How to arrive to Drake Bay


Aerobell and Flysansa airlines offer direct flights to Drake Bay from San José.

Car or Bus + Boat

Boats to Drake Bay leave from Sierpe, so your first mission will be to get to Sierpe by car or bus.

If you travel by bus, the Tracopa company is the best option from San José. The bus will take you to Palmar Norte, from where you will have to take another bus that will take you directly to Sierpe.

In the case of going to Sierpe by car, you must park it in one of the car parks set up for it. We recommend you park your car in the Don Jorge restaurant car park or in the Las Vegas restaurant car park.

The last step will be to buy the tickets for the boat that will take you to Drake Bay. The boats leave from the Don Jorge restaurant every day at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and it is not necessary to book the ticket in advance.

The return trip by boat from Drake Bay to Sierpe, you can do it at 07:15 or at 14:30.

The price of tickets for each boat is $ 20 in the afternoon and $ 15 in the morning.


Traveling to Drake Bay by car is possible.

In dry season (between December and April), you can make this trip without problems with almost any car, although in Costa Rica in general, it is always advisable to have a 4×4 car.

If you come in the rainy season, you should be more cautious on the trip, since, despite the fact that the access roads to Drake Bay have been much fixed compared to years ago, you may have to cross a river.

The best way to cross a stream or a river is in a slow way, without gear changes, and in the shape of a half moon.

About 15 minutes before your arrival to Drake Bay, you will find a sign with a turtle that says «to Drake over the bridge.» You have to turn left and take that route to find the bridge. No GPS usually indicates this road!

Before making your trip to Drake Bay by car in the rainy season, call us or write to us to indicate you the state of the road.

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