Corals, coconuts and snorkeling at San Josecito beach

Are you going to visit Drake Bay and want to see playa San Josecito (Costa Rica)?

👉 I tell you how to get to San Josecito beach, what the beach is like, where to stay and what to do in San Josecito and Drake Bay

San Josecito beach (Costa Rica)

  1. San Josecito
  2. Things to do in San Josecito
  3. The Corner of San Josecito
  4. How to get to San Josecito
  5. where to stay
  6. Tours in Costa Rica
  7. Things to do near San Josecito
  8. Is it a safe place to travel?
  9. Eating Vegan in Costa Rica

San Josecito (Drake Bay)

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San Josecito beach is located in the final section of the Drake Bay trail, and is quite far from the central area of the Bay (Colorada beach); Don’t worry though, it’s easy to get to.

The sand is golden in color and huge chunks of coral can be found! In addition, the environment is clean and well preserved.

If you like to swim, keep in mind that in general the waters in the area are quite strong and the water is deep. Try to be careful, especially when the tide rises.

What to do at San Josecito beach

I tell you the most important things you need to know to organize your excursion to San Josecito. Here’s what you can do at the beach, and some tips to keep in mind:

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have a picnic

If you decide to hit the trail and explore this part of Drake Bay, San Josecito is a nice place to stop and grab a bite to eat.

Right next door, if you walk away a few meters, there is a pebble beach with very nice views (the one in the photo below); also, since there is a lot of shade, it is cool compared to tropical temperatures.

I have to add that in San Josecito you will find coconuts! You can pick up some to refresh yourself and, if you want to learn how to open coconuts with your hands, in the previous link I tell you my tricks.

Go snorkelling

A man who lived there told me that you can snorkel when the tide is low, and if you’re not afraid of swimming, you can go to the small islets in front to watch the turtles.

I didn’t try it, but he told me very convinced. It has to be a beautiful experience (bearing in mind that there are not many places to snorkel in Drake Bay); but ask before at the hotel lest there be strong currents.

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Caño island

In case you want to do the Caño Island tour to snorkel or scuba dive, this is where you will have lunch.

They will give you about a full hour to enjoy the food and the beach, and you can take the opportunity to see San Josecito without having to specifically plan an excursion.

Bearing this in mind, if you organize your own excursion to San Josecito, it is better to go before or after lunch time, this way you avoid finding it crowded and you can be more relaxed.

In general, there are not many people in the area, except for those who come from the tour and people who explore the trail and enjoy the nature of the place.

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RincĂłn de San Josecito

RincĂłn de San Josecito is a very long beach that is located right next to San Josecito beach.

It is visually very beautiful and has the advantage of being very calm, you probably won’t find anyone lying on the sand. Also, hopefully you will see horses freely grazing!

This beach also has some offers in accommodation and restaurants, and it is a nice option to take into account to spend the night.

How to get to San Josecito

I am going to tell you first how to get to San Josecito if you are already in Drake Bay, and below how to get there from different parts of Costa Rica.

How to get there From Playa Colorada (Drake Bay)

It can be reached on foot following the coast along the path (it is very beautiful and I recommend it), and the level of difficulty is low, since the terrain is flat and the path is well marked.

If what you want is to do the trail quietly, and enjoy the beaches that you find along the way, it will take a long time to get to San Josecito. I recommend that you take the boat that leaves from Playa Colorada.

This option is faster and will allow you to enjoy the area’s beaches more calmly. They have stipulated times to come and go (ask at the hotel or at Playa Colorada), and the entire journey will cost about $20.

How to get there from other places

The way to go directly to San Josecito is the same as going to Drake Bay, all you have to do is tell the people on the boat that you are going to San Josecito (you will have to pay extra).

The road is a bit long and you can do it by bus, plane (only from San José), transfer or car.

In this link I leave you all the information to get to Drake Bay from Sierpe, San José, Dominical, Uvita and Quepos; and how to get there from Puerto Jiménez.

Where to stay

The tourist center of Drake Bay is located in Playa Colorada. There are different hotels and hostels, two supermarkets and a restaurant to eat. Although there is everything you need for day to day, the offer in restaurants is not very extensive either.

stay at colorada beach

  • En el caso de bahĂ­a Drake, creo que el Ăşnico motivo por el que vale la pena alojarse cerca de la zona turĂ­stica es si necesitas un supermercado cerca.
  • Además, cuenta con la desventaja de que la mayorĂ­a de alojamientos no se encuentran en la playa mismo sino en una carretera que hace subida (es feote).


If you want to stay on a quieter and more relaxed beach, in RincĂłn de San Josecito you will find accommodation and restaurants; In addition, you will avoid meeting the tours daily.

