How To Get To Drake Bay, Costa Rica?


Getting to Drake Bay

Boats

Every day 2 boats leave from the restaurant “Las Vegas” in Sierpe to Drake. The first boat leaves at 11:30 am for 8,000 colones or $15 per person, and the second leaves at 3:30 pm / 4:00 pm for 10,000 colones or $20 per person.

With regard to your request about the arrangement, we´ll be glad to help you.

When you arrive in Sierpe, please go to the restaurant “Las Vegas”, from there the first boat leaves for Drake at 11.30 am. If you come by car you can park it in the private closed parking lot for $6 per night. We will reserve a place for you on the boat. The transporter is called “Picolina Tours”, the price is $15. Please tell the captain that you are a guest of MOHAGINE, then he will take you directly to my private house on the beach. Here we invite you to a homemade tea and we make the check in. Then it is only a few minutes walk to the hotel, we will help you then with the luggage.

If you cannot reach the first boat, a second one will leave at 3:30 / 4:00 pm for 10.000 colones or $20 per person. While we cannot reserve a seat for you on this boat, we can inform the captain in advance that you would like to be taken across. All guests will be transferred to the main landing station in Drake. From there you can either walk to the hotel (about a 10-12 minute walk, but a bit hilly) or we’ll order you a taxi (2,000 colones), which picks you up and brings you directly to the hotel. There we will make the check-in procedure and then you can enjoy our small paradise.

 

Bus San José to Palmar Norte + 1st boat

The first bus from San José to Palmar Norte (Route 601) departs from the Tracopa Bus Terminal at 5:00 am and costs approximately 6,000 colones per person. At 11.00 am you will arrive in Palmar Norte. From there please take a taxi (colectivo = divided) to Sierpe. The cost is between 2,000 and 8,000 colones, depending on whether the taxi driver finds additional guests for the ride or not. Once arrived in Sierpe, please go to the restaurant “Las Vegas”, from which the first boat leaves to Drake at 11.00 am for 8,000 colones or $15 per person. The transporter is called “Picolina Tours”. We will reserve a seat for you in advance. Please tell the captain that you are a guest of MOHAGINE, then he will take you directly to my private house on the beach. Here we invite you to a homemade tea and make the check in. Then it is only a few minutes walk to the hotel, we will help you then with the luggage.

 

Bus San José to Sierpe + 2nd boat

At 8:30 am, a bus leaves from the Tracopa Bus Terminal directly to Sierpe for approximately 8,000 colones per person. At 1.30 pm you will arrive in Sierpe. Then please go to the restaurant “Las Vegas”, from where the boat will leave for Drake at 3:30 / 4:00 pm for 10.000 colones or $ 20 per person. While we cannot reserve a seat for you on this boat, we can inform the captain in advance that you would like to be taken across. All guests will be transferred to the main landing station in Drake. From there you can either walk to the hotel (about a 10-12 minute walk, but a bit hilly) or we’ll order you a taxi (2,000 colones), which picks you up and brings you directly to the hotel. There we will make the check-in procedure and then you can enjoy our small paradise.

 

Shuttle San José + 1st boat

We can organise a shuttle service to pick you up from San José (airport, hotel center) and take you directly to Sierpe. This costs $70 per person. When you arrive in Sierpe, head to the “Las Vegas” restaurant, where the first boat leaves for Drake for 8,000 colones or $15 per person at 11.30 am. The transporter is called “Picolina Tours”. We will reserve a seat for you in advance. Please tell the captain that you are a guest of MOHAGINE, then he will take you directly to my private house on the beach. Here we invite you to a homemade tea and make the check-in. Then it is only a few minutes walk to the hotel, we will help you then with the luggage.

 

Shuttle Manuel Antonio / Quepos to Sierpe + 1st boat

We can arrange a shuttle service to pick you up from your hotel in Manuel Antonio / Quepos and take you directly to Sierpe. This costs $45 per person. When you arrive in Sierpe, head to the “Las Vegas” restaurant, where the first boat leaves for Drake for 8,000 colones or $15 per person at 11.30 am. The transporter is called “Picolina Tours”. We will reserve a seat for you in advance. Please tell the captain that you are a guest of MOHAGINE, then he will take you directly to my private house on the beach. Here we invite you to a homemade tea and make the check-in. Then it is only a few minutes walk to the hotel, we will help you then with the luggage.

