the majority of the peninsula remains roadless. This, along
with government and grass-root protectionism, has shielded the region from
development and over-domestication.
Given its remote
location just north of Corcovado, traveling to Drake Bay - while not
difficult - is certainly more involved than other eco travel destinations.
With your extra effort, however, you will be rewarded with the lushest
scenery, the richest biodiversity, and the most exotic vacation destination
in all of Costa Rica.
convenience, all Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet vacation packages include
round-trip transportation from San Jose to Drake Bay.
Air Transport to Palmar Sur:
first leg of your travel itinerary begins with a morning flight to Palmar
Sur. This 40-minute flight offers spectacular vistas of the rainforest
and southern Pacific coastline.
note: There is a strict 25 pound maximum luggage weight allowance per person
on the flight. We recommend
traveling with only a small pack for the Drake Bay leg of your Costa Rican
itinerary. Hotels in San Jose offer safe, dependable luggage storage
for the rest of your bags.
Taxi Transport to
Sierpe: After touching down in Palmar Sur, a taxi will be
waiting to transport you to the sleepy riverside village of Sierpe. On
this somewhat bumpy 25-minute ride, you'll pass through a large expanse of
banana and African oil palm plantations.
Boat Transport to Drake
Bay: Once in Sierpe you'll begin the maritime leg of your
journey - a 25 mile boat ride to Drake Bay. This hour and twenty
minute ride will take you first through the Sierpe-Terraba Mangrove Reserve,
the largest mangrove reserve in Costa Rica. With a keen eye and the
help of your captain, you may spot caimans, iguanas, and certainly a variety
of water birds along the river's edge. Then on the final twenty minutes of the trip, you'll
pass through the mouth of the Sierpe River and onto the blue Pacific. The
passage is spectacular with stunning views of Caño Island and the Osa
Rainforest Hike to The
Chalet: As your captain pulls into Drake Bay, a
Rainforest Chalet representative will be there to greet you and escort you
to your tropical retreat. Depending on your captain's point of entry,
the hike back to the chalet is normally a seven minute rainforest walk
from our beach-side landing. When local conditions necessitate,
however, we pier-dock the boat. From the pier, the chalet is a
twenty minute rainforest walk away. For your convenience, Drake
Bay Rainforest Chalet will transport your luggage.
Bay Rainforest Chalet you will be treated to a warm welcome and a cold
tropical cocktail. Following a brief introduction to the chalet, a
delicious three-course lunch will be served. Afterwards, paradise is
yours to explore.