Sweet isolation in Bahia Drake
Travelers on Costa Rica tours can find themselves luxuriously alone at Bahia Drake, a small, protected bay that remains one of the least developed natural spots in the region.
The area is named after the infamous Sir Francis Drake, and legend has it the the sea captain buried his treasure along the coast here, affording its secrets only to the local fauna and flora. Until recently, even these gems of the natural world were left a mystery to most travelers, as getting to the bay was a risky journey. However, the recent creation of a road has made this mystical location much more accessible.
With calm waters as its doorstep and the Rio Serpe and Parque Nacional Corcovado as its back yard, Bahia Drake couldn't be in a more prime location for natural delights. Hikes through the lush jungles often reward travelers with many glimpses of local wildlife, including more than 400 species of birds and four different types of monkeys.
Travelers who like to stick to the seas can be satisfied with tranquil bay diving opportunities, which are filled with visits from marlins, dolphins and round-nosed pilot whales.