Drake Bay is an attractive area and a popular destination on the Osa Peninsula. Explorer Sir Francis Drake is believed to have visited the bay in March of 1579, and there is a monument of this event at Agujitas Point. From Drake Bay, several excursions are offered to surrounding attractions, including Corcovado National Park and Caño Island.Diving, hiking and horseback riding are popular activities. There are several opportunities for sportfishing, canoeing and kayaking as well. Drake Bay offers some of the finest wilderness lodges in Costa Rica.
Agujitas, Costa Rica
This small village is found on Drake Bay and features a few cheap accommodations. Often, visitors choose to visit the village for a meal or refreshment and interact with the local residents.
San Josecitas Beach
This beach is a port of entry and features several accommodations. Cruise ships often moor at this port of call for day visits. Activities here include swimming and snorkelling.
Surrounded by primary rainforest, this private botanical garden is owned by self-taught botanists, Ron and Trudy MacAllister. The gardens feature a large collection of tropical fruit trees, cycads, bromeliads, palms, heliconias and ornamental plants.Also featured are over 100 varieties of orchid, for which the garden is named. Guided tours encourage "touching, feeling, smelling and tasting" in order to fully experience the gardens.
The mangrove areas along the Sierpe River present excellent birding opportunities. Hiking is good along the riverbanks.
The small village of Sierpe lies on the banks of the Sierpe River, about 30km/18.6mi from the Pacific Ocean. Sportfishing excursions are popular in this area.