How To Get To Drake Bay, Costa Rica?
Getting to Drake Bay
Boats: Sierpe to Drake Bay
Every day 2 boats leave from the restaurant “La Perla Del Sur” from Sierpe to Drake. The first boat leaves at 11:30 am for 9,000 colones or $15 per person, and the second leaves at 3:30 pm / 4:00 pm for 11,000 colones or $20 per person.
If you need any help, please inform us and we will be glad to help you.
When you arrive in Sierpe, please go to the restaurant “La Perla Del Sur”, from there the first boat leaves for Drake at 11:30 am. If you come by car, you can park 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 9,000 colones or $15 per person. Please tell the captain that you are a guest of MOHAGINE, he will take you directly to my private house on the beach. Here we will offer you a homemade tea and we will do the check in. From the house it is only a few minutes walk to the hotel, we will help you with your luggages.
If you cannot reach the first boat, a second one will leave at 3:30 / 4:00 pm for 11,000 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 book a taxi for you (2,000 colones), which picks you up and brings you directly to the hotel. There we will do the check-in procedure and you will be free to you enjoy our small paradise.
Bus San José to Palmar Norte
The first bus from San José to Palmar Norte (Route 601) departs from the Tracopa Bus Terminal at 5:00 am and costs approximatively 6,000 colones per person. At 11:00 am you will arrive in Palmar Norte. From there please take a taxi (colectivo = divided price) 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.
Bus San José to Sierpe
At 8:30 am, a bus leaves from the Tracopa Bus Terminal directly to Sierpe for approximatively 8,000 colones per person. At 1.30 pm you will arrive in Sierpe.
Bus Uvita to Sierpe
There is a public bus from Uvita to Palmar Norte at 8:30 am. The blue bus station is just next to the vet, right on the main road. From Palmar Norte you can take another bus or taxi to Sierpe.
Bus Chirripo to Sierpe
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.
Bus from Puerto Jiménez
First you have to take a bus from Puerto Jiménez to La Palma (daily departure times : 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 pm and 5:00 pm (only during 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.
Shuttle San José to Sierpe
We can organise a shuttle service to pick you up from San José (airport, hotel center) and take you directly to Sierpe. This service costs $75 per person.
Shuttle Manuel Antonio / Quepos to Sierpe
We can arrange a shuttle service to pick you up from your hotel in Manuel Antonio / Quepos and take you directly to Sierpe. This service costs $45 per person.
Shuttle Uvita to Sierpe
We can arrange a shuttle service to pick you up from your hotel in Uvita and take you directly to Sierpe. This service costs $25 per person.
Arrival by car:
During the dry season (USUALLY from January to April) there is no problem going to 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 you to wait for a local who you can follow, because they know how to master the river.
Please drive to Sierpe and there go to the restaurant “La Perla Del Sur”. Directly opposite there is a guarded parking lot, where you can safely park your car for 3.000 colones per night.
ATTENTION: During the rainy season we strongly discourage you 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.
Drake 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 service costs $10 per person. To book the shuttle for you, we ask you to please let us know the name of the airline (Aerobell 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.
Leaving Drake Bay
Boats: Drake to Sierpe
There are two daily boats from Drake to Sierpe; the first one leaves at 7:15 am for 9.000 colones or $15 per person and the second one leaves at 2:30 pm for 11.000 colones or $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.
Bus 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 a 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.
Bus 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 am, cost: 350 colones per person) or a 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 9:50 am one. The one after is at 10:40 am. Further information and tickets are available at the counter of 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 4:15 pm.
Bus 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 of 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 from Drake 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 1:00 pm (Monday – Saturday), which you can take from Drake to La Palma. Please note that we cannot give any guarantee that these buses operate.
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 $75 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 $25 per person.