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Finca Maresia, Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula

Agujitas de Drake, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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Drake Bay: A Jaunt Off the Beaten Path Drake Bay  Costa Rica

Drake Bay: A Jaunt Off the Beaten Path

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.