Drake Bay Backpackers is located 6 km (15 minutes by car) from the main tourist area of Drake Bay (known as Agujitas). Our city offers a totally different experience to travelers who really want to immerse themselves in Costa Rican rural culture and life in the jungle. In addition to offering all the classic tours that can be obtained in Agujitas, we have many other unique activities of the rural community available. We are located 20 minutes walk from the nearest beach, which offers the best view to see the sunset of the entire Drake Bay. Free transfer is provided for those arriving by plane to Drake Bay Airport, and a taxi transfer service is offered for those arriving by boat for $ 20 round trip per reservation group.
Both Skyway and Sansa offer daily flights from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose to Drake Bay (weather permitting).
For those guests who wish to volunteer for the Corcovado Foundation, it is possible to provide a special discount pass for Skyway flights (the ticket is subject to availability); Contact Drake Bay Backpackers for more information about this opportunity.
Two boats / boats leave every day from Sierpe (near Palmar Norte) to Agujitas (Drake Bay) at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
From San José, you can take any bus that goes to Palmar Norte (5.5 hours) leaving the TRACOPA terminal or you can take the Alvarez and Morales Transportation service directly to Sierpe.
In Palmar Norte you can take a taxi to Sierpe. A “collective” taxi is much cheaper ($ 4) than a private one (up to $ 20). The boat trip (1 hour) costs $ 15- $ 20.
When you arrive at Agujitas (Drake Bay), you can take a local taxi directly from the beach to the lodge, please be sure to tell us which boat will arrive!
From San José take the coastal road (via Quepos, route 34) or the mountain route (via San Isidro and Buenos Aires, routes 2 and 237) to Palmar Norte, before continuing on the Pan-American Highway (route 2). ) towards the border with Panama. In Chacarita, turn towards the Osa Peninsula towards Puerto Jiménez (route 245). In Rincón de Osa, turn west on the unpaved road and follow the signs to Drake Bay. Once you have passed through the village of Rancho Quemado, you will pass through the last mountain range and begin to see the sea. Immediately after the third river that crosses you will see the hostel on your left, recognizable by a large sign that says Drake Bay Backpackers.
Note: There are three rivers to cross and some steep ramps, so it is highly recommended that you have four-wheel drive. It is not recommended to travel at night.