 

Shuttle Uvita to Sierpe + 1st boat

We can arrange a shuttle service to pick you up from your hotel in Uvita and take you directly to Sierpe. This costs $25 per person. When you arrive in Sierpe, head to the “Las Vegas” restaurant, where the first boat leaves for Drake for 8,000 colones or $15 per person at 11.30 am. The transporter is called “Picolina Tours”. We will reserve a seat for you in advance. Please tell the captain that you are a guest of MOHAGINE, then he will take you directly to my private house on the beach. Here we invite you to a homemade tea and make the check-in. Then it is only a few minutes walk to the hotel, we will help you then with the luggage.

 

Bus Uvita to Sierpe + 1st boat

There is a public bus from Uvita to Palmar Norte at 8.30 am. The blue bus station is in the immediate vicinity of the veterinarian, right on the main road. From Palmar Norte you can take another bus or taxi to Sierpe. Once arrived in Sierpe, please go to the restaurant “Las Vegas”, from there the first boat leaves for Drake at 11.30 am for 8.000 colones or $15 per person. The transporter is called “Picolina Tours”. Please tell the captain that you are a guest of MOHAGINE, then he will take you directly to my private house on the beach. Here we invite you to a homemade tea and make the check-in. Then it is only a few minutes walk to the hotel, we will help you then with the luggage.

 

Bus Chirripo to Sierpe + 1st boat

From Chirripo National Park you have to go to San Gerardo de Rivas. From there, take an early bus to San Isidro de El General (Perez Zeledón), and from there another bus to Palmar Norte. From Palmar Norte you need to go to Sierpe either by bus or taxi. Once arrived in Sierpe, please go to the restaurant “Las Vegas”, from there the first boat leaves for Drake at 11.30 am for 8.000 colones or $15 per person. The transporter is called “Picolina Tours”. Please tell the captain that you are a guest of MOHAGINE, then he will take you directly to my private house on the beach. Here we invite you to a homemade tea and make the check-in. Then it is only a few minutes walk to the hotel, we will help you then with the luggage.

 

Arrival by car

During the dry season (USUALLY from January to April) there is no problem getting into Drake by car, it is only important that you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, arrive in daylight, and pay special attention over the last 36 km. These are only gravel roads and there are some (7) rivers to cross. The last one is very wide and deep, here we strongly recommend to wait for a local who you can follow, because they know how to master the river.

ATTENTION: During the rainy season we strongly discourage coming by car due to strong currents in the rivers you would need to cross! The safest and fastest option is to take the boat from Sierpe.

Arrival by car + boat

Please drive by car to Sierpe and go there to the restaurant “Las Vegas”. Directly opposite is a guarded parking lot, where you can safely park the car for $6 per night. The first boat from Sierpe to Drake departs at 11:30 am directly from the restaurant “Las Vegas”. The transporter is called “Picolina Tours”, the one-hour drive costs 8,000 colones or $15 per person. We will reserve a place for you on the boat. Please tell the captain that you are a guest of MOHAGINE, then he will take you directly to my private house on the beach. Here we invite you to a homemade tea and make the check-in. Then it is only a few minutes walk to the hotel, we will help you then with the luggage.

If you cannot make it to the first boat, a second one will leave at 3:30 / 4:00 pm for 10.000 colones or $20 per person. While we cannot reserve a seat for you on this boat, we can inform the captain in advance that you would like to be taken across. All guests will be transferred to the main landing station in Drake. From there you can either walk to the hotel (about a 10-12 minute walk, but a bit hilly) or we’ll order you a taxi (2,000 colones), which picks you up and brings you directly to the hotel. There we will make the check-in procedure and then you can enjoy our small paradise.

 

Bus from Puerto Jiménez

First you have to take a bus from Puerto Jiménez to La Palma (departure times daily: 5.00 am, 7.30 am, 9.40 am, 12.40 pm and 16.30 pm, cost: 910 colones). From La Palma you take another bus to Drake (departure times: Monday to Saturday, 12.00 and 5:00 pm (only in the dry season!), cost: 4,000 colones). The bus lets you get off right at the hotel, simply tell the driver in time that you would like to go to MOHAGINE.

 

Airport shuttle

There is a shuttle service here in Drake Bay, which takes all guests from the airport to the respective hotels and vice versa. This costs $10 per person. To order the shuttle, we ask you to please let us know the name of the airline (Nature Air or Sansa), as well as your flight’s time of arrival or departure.