You won’t have any problems with transportation either, since you can talk to the hotel for directions or ask at the Sierpe pier to be taken to Rincón de San Josecito.

Stay at another beach

If you want to spend just a few days in the area, I think it is a much better option to stay on any other beach, where you will be calmer and have the sea right in front of you.

A location in the center of the path will be very practical for shorter excursions and to be able to visit the beaches of the path more calmly.

Tours in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a very varied country in fauna and nature. You can visit volcanoes, natural parks, towering waterfalls, sunbathe on the beach, kayak,…

Here is a list with the activities and tours you can enjoy during your trip:

What to do near San Josecito

The main attraction of Drake Bay and its surroundings are the paradisiacal beaches, the fauna, and scuba diving and snorkeling. I will tell you about some of the places and activities that you cannot miss during your stay.

RĂ­o Claro (river)

RĂ­o Claro is located on the Drake Bay trail, and flows into a beautiful beach where turtles nest.

There is a small refuge there that accepts volunteers to work with the sea turtles and, if you pass by around 4 in the afternoon, you can also see the release and make a small donation.

The people of the refuge also organize boat trips on the river to finance their expenses and, when the tide is high, they can cross you to the other side for a small fee.

Playa Cocolito

Playa Cocolito is one of the beaches on the trail, and it’s pretty quiet. It is divided in two by a small stone wall and provides a little more privacy.

There is a grassy area to lie down where people usually gather, and it has a hotel where you can spend the night.

Playa Caletas

Playa Caletas seemed to me to be one of the best beaches in Drake Bay, and although it has a hotel on the beach itself, it is not at all noisy, but you can easily find yourself alone.

It is super neat and tidy, and you can peacefully swing on a wooden swing while admiring the views. When I went, I could see two eagles trying to catch a pelican with no luck.

Isla del Caño

Caño Island is a protected park that is located just off the coast of Drake Bay.

Tours are organized for snorkeling (70 $US) and diving (2 dives for 135 $US) and a short stop is made on the island. The seascape is very beautiful, it is full of towering columns of coral.

Warning: it is not a type of snorkel that I would recommend for people who are afraid of deep water, since you will be swimming in the open sea and the depth is about 10m.

Is it a safe place to travel?

Costa Rica is a moderately dangerous country, where nothing should happen to you if you go carefully and take precautions. Remember to follow these recommendations:

  • In case of robbery, do not resist physically.
  • Do not show a high purchasing power, that is, do not go with jewels, bags, etc … that are expensive.
  • Be careful if you go out at night, and stay in crowded places where you are surrounded by other people.
  • Thefts are usual, so don’t go with the camera or mobile in your hand or hang out of your neck.
  • Try to avoid carrying the backpack on the back. Put it in front of you, or use a belt pouch or a cross bag.

Personally, I spent 3 months traveling alone in Costa Rica (I visited San José, Puerto Viejo, Tortuguero, Dominical, Uvita, Bay Drake and Puerto Jiménez) and I did not find myself in any really serious situation.

Going down the street with the camera, several Costa Rican people approached and warned me that they were carefully with robberies, since they told me that they are very frequent.

In my case, during the trip they tried to steal 2 times and, luckily, I realized on time and I could avoid it. In any case, it is always a good idea to have travel insurance that can compensate you financially and help you if a medical emergency occurs.

👉 If you are interested in traveling alone, I recommend this article about the reasons and benefits of traveling alone and this other article with tips for traveling alone being a woman. I encourage you to try it since it is a great and very profitable experience for oneself.

Eating Vegan in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is not a country faced with vegan food. Anyway, they have some traditional dishes that are vegan or that you can ask without egg or sauces such as the pico of rooster (rice with beans for breakfast), black bean soup or rice with vegetables.

You should always ask if the purés or soups are made with some type of dairy product or meat broth, since at first glance they might seem vegan dishes but not be.

In San José you can find some vegan restaurants, but when you leave the capital the offer is very limited or non -existent. Next, I make three recommendations and in this link you can read tips to travel vegan.

  1. Try to stay in hotels that are characterized by cooking vegan and vegetarian dishes. This is the best option and the most practical for not having to be looking for places where to eat comfortable without always repeating the same dishes.
  2. Before making a tour, always comment that you are vegan or vegetarian, so that they can adapt the food.
  3. Costa Rica is a country where you can find a variety of fresh products (fruits and vegetables) to prepare salads and breakfast with fruits. In any city or town, you will easily find some supermarket or stalls on the street where you can buy groceries.

¡Espero que te encante Bahía Drake y aproveches al máximo tu estancia!