Hi Matt and Jenn, first i would like to say that your blog has been very helpful for our trip planning. We are leaving in two weeks !!! In the last three days, we are heading to the drake bay area and we have some concerns about the transportation on the peninsula, We are arriving by taxi-boat from Sierpe and it’s a little unclear where the drop off is. We are staying at Cabinas Pura Vida, near playa colorada, and we are wondering how can we get to our lodging from the drop off… are there taxis in the area or do we have to walk ?!
Also, we’ve read that the Full-day excursion of the Corovado National Park is really worth it but its leaving at 6 am from puerto jimenez, so we are wondering is it even possible to make it on time ?
Thank you for your advice and keep up the great work, your blog is amazing and really helpful !
Thanks for your compliments on our website, glad it has helped you. Drake Bay is an awesome destination and one of our favorites! The way it usually works is that you communicate with your hotel beforehand and let them know what time you are planning on getting the boat in Sierpe. They then communicate with the boat driver (who finds you in Sierpe) to get you dropped off on the right part of the beach in Drake Bay. Often times someone from the hotel will be there waiting for you too. Since Cabinas Pura Vida is right in town, you can easily walk up the road to get there. If you have a lot of bags, sometimes the hotel will have a four-wheeler or truck meet you.
For the full day tour into Corcovado, there are many options that also leave from Drake Bay. This would save you from going all the way to the other side of the peninsula to Puerto Jimenez. You should definitely book this as soon as possible though as reservations through the park service are sometimes backed up.