Where can I find a secluded getaway?
While the legend of buried treasure has attracted many to Drake Bay, the spoils of notorious pirate Sir Francis Drake pale in comparison to the region’s vast natural treasures. On the north side of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay is one of Costa Rica’s most secluded destinations, where the exploits of its 16th Century namesake were preceded by the presence of a pre-Columbian ancient civilization.
Today, Drake Bay is an escape for those seeking adventure and/or relaxation, with a plethora of activities including hiking, sport-fishing, tubing, kayaking, horseback riding and treetop canopy tours. It is also home to some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the country courtesy of the colorful sea life of the Caño Island Biological Reserve, a 740-acre swath of protected lands with hiking trails and an uninhabited island where migrating dolphins congregate just off of its shores.
In the midst of lush rainforests and turquoise waters, the Drake Bay region is home to some of the most upscale lodges in Costa Rica. Largely secluded, access to Drake Bay can be an adventure on its own via two-hour water taxi service from the town of Sierpe. Alternatively, there are daily 45-minute flights to a nearby airport from the capital city, San José.
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