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Travel Guide To Drake Bay Costa Rica Beaches, Parks And Waterfalls

Drake Bay Costa Rica is located in the Osa Peninsula and is known as one of the most remote and peaceful places in the country since it can only be accessed by boat. It is also pretty popular among the people interested in eco-tourism for being so close to the famous Corcovado National Park.

Live crocodiles and the scarlet macaws in Carara National Park
Miles of beautiful coastline Tortuga Island and all of its marine life

Drake Bay Costa Rica Beaches

sunset in drake bay costa rica

Jaco Beach

Jaco Beach, Costa Rica is 3 Kilometers of sandy beach, this popular spot is great for both novice and connoisseur surfers. Its year-round beach breaks and accessibility to other nearby surf spots make it a great home base. With some serious riptides, lifeguards man the towers during high season, even so, take caution when swimming in Jaco Beach.

Playa Hermosa

Beautiful beach is the exact definition of Playa Hermosa, and it holds true. With wide gray sanded beaches and white surf, Playa Hermosa is not only known for its tranquility, but also for being the biggest beach break (after Dominical) on the country’s Pacific Coast. The ten-kilometer beach is part of Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge. Experienced surfers from all around the globe gravitate to this place, still preserved from overdevelopment, to experience the incredible surf and see international surf contests. Beware, the riptide is strong and makes it hard to swim. This isn’t a place for little kids to play in the surf, even big kids need to be extra careful.

Playa Herradura 

Playa Herradura is home to the only Marina (Los Suenos Marina) in Costa Rica (others are in development). Herradura means horse-shoe, and that’s exactly what is so special about this beach. Due to its shape, the waters are calm and swimming friendly. The beach is dotted with excellent seafood restaurants, and you can get a full-service sportfishing charter boat for big game fish: billfish, marlin, mahi-mahi, and tuna. Also, book snorkeling and dive trips that leave from here to nearby reefs and islands.

Playas Esterillos

Not even half an hour north of Jaco you’ll find Playas Esterillos. These three peaceful, palm-fringed beaches: Esterillos Este, Centro and Oeste, have long stretches of coastline and pretty good waves for long rides. The strongest beach breaks of the 3 are Esterillos Centro and Este. They can ALMOST compare to Playa Hermosa. Swimmers can have their fun too, the northern end of Esterillos Oeste, is a calm tidal pool offering shelter from the area’s dangerous riptides.

Playa Bejuco

Going southbound towards Quepos is Playa Bejuco. Here you will find raw, untouched coastal beauty. Wanna walk for miles and not see another soul, come to Bejuco. Another surf spot with the swimmers remaining at bay due to super strong riptides.

Tortuga Island

This island is between Jaco and Nicoya Peninsula with beautiful white sanded beaches and crystal clear waters. You can spot dolphins, turtles and whales on your way over there.

Drake Bay Parks

Carara National Park 

With the increasing development in this region, Carara National Park has become a critical sanctuary for wildlife. A mix of wet rainforest of the southern Pacific and the dry tropical forest of the northwest is home to over 2000 crocodiles, 450 scarlet macaws and much much more. read more

Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge 

Ten minutes south of Jaco is Playa Hermosa which is part of this wildlife refuge. July and December months are worth a trip to see the female Olive Ridleys (locally known as Tortuga Lora) come ashore to lay their eggs.

Everybody Loves Butterflies 

Have you seen a morpho butterfly flutter through the air? At the local butterfly farm and serpentarium you can see that and a lot more. (wishlist)

Drake Bay Rivers & Waterfalls

The Tarcoles River

Do not miss this attraction! Rarely you are able to see firsthand one of the world’s largest population of American crocodiles (over 2000!). This croc can grow as large as 12 feet from nose to tail. Make a pit stop at Tarcoles Bridge and check this creature out in the flesh when traveling from San Jose or Puntarenas. Another great way to see them is on boat tours of the river, which is also known for its rich avifauna, with over 120 birds living in its mangrove estuaries.

Bijagual Waterfall

One of the tallest waterfalls in Costa Rica (600 feet) is right here! Only 35 minutes north of Jaco. Waterfall del Zorro Not far from Jaco is a 35 ft. Waterfall de la Gloria In the hillside of Playa Hermosa.

Out of all of the places to see in Costa Rica this is one of the best for anyone looking for untouched forests and deserted beaches.

Places to Visit and See in Drake Bay Costa Rica

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