Drake Bay Activities
Sit anywhere early morning or late afternoon in Drake town and enjoy nature: scarlet macaws and toucans wing their way into the top of the trees, iguanas bask in the sun, white-faced monkeys troop through the trees searching for food, crocodiles float on the Agujitas River, or you can just befriend one of the dogs in town.
You can also Hike or horseback southwest along the coastal trail for two hours and a half, cross the suspension bridge over the Aguila River, go steeply uphill for about ten minutes; turn left, noting the sign pointing toward the bridge (it's easy to miss on the way back), pass by Hotel Paloma on the right and follow the signs to the beach. Explore the wildlife and birds of the area. Revel in the sun and play with the waves on Playa Cocolito, go further south to Playa Caletas. Snorkel in Playa San Josecito. Be brave! Keep going for four more hours (to complete 8.6 miles (14 km) ) to arrive at the Corcovado National Park entrance - be glad to meet your pre-arranged boat taxi that will take you back to town.
Zip line your way through the top of the trees, dive the underground gardens of Caño Island, motorboat Sierpe Mangrove Forest, float yourself down on Claro River, go whale watching – when in season – surf in Claro River mouth – two hour walk from Drake Bay, or trek the Corcovado National Park (San Pedrillo or Sirena Ranger Station).
Discover your inner angler on an exciting inshore, offshore or river fishing excursion. Rooster, jacks, black tuna and mackerel are popular inshore catches, while sailfish, marlin, mahi mahi, yellow fin tuna and snapper are caught offshore. Passing whales, dolphins and sea turtles keep fishermen entertained during dry spells – but these waters are so incredibly rich that expeditions are almost guaranteed to come back with some sort of catch for dinner.
Boat to Rio Agujitas and Rio Claro estuaries area's prime surfing spots. Locals tend to prefer Rio Claro's rocky point break above all others. The river mouths at the nearby Ganado and Sierpe Rivers, along with Playa Rincon, also have decent sandy-bottom beach breaks. Another notable spot is at Rio Llorona's estuary, where waves have been known to reach heights of 16 feet. The best time to surf around Drake Bay is between half-low and half-high tide.