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One Day in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

Updated: Sep 11, 2021

Hello to the Pura Vida once again! If you didn't know, I left Atlanta, GA in 2020 to travel to Costa Rica for my first stop for my travel to 7 Continents.

In 2016, I came to Costa Rica for the first time with our transformational retreats and knew I wanted to come back to discover new parts of Costa Rica. Earlier in 2021, I came to Costa Rica for about three months visiting La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, and Escazu near San Jose.

What an adventure!

Before I left Costa Rica last time, I knew I wanted to travel to Costa Rica again to explore new parts of the country, partner with travel brands for digital marketing projects, and create retreats with influencer marketing.

During the summer, while I visited Tulum, Mexico three months, I decided to travel to the Osa Peninsula in the south of Costa Rica when I returned for the third time. My third time in Costa Rica ended up including a press trip and digital marketing project for a month to the Osa Peninsula.

National Geographic describes Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula as “The most biologically intense place on earth.”

No matter how much time you have in Costa Rica, visiting the Osa Peninsula for even a short visit is well worth the trip. Let's talk about what I recommend for One Day in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.


One Day in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

While the Osa Peninsula has a population of about 30,000 residents, about 60,000 people visited Drake Bay in 2019 alone.

That's one of the reasons why I decided to spend not just One Day in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica but about a month on a digital marketing press trip in Costa Rica. If you are curious about my creating and adventuring, check out my third month in Mexico in 2021!

If you don't know where to start with your time in and near Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, I am here to help you #createit! Traveling helps you transform in more ways than one when you travel globally.

While there is plenty to experience one day all around the Osa Peninsula to transform and travel whether you come solo, with family, or with a group, you will definitely want to consider staying longer.

Follow this One Day in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will help you make your travels transformational even it's a short trip.

My recommendations for a day in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica includes transportation through Sierpe to go on the boat, sunrise in Drake Bay, snorkeling at Cano Island, sunset, and favorite food spots: La Chosa in Drake Bay and Marisqueria Corcovado Seafood in Puerto Jimenez.

Sierpe, Costa Rica

Getting to Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Getting to the Osa Peninsula isn't the easiest place in the world to travel to. At the same time, you can make an adventure out of it for sure.

I flew from Cancun Airport direct to San Jose, Costa Rica with Volaris Airlines for about $140 USD one way. While you may find flights to San Jose, Costa Rica, or Liberia, Costa Rica airport on most international airlines, you have options for travel to the Osa Peninsula.

Within Costa Rica, you may find flights with Sansa Airlines and Nature Air to travel to the Osa Peninsula. As of August 2021, with luggage over 30 lbs, the one-way flights are about $155 USD with 2+ week advance purchase.

If you opt to drive to the Osa Peninsula, the roads are well paved and well-marked until you get to the northern part of the Osa Peninsula in Sierpe. Depending on which part of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica you are going to, it is about 5-8 hours away by car from San Jose, Costa Rica.

While you may decide to fly or drive, you could make the travel to Osa Peninsula a unique adventure like I did! I found out about the daily Tracopa Bus at 8:30 am daily from San Jose, Costa Rica from My Tan Feet for about $12 USD (cash only currently) to Sierpe.

I promise the adventure gets better from Sierpe to Drake Bay, Costa Rica. From Sierpe, you may take the afternoon boat through the mangroves and the ocean to Drake Bay for $20. The one-way cost of the adventure ±$32 USD.

Drake Bay

The actual adventure = priceless!

I loved taking the bus and boat! It was five times cheaper, and with airport travel and waiting, the travel time is only about 2 hours longer.

My Visit to Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Thanks to my press trip to Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, it will likely not be my last.

There is so much to experience in and near the Osa Peninsula including beaches, nature, and wildlife. Although I enjoyed a month from the middle of August to the middle of September in 2021, there is so much to experience!

I enjoyed experiencing Sierpe, Drake Bay, Cano Island, Puerto Jimenez, and nearby areas during my visit to Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Stays

After arriving by bus in Sierpe, Costa Rica, and on the shores of Drake Bay, Costa Rica, I spent my first night in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica at Casa Tuanis.

Airbnb in Drake Bay, Costa Rica

I found Casa Tuanis via Airbnb in the center of town and was easily walkable to the grocery store, restaurants, and the beach.

The Airbnb in Drake Bay is perfect for a stay with a private room, town access, and community shared space with kitchen, living room, and outdoor space for <$30 USD a night.

Airbnb in Drake Bay, Costa Rica

For my one night in Drake Bay, the Airbnb with Casa Tuanis ended up being perfect! I arrived at about 6 pm at the Airbnb. The owner, Jamaica arranged a taxi for me to come to the Airbnb. It is easily walkable with little to no luggage.

However, with a 35 lb ish suitcase and a 15+ lb backpack going uphill, it is a bit challenging I would imagine. The taxi from the shore to the Airbnb is about $5 USD. Totally worth protecting my back and yours!

I am grateful I stayed at Casa Tuanis the night before my snorkeling in Cano Island, Costa Rica.

Sustainable Farm Stay with Travel Brand near Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

For the rest of my stay for about a month in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, I stayed with Cindy, the owner of Tropical Escapade and other travel brands. This is an adventure and experience that will forever live in my heart.

Cindy herself goes above and beyond to introduce you to farm life with wildlife and wonder!

As a result of my press trip and digital marketing project via a platform Workaway, I got to experience and adventure filled with awe and wonder at an almost entirely sustainable farm stay nearby Puerto Jimenez.