Welcome to Drake Bay Backpackers
Looking for an authentic, unique and off-the-beaten track hostel in Costa Rica’s remote Osa Peninsula? Drake Bay Backpackers is the place. Our hostel supports the environmental programs of the Corcovado Foundation. We provide travelers with a genuine Costa Rican experience! Located in the tiny village of El Progreso, Drake Bay, 15 minutes drive from the tourist center, we offer all the classic tours available in town such as Corcovado National Park and Isla del Caño, with the addition of real community and eco-tourism activities. You can learn how to make empanadas with a local family, watch the sunset from the best vantage point in Drake Bay, participate in environmental education classes with the kids, make coconut oil, milk cows, go fishing for your supper, swim at hidden waterfalls, language swap with the locals and much more.
The Corcovado Foundation
Drake Bay Backpackers was created to support sea turtle conservation, environmental education and sustainable tourism programs in the Osa Peninsula, it is owned by the Corcovado Foundation and under private management, since May 2017
A large part of the proceeds from the hostel go towards our environmental programs and provide income to the local community. The hostel is still the home of the Corcovado Foundation and particularly of our environmental education program. You might run into some of our children that are participating on educational activities, one of our volunteers or program coordinators. Feel free to asks us about our programs, we will be happy to share with you our excitement.
We also strive to share the benefits of tourism with our community by: employing talented local people; supporting local businesses and families; and offering unique activities and tours right here in our village. Here at the hostel, we separate our recycling and offer a collection station for wider community use. We treat our gray water with a bio-garden system, build from sustainably sourced materials, compost our organic waste, and use all biodegradable cleaning products. You can find out more about our programs by visiting our website.
Enjoy a guilt-free vacation in Drake Bay, knowing that every dollar you spend is making a difference! Stay with us!
Why Choose Drake Bay Backpackers?
Drake Bay Backpackers opened in 2014 as the first in Drake Bay offering affordable accommodation to backpackers, Costa Ricans and budget travelers. Since then, we have worked to improve our facilities, activities and services to create a truly remote jungle paradise for our guests. Although we are located 20 minutes walk from the nearest beach, you are almost guaranteed to have it all to yourself, and you won’t find a better vantage point to watch the sunset in all of Drake Bay! Whether you want to splash out on Corcovado National Park and Isla del Cano; enjoy free hikes; learn about local culture and environment with local guides; participate in volunteering; or simply hang out in a hammock- our small team will welcome you to the family and provide you with all the information you need to have the experience you are looking for! Our hostel is different than others you will find in Drake Bay with a large common area, huge self-catering kitchen, hot showers, laundry service, BBQ area, and more. You can read about our rooms and prices here.