Playa San Josecito, South Puntarenas

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On the west of the beautiful Osa Peninsula in southern Puntarenas province, one can find the gorgeous and remote Drake Bay. Named after Sir Francis Drake, who landed here over three centuries ago, this picturesque bay is a wonderful holiday getaway. Ideal for those who are looking for some peace and quiet, this bay is remote and has endless swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.

Of all the beautiful beaches found on Drake Bay’s coast, the stunning Playa San Josecito is a wonderful place to spend the day. Though the accommodations here are sparse and there are only a few hotels nearby, this beach is a great spot to camp under the stars. A beach lover’s paradise, Playa San Josecito is private and secluded, and is the ideal area to escape the throngs of people that otherwise flock Costa Rica’s coastline.

Just a few kilometers north of San Pedrillo in Corcovado Natinoal Park, Playa San Josecito has a superb coral cove that is safe for snorkeling and offers tourists some lovely underwater excursions. If you like, you can also rent a kayak from here and paddle up and down Costa Rica’s glorious Pacific Coast. For those who enjoy a more active trip, horseback rides or hiking into Corcovado National Park can also be arranged. However, most people who come here usually prefer to just lie in the warmth of the sun and take in the beach’s relaxed and laidback atmosphere.

To get to Playa San Josecito, one has to catch a domestic flight to Palmar Sur from San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport and then take a taxi to Sierpe then take a taxi boat to Playa San Josecito. Another option is to take a boat trip from Dominical or Drake Bay to Playa San Josecito. Though getting here is sometime tough especially during the rainy season, Playa San Josecito is worth the trouble as it offers some amazing panoramic views of the surrounding areas and the lovely Caño Island in the distance.