Would you name a place after a notorious pirate who had ransacked your coastline and hid out here, evading capture? To our surprise we discovered that is exactly what happened here in the south west of Costa Rica; Bahia Drake is named for Sir Francis Drake.
This beautiful bay is thought to have been used by him as a port during his raids on the Spanish Main in the 16th century. There are those who say too that one of his legendary treasure troves is hidden in its waters.
The eco-lodge of Aguila de Osa sits above the waters of the Pacific just south of the small town that shares its name with the bay. One afternoon during our stay here we decided to follow the trail into town, a walk of probably a mile each way. Not far, but with so much to see along the way.
Let me share some of its delights with you for Jo’s Monday Walk this week. And as the sea air is so beautifully fresh, despite the almost tropical heat, I’m doubling up with Terri’s Sunday Stills theme too.
So let’s set off …
Soon after leaving the hotel we came across a tree with the most amazing exposed root system I’ve ever seen; stretching across the path to a distance of several metres from the tree itself. It was hard to photograph in its entirety but created some interesting sculptural shapes.
Near here was a beautiful clump of bamboo in shades of fresh green.
My favourite sight had to be the gorgeous avenue of hibiscus we found as we detoured away from the coastline to cross a small river.
The river crossing was via a very wobbly suspension bridge, made wobblier by a group of local girls who seemed to delight in making it sway! That made it difficult to photograph the pretty Kiskadee perched on a wire across the stream.
A Frigatebird flew overhead …
And a Sandpiper waded near where the river meandered down on to the beach.
There were beautiful flowers too.
On the beach a dog sat guarding a coconut! The tracks are from jeeps parked here by the beach, from where tourists depart by boat for the various lodges along the coast or for trips to Caño Island.
I hope the tourists aren’t hungry, as the food truck appears to have shut up shop!
On the way back we just had to stop off for a cold drink in the Kalaluna Café, perfectly located with lovely views out across the bay.
So I hope you’ve enjoyed the walk and felt just a little of that fresh sea air along the way!
I visited Costa Rica in February 2022