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Bahia Drake (Drake Bay)

Bahia Drake gets its name from Sir Francis Drake, who is believed to have stopped here in 1579. Legend has it that Drake buried his treasure on nearby Violin Island, and news of this supposed booty has actually contributed to the development of Drake Bay. The area saw its first big influx of settlers during the gold rush of the 1930s, but only really began to develop within the last 20 or 30 years when U.S. citizens and other foreigners started buying up large amounts of land. To protect the region, the government started enforcing the law that anything that has already been built cannot be expanded. The government also imposed strict environmental rules that prohibited, for example, the use of vehicles on the beach or the removal or relocation of sand. In certain areas, if you are caught walking outside of the designated pathways you can be banned from visiting for up to seven years.

Neighborhoods in Bahia Drake (Drake Bay): Around Drake Bay,

Other places nearby Bahia Drake (Drake Bay): Parque Nacional Piedras Blancas, Parque Nacional Corcovado, Pavones, Coco Island National Park, Golfito, Cabo Matapalo, Sierpe, Puerto Jimenez, Carate and Ciudad Neily.

By Laura Granfortuna
I've always had the travel bug - maybe it's because I've been traveling around with my family since I was an infant, but mainly I think it's because...
13 Mar 2009

Things to do in Bahia Drake (Drake Bay)

Snorkeling and Diving

The majority of snorkeling and diving excursions take place around Isla del Caño because of the island's corals and the diversity of marine life they attract. Isla del Caño is one of the best dive ...
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica


Most kayak excursions in Drake Bay will be limited to leisurely paddles down the Sierpe river, but Corcovado Expeditions and a few of the local lodges also offers sea kayaking and sometimes ...
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Horseback Riding

Many of the hotels and tour operators around Drake Bay offer horseback rides that last between a few hours to half a day, taking visitors along the beach and through the rainforest. Some horseback ...
Horseback Riding
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica


You can do a little self-guided hiking around Agujitas, but the big hiking destination near Drake Bay is Corcovado National Park. The simplest way to hike through Corcovado is by guided tour, ...
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Sport Fishing

Drake is known for great sport fishing. The waters here are full of sailfish, tuna, shark, dorado, mahi, marlin, red snapper, rainbow fish and roosterfish, among others. Fishing is one of the most ...
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Nighttime Insect Tour

Drake Bay's original insect tour was created by etymologist Tracie Stice, “The Bug Lady,” although other local guides have since created their own excursions. Tracie's tour lasts 2.5 hours, ...
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Dolphin and Whale Watching

Whales migrate to Drake Bay from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres to calve, which makes the bay a fantastic place to go whale watching. You see dolphins and whales here year-round, but the ...
Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Costa Rica

Canopy Tour

The canopy tour, located in nearby Los Planes, consists of nine platforms and six cables which take you flying more than 300 feet through primary rain forest. This is the only set of lines in the Osa ...
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