Costa Rica by Kayak

Join Ben and his guides for a 7-day, 6-night kayak get-away in beautiful Drake Bay, remotely located on the Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica. Enjoy comfortable accommodation and home-cooked meals in a family-run bed and breakfast overlooking the bay.

Trips are scheduled weekly from the first week of December through the last week of April. Tours run during Christmas, New Years and Easter holidays. Contact us to reserve your preferred dates.

Drake Bay and the Osa Peninsula are known for their predictably calm seas and light winds. This means the necessity of surf landings is minimized. Paddling will generally be limited to mornings and late afternoons due to the intense tropical mid-day sun, leaving ample time for swimming, hiking, or relaxing in the shade.

Other activities (available for an additional cost) include a canopy tour, nighttime insect tour with Drake Bay's famous "Bug Lady", horseback riding and scuba diving.

Sample Itinerary

Day One

8am charter flight from Pavas Airport (San Jose's domestic airport) over the stunning cloud forests of the Talamanca Mountains to Drake Bay, on the Osa Pensinsula in southwestern Costa Rica. Met by Ben at the airport and arriving at our accommodations--a cozy family-run B&B overlooking the bay--for lunch, prepared by our Tica host, Yami. The rest of the day can be spent exploring the village, hiking along the coast, or paddling around the bay and/or up a nearby river for a swim.

Day Two

Morning paddle focusing on paddling skills and beach landings, returning to the B&B for lunch to avoid intense mid-day sun. Optional afternoon paddle.

Day Three

Half-day paddle down the coast in the other direction, to a beautiful swimming beach, returning to the B&B for lunch. Optional afternoon hike or kayak surfing lesson.

Day Four

You may choose one of the following, with an additional, optional evening paddle on your return:

Option 1: Boat trip to Corcovado National Park with a local Costa Rican naturalist for a hike through Corcovado's famous primary and secondary growth rain forest, followed by a picnic lunch at the ranger's station or on the beach. After lunch the hike continues to a nearby waterfall. Spider, Whiteface and Howler monkeys, three-toed sloth's, tapirs and coatimundis are just a few of the park's residents. Although you will be back around 3:30pm, this option makes for a long day due to the early morning departure and hiking.

Option 2: Boat trip to Cano Island Biological Reserve, located 20km off the coast, for a day of snorkeling. On the ride out, it is possible to see whales, dolphins and turtles. Originally an offshore burial ground for indigenous peoples, Cano claims to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island'. Nearly transparent waters and five coral reefs with more than 15 species of stony coral make this an excellent diving and snorkeling location. Picnic lunch on the beach, returning to Drake Bay around 3:30pm.

Day Five

Day paddle down the coast to San Josecito, an idyllic tropical beach, under palm and almond trees. A perfect place for swimming and snorkeling. The paddle will include more exposed ocean paddling with large swells along rocky shores and seastacks, but will arrive at a protected quiet bay. Occasional sightings of turtles and rays. Packed lunch on the beach.

Day Six

Coastal paddle to Marenco Biological Reserve, followed by a 45 minute hike to Rio Claro. This pristine tropical river makes for a wonderful day of swimming, beach-combing, and, for the adventurous, a canoe ride up the river and a brief climb to a spectacular waterfall. Packed lunch on the beach.

Day Seven

Leave Drake Bay in the morning after breakfast around 9 am for a 40-minute flight back to Pavas airport in San Jose.