The Osa Explorer will transport you directly into Costa Rica’s wildest places only accessible by air or sea. You’ll experience plenty of wildlife snorkeling off Cano Island and hiking Corcovado National Park’s wilderness trails. Flying into Drake Bay, you’ll stay in a beachfront ecolodge as your base camp for offshore adventures. As with all our specialty vacations, the Osa Explorer value-packed itinerary can be 100% customized to match your budget and interests. Check pricing notes for details. Take Advantage of Green Season Discounts of up to $120!
The Osa Explorer provides an awesome opportunity to venture into primitive pristine areas only accessible by plane and boat. You’ll be flown into Drake Bay where you’ll be taken by boat to snorkel Cano Island’s protected reefs and hike the wilderness trails of Corcovado National Park. Best of all, the Osa Explorer vacation is fully customizable, so you can switch it up to make it the perfect trip for you!
Number of nights: 6 (customizable)
Per person price from *$1,044
We will await your arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) near San Jose. After a quick meet and greet, a private transfer will take you to the Country Inn and Suites, a nearby airport hotel. Built around a central courtyard, the hotel offers a swimming pool and lounge area surrounded by tropical gardens.
The next morning, you’ll be flown down to Osa Peninsula, where you’ll stay at the beachfront Pirate Cove Hotel on Drake Bay. Remote Drake Bay provides the perfect jumping off point for exploring Corcovado National Park and Cano Island, only accessible by boat. Pirate Cove Hotel is a rustic, no-frills ecolodge offering guests direct beach access and a unique tropical experience with outstanding customer service. You’ll enjoy cooling off in the hotel’s small but refreshing swimming pool.
On the third day, you’ll cruise out to the protected reefs rimming Cano Island and go snorkeling. The island was once a ceremonial location for ancient indigenous tribes and legend has it that Sir Francis Drake may have hidden treasure there. While traveling by boat, it is not uncommon to see dolphins, sea turtles, and during certain times of the year, whales frequenting these waters.
The following day, you’ll go by boat down a beautiful stretch of untouched coastline to reach Sirena Station at Corcovado National Park. Again, you may see dolphins, turtles, rays or whales along the way. When you arrive, it will be a wet-landing, so be prepared! Your guide will take you deep into the protected jungle, hiking the natural habitat of many species of native wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, tapir, and even wild jungle cats!
Your last day on the Osa, designed to give you time on your own, has no scheduled tours. You can enjoy swimming or lounging at the beach or exploring nearby Drake Bay. If you would like to customize your itinerary to add a tour, that can be easily arranged.
On the sixth day, you’ll fly back to San Jose and once again stay overnight at the Country Inn and Suites where you can enjoy the pool and tropical gardens. On the seventh day, we’ll provide a transfer back to SJO for your return flight home.
Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica and on to your Airport Hotel in the Central Valley
We’ll await your arrival at the San Jose Int’l Airport (SJO) and then provide a private transfer to a nearby airport hotel, Country Inn and Suites. Welcome to Costa Rica!
Country Inn and Suites
Day 2: Flight to Drake Bay (Osa Peninsula) (B, D)
You’ll be taken to the airport for a domestic flight down to Drake Bay and the Pirate Cove Hotel, a beachfront ecolodge. You’ll have time in the afternoon to enjoy the beach or explore Drake Bay. Note: the domestic flight has a size and weight limit on luggage per person.
Pirate Cove Hotel
Day 3: Snorkeling at Cano Island (B, L, D)
You’ll cruise to Cano Island by boat for a guided snorkeling experience over protected reefs teeming with colorful fish. On the way to the island you’ll likely see a variety of birds and marine life.
Pirate Cove Hotel
Day 4: Corcovado National Park, Sirena Station (B, L, D)
You’ll be going again by boat down a scenic stretch of protected coastline to reach Sirena Station located within Corcovado National Park. After a wet landing, a naturalist guide will lead a 2 to 3 hour hike pointing out wildlife.
Pirate Cove Hotel
Day 5: Beach and Exploring Day (B, L, D)
Designed to give you time on your own, no tours are planned for today. You might like to enjoy swimming at the beach, explore Drake Bay or just lounge around the hotel’s pool in a hammock. If you would rather do something adventurous, your itinerary can be easily customized to add a tour.
