I keep going with my Costa Rica vacations in the beautiful Drake Bay, in the Southern Pacific of Puntarenas, sitting between the Osa Peninsula and the amazing Corcovado National Park, one of the most popular touristic attractions in Costa Rica. I learnt that Drake is the entrance point to the wonderful diving spot called Isla del Cano, so I called a Costa Rica tour operator and immediately booked the tour to the island.
Access to Drake Bay is basically restricted to boat, due to the narrow, dirt road getting flooded during the rainy season, therefore becoming unusable. Another reason to take the boat is the spectacular landscape during the 2 hour trip from Sierpe, a small town you can get to by taking a cab or bus from Palmar Norte, which is 4 hours from San Jose by car, or a 45-minute flight.
Isla del Cano is 12 miles from the shore line, so a quick boat trip will get you there in a few minutes. The island, which is also a Biological Reserve, is deserted, and there is a huge variety of marine life and coral reefs in its pristine, blue waters, making it one of the most popular Costa Rica diving tours. You will see many species of fishes, sharks and whales in Isla del Cano Biological Reserve. Turtles, dolphins, rays and other can be seen too. There are camping areas in specific areas, and there are some restrictions, so ask your Costa Rica travel agency or the Rangers Service first.
Isla del Cano has evidence of ancient pre-columbian civilizations, having spheric stones, carved by hand and very similar to the ones found in the Guayabo Monument in Turrialba. That makes the island also an important archeological spot, and one of the best Costa Rica eco tours.
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