Blogs from Bahia Drake, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean


Having read that the Osa peninsular is one of the last great jungle destinations in Costa Rica (and maybe the whole of Central America) we thought we ought to visit. However we need to compromise, so can just go to Drake Bay for a couple of days. To really experience the area we would need to travel into the national park here, but we don’t have the time to do this (and it is not cheap once you add in the cost of park fees, park lodges and guides). We have a good room in the main village, but it’s unfortunately close to the local karaoke bar so we are kept entertained by singing until about 1:30am. There is an excellent walk we do from the village and though it does not go into the park ... read more

I am sitting beside a pool high above Drake Bay on the southern Pacific coast of Coast Rica. A pair of scarlet macaws have just flown past and the ocean is stretched out golden blue as the evening turns to dusk. We've come to Drake Bay to visit Corcovado National Park and the Osa Peninsula, according to National Geographic, the most biologically "intense" place on earth. Since I last posted from Puerto Viajo we've been on a meander through Costa Rica, seen some of the diversity packed into this little country and met lots of great Ticos (Costa Ricans). The Ticos are on holidays and say "Pura Vida" a lot. Pura Vida is a national expression of how the world really is, and how life should be lived. It literally means "Pure Life" and can be ... read more
White faced cappucin eating an insect,  Manuel Antonio NP
Racoon, Manuel Antonio NP
Rafting Rio Pacuare

After a few days in San Jose, Brad and I headed to the Osa Peninsula, where we were promised birds, plants and wildlife. We took a light aircraft flight with the company Sansa to get there – a little twelve seater Cessna something. Though much more pricey than the bus, the flight was 45 minutes compared to the 8 hours on the bus! Besides the time saving, it was a great birds eye view of Costa Rica... the plane rose sharply (and bumpily) over the central valley and mountains, then headed out over river deltas and Parque Nacional Manual Antionio, hugging the coastline until we reached the small Drake Bay airstrip. Though I may have been ashen faced the whole time, it was definitely worth it! We were met at the door of the plane with ... read more
Empty beach
Hanging bridge
our crazy room at Rio Drake Lodge

Today is our last day in Drake Bay. Sad. I am going to miss the Scarlet Macaws & Green Parrots & the frogs. For sure. This morning the Green Parrots woke us up as usual. They are so sqwauky it's hysterical. We've decided to stay one more day & do nothing. We are feeling lazy & want to do nothing & just enjoy this beautiful piece of paradise . We had another delicious breakfast & a bunch of coffee. I was downstairs having coffee when Geoff woke up. I think I was on my 3rd cup of coffee, eek! I was sweating & wired. Hot coffee & muggy days = lot's of facial sweating. A sacrifice I'm willing to make. We spent the morning playing on the computer. Dealing with our plans for Panama & worrying ... read more
Our cabana at Vista Drake.
The view from our room at Vista Drake.
Our room and Geoff reading on the deck.

(Things are getting a little out of hand on the journaling front, I've been spending far too much time relaxing & enjoying every moment rather than detailing it, so I am very behind in my duties. I've decided to do some days with just basic bullet points to help jog our memories in the future more than anything else. So, that's where we are with that....) Breakfast: Juice fresh blended (papaya today so incredible), eggs scrambled, toast, coffee. Translated for another couple about setting up a snorkeling trip today. To the dive shop. With Belgians again & another couple from Argentina. Our boat was pretty full with snorkelers that we ended up stopping at two spots before they finally got off the boat (why? I don't know. The first spot was so crystal clear, who knows!). ... read more
Another fab lunch on the beach.
Cute crab on Isla Cano.
Our dive boat.

Up at 5:08 a.m. Breakfast, more gallo pinto & eggs which makes me happy because I love it. We walked to the beach with Emilio (the owner of our place, who packed us a nice lunch & helped us carry it to the boat). We waded through waves on shore to the boat, off to Corcovado National Park this morning to find some jungle animals hopefully. Along the way our guide, Elia, pointed out from the boat where the park began, then we spent another 30-45 minutes in the boat, going fast, along the coastline before we got to the park entrance. It is a humongous park! That wasn't the entire length of the park either, just the point at which we were getting off the boat! The park entrance is on the beach, where you ... read more
Another boat, just like ours, heading out for the day
View from the boat of Corcovado
Another view from the boat.

Up at 5:10 a.m. Excited to dive! Breakfast downstairs in the outside seating area, but under cover (I'm getting very accustomed to eating outside, it's really pleasant, especially in the mornings). They have the sweetest table settings & made very good gallo pinto, cheese, & eggs with onion. Oh, & really strong coffee. Yeah! It's so cozy & homey here. We walked down the hill to the dive shop that is on the beach. The dive shop office is the living room of Lin's house. He has his room, a bathroom, a tiny kitchen, & a back storage room. That's it. People live so simply with so little. I often wonder why we feel like we need to have sooo much stuff. After we got all our dive gear together we headed to shore to get ... read more
On our way to dive, looking at Isla Cano.
Looking back on Bahia Drake.

Yesterday we had our last day of diving at Caño Island. We have had such an amazing time underwater and were really sorry to surface for the last time. On the way to the Island we saw a dolphin swimming. The capitan slowed down the boat and directed us towards the fins in the water. The dolphin swam right up to us and we got to see it glide by in the water. Today we we took a boat to the second ranger station, deep in the Corcavado National Park. The water was choppy as always but didn't bother us until our boat almost capsized! The driver hit a wave the wrong way and the boat tilted far left suddenly. Normaly I don't need any help falling out of boats, so I was sure that I ... read more
Our guide
A Squirrel Monkey
A Crazy Spider

We are officially certified open water divers! Today was another great day of diving where we saw more sharks, an eel, a sea turtle and many more beautiful fish. This afternoon we walked through the town of Drake Bay which is basically a road winding through homes, hotels and shops. We are now about to walk home from the internet cafe in the POURING rain. Our first real taste of Costa Rican rainy season. ... read more

The day started late at 6am, when we discovered our new travel alarm clock is a piece of garbage. Yes, that is late in Costa Rica! We still had a great start to the day though, with coffee delivered fresh to our room. After breakfast, we were fitted for wet suits (in the boiling heat!) and put all our gear together to be brought to the boat for our first day of diving! The boat ride to Caño Island was about 45 minutes long and was much choppier than expected. It took about 30 minutes before Amy finally felt comfortable. When we got to the Island, the boat rocked back and forth as we prepared our gear and we both felt very queasy. Feeling sick is bad enough but worse when someone tells you to rock ... read more
Scuba diving!
Adam gearing up
A local school in Drake Bay

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