Pirate Cove Hotel
Day 6: Flight back to San Jose (B)
You’ll fly by domestic flight back to San Jose where you will once again stay at the Country Inn Hotel and Suites near the airport. Here you can enjoy the courtyard pool surrounded by tropical gardens.
Country Inn and Suites
Day 7: Return to the Airport (B)
We’ll provide a transfer back to the San Jose Int’l Airport in plenty of time for your flight home.
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The Country Inn and Suites are located in the Cariari neighborhood between the airport and San Jose. You’ll be stopping here on your first and last night but will likely have little time to explore the area. View this destination…
Drake Bay, an outpost town on the remote northern shore of Osa Peninsula, is difficult to access by car as there are multiple river crossings that are often impassible. Most visitors arrive by plane or boat, leaving the area pristine and relatively untouched. From Drake Bay, Cano Island and Corcovado National Park can only be reached by boat. All of the hotels are ecolodges and most are quite primitive, running on generator electricity during set hours. Corcovado is one of the wildest places in the world, home to countless species of rare and exotic wildlife, many of which are endemic to this region. View this destination…
Some animals that live in the South Pacific… (actual images may have been taken in other locations)
The Country Inn and Suites provides a comfortable and reasonably priced option for your airport hotel. Located only minutes from SJO, the hotel offers an authentic Costa Rican vibe with a swimming pool and lounge area surrounded by tropical gardens in a central courtyard. View this hotel…
Pirate Cove Hotel offers guests a true ecolodge experience with direct beach access and a small swimming pool. The rooms are very basic, with little more than shelter, bath, and bed, yet the experience of a beachfront jungle setting, surrounded by wildlife, can’t be beaten! Guests can easily walk to the town of Drake Bay. The lodge specializes as an ecotourism basecamp for those visiting Osa Peninsula, especially Cano Island and Corcovado National Park. View this hotel…
Cano Island, a national biological reserve, has five protected coral reef areas, accessible only by guided tours. Located 15 kilometers off the coast of Drake Bay, it is considered one of the two top places to snorkel in Costa Rica. You’ll take a boat out to the island, then go on a guided snorkeling tour surrounded by colorful fish. After snorkeling, lunch will be served on the boat. View this tour…
The tour begins by boat cruising along protected pristine shoreline to reach the wilderness area of Sirena Station located within the vast Corcovado National Park. You’ll have a wet beach landing before being joined by your naturalist guide who will take you hiking on groomed jungle trails for 2 or 3 hours searching for wildlife. Common sightings include several species of monkeys, sloths, agouti, and many species of birds. You may also be fortunate to see a tapir or large cat! View this tour…
Your Package Includes: (remember; you can customize any aspect!)
Award-Winning VIP Service
Hotels & Resorts (hotels can be substituted at an adjusted rate)
Tours, Activities & More (tours can be substituted at an adjusted rate)
Transportation (a rental car or other transportation options can be substituted at an adjusted rate)
Meals & Drinks (based on hotel and tour selections)
13 meals per person (when reserved as stated)
Low Season 2018 rates start at $1,044 USD* per person double occupancy, $964 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $1,349 USD* pp for single occupancy for the lodges listed above. High season 2019 rates start at $1,133 USD* per person double occupancy, $1,052 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $1,435 USD* pp for single occupancy for the same lodges. Low Season 2019 rates start at $1,056 USD* per person double occupancy, $967 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $1,350 USD* pp for single occupancy for the same lodges.You can upgrade or downgrade hotels to match your preferences and budget.
*Your vacation will be 100% customized to your needs. After inquiring with us, you will receive an exact price based on your custom itinerary. Please include special requests in the comments section. The rates listed here include current taxes, hotels, tours and transfers as described unless otherwise indicated. Rates may vary based on your travel dates, room occupancy, and type of transportation selected. Green season pricing and offers listed above are for select travel dates only and restrictions may apply. Inquire for details. Prices are subject to change at any time and do NOT include international airfare, travel insurance or any other services that are not expressly mentioned.
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