If you're anything like me, the word "tourist" annoys you. Instead of conforming, you plan your travels to avoid the tourist traps. You strive to feel like a local, even if you're there for only 5 days. That's when I discovered Drake Bay, or Bahía Drake, as the locals call it.
My months of research led me to this incredible "non-touristy" haven. Bahía Drake is located on the Osa Peninsula -- the southern west coast of Costa Rica. You could not pick a more perfect place to embrace the beauty this country has to offer.
To make your trip more adventurous, instead of flying in, rent a car from San José and trickle your way down the west coast. Cruise down highway 34, explore a sleepy beach town such as Playa Dominical or Playa Uvita, and then, stop at a local Soda for an authentic lunch experience. When you finally arrive, those 8-10 hours of driving felt like 3 -- well worth every minute!
Bahía Drake, home to Finca Maresia -- beautiful open air bungalows, a lovely reception area perched on top of a hill to relax and soak up the wildlife, and very peaceful grounds. The owner, Miguel, cooks up delicious meals and is extremely accommodating. Finca Maresia is also a great base for exploring Corcovado National Park -- a must!
This is a part of the world every traveler should spoil themselves with.