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Heliconius butterflies are commonly encountered flying along forested paths or visiting  garden flowers in Drake Bay. 

At night, these butterflies can be found roosting on bare twigs.  They often roost in groups of up to ten individuals.

Heliconius butterflies are very long-lived, with life spans of up to nine months.













Howler Monkeys are common residents of Drake Bay's rainforest canopy. The male's thunderous call can be heard from kilometers away.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records Howler Monkeys are the loudest land animals on the planet.














There are 330 species of hummingbirds, all restricted to the New World.  Most are tropical, with almost one-fifth found in Costa Rica alone. Only 16 species are known to migrate and breed in all of North America.

Hummingbird heart rates reach 1,260 beats per minute and some species beat their wings approximately 80 times per second.

While  hummingbirds are nectar feeding specialists, they also eat small insects and spiders, which represent their main source of protein and other nutrients.


the bug  Lady's  guide

to Drake Bay, Costa Rica ...

Facts about Drake Bay


   Pleasantly isolated on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Drake Bay lies on the northernmost point of the Osa Peninsula.

  Sunset at Cocalito Beach

Claimed by many as one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Osa Peninsula is where the Costa Rica of legend still exists.  With eighty per cent, or 430,000 acres of the Osa Peninsula protected by Corcovado National Park and private forest reserves, the region stands as one of the last great tracks of unspoiled primary rainforest in Central America.  To this day, Corcovado, along with the majority of the peninsula remains road-less.   This, along with government and grass-root protectionism, has shielded the region from over-development.   Heliconia Butterfly


According to the 2010 census there are 560 homes and 1,214 inhabitants in the Drake Bay area. This area encompasses 10 districts including the villages of Progreso, Agujitas, Los Planes, Los Angeles, Caletas, and Rincon, as well as the area south to Corcovado.



ICE, the Costa Rican Electric Institute, recently installed telephone land lines in Drake Bay.  There is also GSM and 3G cellular service.     

 There is a public telephone at the beachfront general store in the village of Agujitas.   Some resorts may allow guests to use their office phone, as well.

Resorts, along with most private homes, are now equipped with land lines as well as marine band radios. 


Since 2010, Wi-fi Internet connections are readily available at most area hotels. Inquire with your hotel as to their internet usage policies.


In 2004 the village of Agujitas was connected to the electrical grid. The electric lines did stop at Jinetes de Osa Inn.  In October of 2009 the electric line was taken across the Agujitas River to provide service to homes and resorts south of the village. The line now stops at Caletas, just south of Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp.

Medical help

There is a doctor and small clinic in the village of Agujitas.  See map for location.

Central American Spider Monkey - Ateles geoffroyi

Central American Spider Monkey - Ateles geoffroyi


US Dollars, Costa Rican Colones, and are all generally accepted in Drake Bay.  Many of the resorts do accept credit cards as well.  You should inquire with your resort beforehand if you plan on paying by credit card.  There are no banks or ATM's  in Drake Bay.

  Medical and Safety Concerns

Plants:  Some palms in Drake Bay have needle sharp spines.  Definitely look before you grab hold of any plants.

Insects:  Travelers are often surprised by the relative lack of mosquitoes in Drake Bay.  There usually is a small population boom in January, at the beginning of dry season.  While they may be more numerous  for a week or two, even then they really aren't  much of a problem.

Sand flies can be problematic  on the beach at the San Padrillo Ranger Station in Corcovado and, occasionally, at Cano Island.  Repellant may come in handy .

Snakes:  There are venomous snakes in Drake Bay.  As most vipers lead fairly reclusive lives,  you  can count yourself lucky if you see one.  The fer-de-lance is the most common pit viper on the Osa Peninsula.   A watchful eye on the trail is the best way to prevent an unpleasant encounter.

Mantled Howler - Alouatta palliata

Mantled Howler - Alouatta palliata

Sun Exposure:  Sunburn is certainly the most likely  health risk you'll encounter.  Sunscreen should be applied liberally before  outings.

Ocean Safety:  While  Drake Bay does not have a reputation for rip tides, occasionally there are large waves.  At high tide  rocky outcrops can be hidden below the waters surface.  


Along with the resort bars, there are a couple of  rustic bars in the village.  Dances are often held on the weekends . 


Temperatures average in the mid to upper eighties year round .  There are two seasons in Costa Rica...the dry and the rainy season.  The dry season begins in December and typically runs to April.   September and October are the rainiest months of the year.  Many of the local resorts close for the month of  October .

 Getting  Around

The dirt road that leads to Drake Bay ends  at the beach near Jinetes de Osa.  South of Jinetes, foot trails and horse trails connect private homes and resorts alike.  The coastal foot trail that leads South towards Corcovado is very scenic.  Scarlet macaws and white face monkeys, along with a wealth of other wildlife, can often be spotted along this beautiful route.

Scarlet Macaws - Ara macaw
Scarlet Macaws - Ara macaw

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