Drake Bay, or Bahía Drake

Drake Bay, named after Sir Francis Drake, who visited there long ago, is on the Pacific coast just past the mouth of the Sierpe River. On arrival, our small taxi boat turned to face the sea about 50 meters off the beach and the captain cut the engines. A short distance down the beach, another taxi boat was doing the same and two men disembarked in neck-deep water, one carrying a small backpack above his head. We were concerned. We had luggage.

After a few perplexed moments, however, the captain slowly backed towards the beach while a couple people held the boat against the waves in knee-deep water and we were able to disembark without incident. Although there is a road, Bahía Drake is inaccessible by land during the rainy season (thoughtfully referred to as the “green season”). Thankfully, the local technique for getting on and off boats works quite well.

Drake Bay is a wonderful place, remote and full of interesting life. For the next few days we would use it as our base as we explored Isla del Caño and Corcovado park as well as the forests of Drake Bay itself. Our base camp, the lovely Jinetes de Osa, was terrific. Also, we discovered that if you stop by the bar area for a beer in the afternoon they make nachos for you.

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