Student Groups & Service Learning


Drake Bay Backpackers recently hosted 15 high school students from Tacoma Public Schools for a week-long program of activities and service learning. The students took part in cultural, environmental and community-based projects which were coordinated by the hostel staff as part of a custom package. Tacoma School of the Arts …

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Reopening Deals at Drake Bay Backpackers

WIN A FREE NIGHT After two months of renovations, Drake Bay Backpackers has reopened and to celebrate, we are announcing special competitions and offers for holiday-makers. Through the hard work of locals and volunteers, our facilities are better than ever, featuring: • Single, Double and Family rooms for up to …

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Drake Bay and Corcovado Myth Busters

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Finding reliable information online about traveling to Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park can be difficult. One of the most common problems that we hear about is that there is conflicting information about the area, the transport options and the tours that are available. There are many out-dated blogs and …

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What is Eco-Tourism?

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In Costa Rica, the word eco-tourism or eco-lodge gets used very frequently to describe all different kinds of accommodation. So, how do you know if the hotel or hostel you are booking really is environmentally friendly? One of the first things you can check is if the hotel has certification …

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Volunteers Flock to Drake Bay

Drake Bay Volunteers

Our sea turtle conservation program in Drake Bay is more popular than ever this year. This week we celebrated our 70th volunteer in just two months- the same number of volunteers that we had in the whole of last season! With more than three months left to go, this year …

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Turtle Season Begins in Drake Bay

Drake Bay Volunteering

Drake Bay Backpackers and the Corcovado Foundation are excited to announce the official beginning of our turtle nesting season. This week, our first wave of volunteers arrived and got straight to work on the first night patrols of the year. They will also be helping to build the hatchery, improve …

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Group Bookings Available Now!

Cooking Class Drake Bay

We were pleased to welcome two groups to Drake Bay this week; from the Humane Society International (HSI) and Berkley University. HSI came to stay at Drake Bay Backpackers with others from the Corcovado Foundation to take surveys of our local community for a research project on attitudes towards wildlife, …

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Non-profit hostel opens up the Osa.

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Drake Bay, Costa Rica has just become more affordable for budget travelers with the opening of Drake Bay Backpackers, a non-profit hostel charging as little as ten dollars per night. The newly-renovated hostel is located on the site of the Corcovado Foundation’s sea turtle conservation program and has been used …

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