Drake Bay Costa Rica, 5 Memorable Wildlife Encounters ideas.

Corcovado Rain Forest dramatical

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Long gone are the days when I had the opportunity to enter the Osa Peninsula on the south Costa Rica coast. I was just a child then; now I’m 60. Back in those days, there was no road, and you had to enter by boat via Sierpe or Puerto Jimenez. Drake Bay was just 10 to 20 houses and one tiny store.

During that time, the Peninsula was almost lawless. It was the Gold Rush era, and artisanal miners, fugitives from justice, and abundant prostitution owned the place.

The presence of gold, which you could extract right from the riverbanks, attracted thousands of people who ventured deep into the jungle.

I roamed around there in those days, trying my luck. The memory of that journey was an impressive jungle, incredibly biodiverse, yet with a lot of environmental destruction.

I still remember the epic lines of mothers and fathers walking through the mountains until nightfall, in the rain, all in search of a better destiny for their families. It was the 70s.

Times change, for the better in this case. Most of it was declared a national park, the miners disappeared, and nature reclaimed its place. Today, it is indisputably one of the most remote and preferred destinations for nature-loving travelers, respectful of the environment and sustainable practices.

I still remember the epic lines of mothers and fathers walking through the mountains until nightfall

Today, it is the most beautiful place in the world for me. That’s why I want to tell you about the five activities you can’t miss if you come to the Osa Peninsula.


1. Corcovado National Park.

The park has 41,788 ha comprised mostly of rainforest, mangroves, swamps, and 46 km of sand beaches. It has more than 6000+ insect species, 500+ forest species, 367 avian species, 140 mammal species, and many more.  To enter the park, you have to purchase your entrance way ahead of your trip, the capacity for tourists inbound to the park is strictly controlled and limited. You have to enter under the certified guide. Once inside, everything is adrenaline rush, the zone is called something like a biodiversity atomic bomb. A classical tour will look like the One-day Corcovado tour.

This is the official Corcovado National Park site.

2. Whale and Dolphin Watching.

Drake Bay is known for being an excellent spot to observe humpback whales and dolphins. Organized boat tours from locals,  allow visitors to witness these majestic marine mammals up close in their natural habitat.

Keep in mind that the whale-watching season in the Drake Bay region usually occurs from July to October. This period coincides with the annual migration of humpback whales to the warm Costa Rican waters to breed and give birth. During these months, the waters of the region are fueled with whale activity,  it is the best opportunity to witness their impressive acrobatics and mating behaviors.

However, please be advised that whale watching is always subject to nature and may vary depending on weather conditions and other environmental factors. It is recommended to consult with local tour operators for updated information on the best times and places to spot whales in Corcovado.

3. Snorkeling at Isla del Caño.

Isla del Caño, a paradise of marine biodiversity, is a popular destination for snorkeling and diving. You will see Dolphins, tropical fish, rays, sea turtles and much more. Immersing on that water will leave a long-lasting impression.

4. Mangrove Tour.

Kayaking or boating tours through the mangroves of Drake Bay offer a unique perspective of Costa Rica’s coastal ecosystems. You will feel almost lost in a long almost interminable and intricate labyrinth that only locals know. On that trip, you will watch crocodiles, water birds, monkeys, and the health of marine habitats

5. Night Jungle Hike.

This is a must. When the night falls, most of the rainforests live revive. Frogs, their calls, their colors, their sizes, you will never see something like that. Just stop, listen to the forest, and record the sounds with your phone. Believe, is the best of life. Just don’t try to do it alone, there are plenty of dangers for the one that does not know the jungle. Return safely, please! More details on such tours are here.

The best time to visit Drake Bay and Puerto Jimenez.

If you love the sun and beach, December through April definitely will be the best time to visit Drake or Puerto Jimenez. The downside is that the park entrances are full and limited. After April, the crowd diminished and the green season started, Indoubly you will get delicious rain. From October to the beginning of December, it is dangerous to visit the zone due to the influences of Atlantic hurricanes and floods.

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