 

Arrival from Panama

Please take an early bus to David. From David, there is a Tracopa bus that will take you directly to Palmar Norte (including border crossing) or you can take a public bus from David to the border (Paso Canoas). If you choose the public bus, do all the necessary formalities at the border, and then take the Tracopa bus from the Costa Rica side of the border to Palmar Norte (bus in the direction of San José). From Palmar Norte, you can take another bus or taxi to Sierpe. Once arrived in Sierpe, please go to the restaurant “Las Vegas”, from there the first boat leaves for Drake at 11.30 am for 8.000 colones or $15 per person. The transporter is called “Picolina Tours”. Please tell the captain that you are a guest of MOHAGINE, then he will take you directly to my private house on the beach. Here we invite you to a homemade tea and make the check-in. Then it is only a few minutes walk to the hotel, we will help you then with the luggage.

If you cannot make it to the first boat, a second one will leave at 3:30 / 4:00 pm what is 10.000 colones or $20 per person. While we cannot reserve a seat for you on this boat, we can inform the captain in advance that you would like to be taken across. All guests will be transferred to the main landing station in Drake. From there you can either walk to the hotel (about a 10-12 minute walk, but a bit hilly) or we’ll order you a taxi (2,000 colones), which picks you up and brings you directly to the hotel. There we will make the check-in procedure and then you can enjoy our small paradise.

 

Leaving Drake Bay

Boat

There are two boats daily from Drake to Sierpe; the first one leaves at 7.15 am for $15 per person and the second one leaves at 2.30 pm for $20 per person. For the first boat we can reserve seats, and you will be picked up directly in front of the office on the beach. For the second boat no reservations are possible, and we advise you to arrive at the main mooring of Drake at least 10 minutes before departure, and wait until the captain asks you to board the boat.

 

Sierpe to Palmar Norte

If you take the first boat from Drake at 7:15 am, you will arrive in Sierpe at ca. 8.30 am. From there you can take a public bus (departure time: 9:00 am, cost: 350 colones per person) or by taxi (cost: from 2,000-2,500 colones per person) to Palmar Norte. From Palmar Norte, there are buses in all directions (Uvita, Dominical, Jaco, San José, Panama, etc.). Information and tickets are available at the counter of the Tracopa Bus Company.

 

Sierpe to San José via Palmar Norte

If you take the first boat from Drake at 7:15 am, you will arrive in Sierpe at ca. 8.30 am. From there you can take a public bus (departure time: 9:00, cost: 350 colones per person) or by taxi (cost: from 2,000-2,500 colones per person) to Palmar Norte. In Palmar Norte, please go to the counter of the Tracopa Bus Company, from where you can catch a bus to San José. In the best case, you can get the bus to San José at 9.50 am. The next one leaves at 10.40 am. Further information and tickets are available at the counter of the Tracopa Bus Company.

 

Bus Palmar Norte to Uvita / Dominical

Daily buses from Palmar Norte go via Uvita to Dominical. The departure times are: 6.30 am, 7.45 am, 9.45 am, 12.45 pm and 16.15 pm.

 

Shuttle from Sierpe to San José

We can organise a shuttle service that picks you up directly from the boat in Sierpe and brings you to San José (airport, hotel center). This costs $60 per person.

 

Shuttle from Sierpe to Uvita

We can organise a shuttle service that will pick you up directly from the boat in Sierpe and brings you to your next accommodation in Uvita. This costs $45 for 2 people.

 

Palmar Norte to Panama

From Palmar Norte there are daily buses to Panama. Please head to the counter of the Tracopa Bus Company in Palmar Norte. First you have to take a bus to Ciudad Neily (for example at 9.50 am or 11.30 am) and from there another to Paso Canoas (border). Please remember that you need a starting point from Costa Rica before crossing the border to Panama, there are excellent places in Paso Canoas. When you have completed all the formalities, there are more buses or taxis in many directions (for example, David) on the Panama side of the border.

 

Bus to Puerto Jiménez

From Monday to Saturday at 4:00 am from the Heladeria (ice cream shop) in Drake, a bus leaves for La Palma (cost: 4,000 colones per person). Once arrived in La Palma, direct and very regular public buses go to Puerto Jiménez (cost: 910 colones per person).

In the main season and in accordance with good weather and road conditions, there is a second bus at 13.00 pm (Monday – Saturday), which you can take from Drake to La Palma. Please note that cannot give any guarantee that these buses operate.