Costa Rica has become a top destination for surfers who come from all over the world to test their skills on the waves of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Cabo Matapalo, in the Osa Peninsula, is the latest discovery and while it is not known on a worldwide basis yet it is certainly moving that way. Matapalo is as remote as can be and thanks to that, the whole area is still very deserted for its very limited access, and the scarcity of places to stay.
The stone spheres of Costa Rica, recognized to be some the of the strangest mysteries of the archeology, were discovered during the 1930s in the Diquis Delta of Costa Rica, also known as the Sierpe River, near the little towns of Palmar Sur and Palmar Norte. The spheres were found as far apart as by the mouth of the Coto Colorado River, on the Isla del Cano and near Golfito. In Costa Rica, some people now use them to decorate their gardens and thus they can be seen just about everywhere in the country. They vary considerably in size and can be as small as 2 centimeters up to over 2 meters across and can weigh up to 16 tons. Most of them were carved out of a very hard igneous stone called granodiorite. They are classed as monolithic sculptures made by human hands. There are over 300 of them spread out all over the country; however, new ones are always being discovered.
Whale and Dolphin Watching is one of the top attractions in Costa Rica and Drake Bay is without a doubt one of the best places from which to do it. Daily tours are offered from Drake Bay giving visitors the opportunity to spot the majestic sea creatures in their natural habitat. Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Killer Whales and many others can be seen as they make their yearly migrations from the north and south poles to breed in the warm waters found here.
The Cano Island is located about two hours off the coast of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula and is easily accessible from Drake Bay an Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp Lodge. On the why to the island you are likely to see dolphins, whales, sea turtles and other species of marine wildlife. The island itself has volcanic rock formations that offer world-class snorkeling and diving. Here you have an opportunity to see sharks, manta rays, tropical fish and much more.
Costa Rica is world famous for sport fishing and Drake Bay is without a doubt one of the best places in the country to go. The Southern Pacific coast offers wonderful inshore fishing and huger Roosterfish, Snappers and Mackerel are frequently caught just off the coast of Drake Bay. The Offshore Sport Fishing in this area is unrivaled, and with a little luck you’ll catch a tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Marlin or Sailfish. A truly unforgettable experience!
Drake Bay is one of of the most remote destinations in Costa Rica, on the north western tip of the Osa Peninsula. While it is not a surfing destination, there are some noteworthy breaks for the adventurous type. Río Claro, about an hour hike or a short boat ride from Drake Bay offers a fantastic left when the swell is right. The river mouth estuary at Drake Bay offers visitors long and powerful waves and swells – but careful, these waves are certainly not for novice surfers!
You’ll love the thrill of flying through the tree-tops on a secure system of cables and platforms. The Corcovado Canopy Tour is located about 20 minutes from Drake Bay and has been in operation since 2007. Here you’ll find 13 platforms with 11 canopy cables ranging form 190 to 400 meters in length. The company prides themselves in their world class equipment and professionally trained staff. An adventure experience that you shouldn’t miss!
Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is home to a tremendous amount of flora and fauna, including many endemic species – found no other place on Earth. This beautiful area, named as one of the “most biologically diverse places on the planet” is a bird watchers dream. Here you have an opportunity to see Scarlet Macaws, Toucans, Raptors, the endemic Mangrove Hummingbird, Yellow Billed Contingas and much more. This is THE PLACE for nature lovers!
There is no more exhilarating experience than horseback riding down the coast through jungle trails alongside the beach. Take a friendly, well-mannered horse down the beach as you have the opportunity to spot monkeys, toucans, parrots and much more. More experienced riders will have an opportunity to trot in some sections where those with less experience will feel safe and comfortable on this unforgettable wildlife adventure by horseback.
Guests at Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp Lodge have unlimited access to ocean kayaks and the tranquil waters at Drake Bay make ocean kayaking a safe and memorable experience for people of all experience levels. Go south from the camp towards Rio Claro or head north to the town of Drake Bay. Tours up the Sierpe Terraba River and through the mangroves by kayak are also available – truly an experience to be missed!