Getting to Drake Bay
Because of its remote location, traveling to Drake Bay is part of the adventure. There are 2 international airports that serve Costa Rica- San José (SJO) and Liberia (LIR). SJO is the preferred airport for flights to Drake Bay. There are two intra-country airlines, Nature Air and Sansa that fly throughout the entire country. From San José it is a beautiful 35-minute flight directly into Drake Bay (Bahía Drake). From the airport you will have a 20-minute car ride to town or your lodge. Sansa also flies to Palmar Sur, from here you will take a scenic one hour ride up the Sierpe River to Drake Bay. The Sierpe River is home to one of the longest Mangrove Forests in Central America. Along the way, your boat Captain may point out some interesting wildlife. Its often fun and interesting to fly into Drake and out of Palmar Sur (or vice versa) to have both experiences.
Depending on what time your flight arrives in San José will determine whether you will fly to Drake Bay the same day or the next morning. In the high season (December-April), there is usually a morning and afternoon flight available. There are many hotels within ten minutes of the airport; the Marriott is our favorite! We also have a partnership with a transportation company should you need their services to get you to and from the airport and hotel.
It is also possible to drive from San José which is about a 4.5 hour trip on good roads to Sierpe where you may securely park your car and meet the river taxi. We do not recommend driving to Drake Bay due to the potentially bad road conditions. Your hotel will help you arrange all of your intra-country travel needs.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PASSPORTS: Please note that it is important that you inspect your passport and insure that it is valid for 3 months AFTER you return home from Costa Rica and that it is not torn or that it does not have ragged edges as Costa Rica Immigration will not let you enter the country. You should also contact your credit card company prior to traveling and notify them that you intend to travel to Costa Rica. Otherwise they may not allow charges.
For more information on transportation and getting to Drake Bay, submit questions through our Contact Us page.