How do I get to Drake Bay?

»The most biologically intense place on earth«



We can get you reservations for boat, shuttle or taxi- but you always pay directly to the driver or captain. You don’t get a ticket or voucher you just say that you are going to Martina’s Place Hostel. Usually we give your name also to the person you have transport with, so they will ask for you. The Bus tickets you have to organize yourself, only when you leave Drake Bay we can organize tickets with Tracopa for you.

Bus: San José – Palmar Norte or Sierpe

The earliest bus (route 601) is leaving the Tracopa bus terminal (near Clinica Biblica) at 5am. The ticket counter opens at 4.30am and you should buy tickets at least one day ahead in the high season. It is not yet possible to buy tickets online or via telephone. The ticket is around $12 and you can take the coastal route (»costanera« 5 hours) or the mountain route (»cerro« 6 hours).

With the 5am mountain bus you reach Palmar Norte around 11am and have to take a taxi to Sierpe. We can send you one, the driver Marcos will pick you up the bus and help with your luggage too. The taxi price to Sierpe is $16 (with Marcos, others charge $20), often more people share it so its $5 per person.

In Sierpe (from restaurant Don Jorge) you take the boat (Captain Dago) to Drake Bay at 11.30am ($15p.p.) which we will reserve for you. You don’t get a ticket just say that you are going to Martina’s Place. We pick you up the beach in Drake at 1pm and walk you 300m up to the hostel. In case you have a lot of luggage, we can order a taxi for $2.

After 5am buses from San José to Palmar Norte are leaving frequently direction to Canoas, Golfito, Ciudad Neilly, San Vito or Rio Claro. They all are called »route 601«! (Please don’t change for the English version, they are translating all city names, which is totally confusing!!!) Always tell the bus driver you are going to Palmar Norte, he will pack your luggage different.
New: There is a new Tracopa bus service going directly to Sierpe ($14p.p.), every day at 8.30am along the coast. You will be in Sierpe around 1.30pm and can catch the boat at 3.30pm ($20p.p.). We will pick you up at 5pm from the beach in Drake.

Taxi: Palmar Norte - Sierpe

We work exclusively with the driver Marcos Villachica, who charges for Martina’s Place guests only $16, most others charge $20. He always tries to make it collective, so if 4 people go, you only pay $5. We can make reservation for you, and if you are late you can call him directly. His number is: (+506) 8982-2518. Just he only speaks Spanish.

Bus: Palmar Norte – Sierpe

Cost around 500 colones or 1 dollar and leaves Palmar at: 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm It takes half an hour to Sierpe and the bus stops at the park. From there you walk 3 min. to the river where the boat is leaving at restaurant Don Jorge.

Boat: Sierpe - Drake Bay

There are 2 boats going 7 days a week from Sierpe to Drake Bay: The 11.30am boat is $15, the 3.30pm boat is $20 per person. You always need reservation ahead, which we will do for you. You don’t get a ticket, just say that you are going to Martina’s Place in Drake Bay. The stunning boat ride is about an hour and leads you through the beautiful mangroves out on the Pacific Ocean into the Drake Bay. We pick you up the beach in Drake and walk you 300m up to the hostel. In case you have a lot of luggage, we can order a taxi for $4.

Car: San José – Drake or Sierpe

Driving time: San José - Palmar Norte 3-4 hours, Palmar Norte - Chacarita 2 hours, Chacarita - Drake 2-3 hours. You can drive all the way to Drake Bay, but you need a 4x4 and should be in Drake before 6pm, so you don’t need to cross the last river in the dark! Please drive into Drake Bay towards the beach and after passing the supermarkets, around the corner at the left side you find Martina’s Place Hostel.
From September to End of November it can be difficult to cross the several rivers due to too much rain. But the other month usually it is no problem to get to Drake. From Chacarita to Drake a sandy road starts, but it’s ok to drive. From Sierpe there is a short cut, you cross the Sierpe River with a car ferry and follow the only road towards Rincón. That road is best to drive only between December and April.

Car: Parking in Sierpe

Alternative you could drive half an hour from Palmar Norte to Sierpe, look for restaurant Don Jorge and they have a secured parking ($6 per day). From the same restaurant also the boats are leaving. We get you a reservation for 11.30am (or 3.30pm) with Captain Dago. That is $15p.p. (or $20) and you pay him directly please. Here in Drake we will pick you up from the beach.

Plane: San José - Drake

There are 2 airlines flying daily from San José to Drake, flights are around $140 one way in the high season, low season has some offers. Please check:

Shuttle bus: San José, Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Dominical, Uvita - Sierpe

There are shuttle services from: San José ($50p.p. tel. 8703-2121 Pedro) and Manuel Antonio ($38p.p. tel. 8344-6320 Alex) going to Sierpe.

You can also catch it from Dominical or Uvita. Call the companies yourself, or ask us for availability and let us know from what hotel you need the pick-up.

Bus: Manuel Antonio, Dominical or Uvita – Palmar Norte

If you want to reach Drake Bay the same day, you have to leave Quepos around 5am, Dominical around 7am, and Uvita around 8am. For detailed information please ask your hotel where you are staying!

Bus: Puerto Jimenez – Drake Bay

The bus from Puerto Jimenez to La Palma leaves at 11am or 3pm. In La Palma you have connection to Drake twice a day at 11.30am and 4.30pm. In the rainy season the service between La Palma and Drake might not be working, in that case we can organize a 4x4 Taxi for around $90 for the whole trip, it takes 2.5 hours.

For further connections as from the Caribean, Nicoya, Monteverde, Arenal or Panama places please check:
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