Activities & Tours

"Life Discovers Life in Layers"

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Besides sunbathing on the remote and secluded beach cove, spending time in stillness and quiet in the hammocks, and enjoying the rejuvenating sweetness of doing nothing, there are many fun ways to play and explore the beauty within yourself, and the jungle-beach world that is this natural sanctuary.


The best time to see birds and animals is in the early morning. We will wake up with you at 5:30am to make sure you have breakfast and coffee before you head out.


From the hostel gate - one direction takes you to the entrance of the San Pedrillo Nation Forest (2hrs), and the other direction takes you along the jungle-beach path, through the Rio Claro Nature Wildlife Preserve, and all the way to the town of Drake Bay, a 4 - 6 hour round trip trek if you are up for it- but will worth it! Exquisitely beautiful with countless pristine and hidden beaches to stop at, many with lava rock outcroppings and surprising tide-pools within them. 


Early Morning Hike

Even if you are not participating as a volunteer in the volunteer program at the Sea Turtle Conservation Project you can still participate in the turtle releases that happen about once a week during the conservation season May - December.


If you have never done it before, or if you have you know, it is an uplifting experience to hold a new born baby sea turtle and cheer it on as it makes its journey across the sand to the sea...  More about Sea Turtle Project Volunteering


Sea Turtle Releases

Included in your stay is use of our snorkling equipment - masks and fins!

San Josecito Beach is a 15 minute walk from the hostel. Voted one of the top 10 beaches in Costa Rica, and along with snorkling, it is perfect for swimming, sun bathing, and has a shaded picnic area.


There is a small island you can swim to that is surrounded by bright coral reefs and tropical fish. We recommend you wait for low-tide to get the best view!


Snorkeling San Josecito

Remember boogie boarding as a kid?!

Never done it?!


One of the best way to experience the joy and play of the waves without having to learn to surf! The waves up and down Playa Rincon - the beach we are located on - are perfect for it, and use of our boogie boards are included in your stay! 


Boogie Boarding

Sunsets that are radiant with pulsating colors and the song of life..... ever changing, no one is the same.  An array and vibrancy that is unique to this beautiful, pure remote area.  The breathtakenly beautiful landscape they create will remain with you as you travel on.  




Everything you need to make a bonfire on the beach is here. 


Enjoy a great way to be with the elements (and keep the bugs away!) during night time star gazing ~ which, along with the evening sunsets is a spectacular experience. In the dry season, the night time sky is thick and crisp and full of shooting stars. 




Down at the Rio Claro Wildlife Preserve, the site of our Rio Claro Aventuras Eco-Tours, as well as the Sea Turtle Conservation Project, you can rent a surfboard from us and enjoy the swells in the alcove of this precious beach.

For 15 years, Life For Life's owner Ricardo, joyfully surfed here every morning. 

Ricardo ... Punta Rio Claro.....Beautiful 


We arrange Tours Around Drake Bay and on the OSA Peninsula

There are many different tours to experience around Drake Bay... a great way to explore deeper into what Costa Rica has to offer.

All Tours Below are offered to Life for Life Hostel Drake Clients Only. 

We offer our Rio Claro Tours to all who are interested.  See info at Rio Claro Tours 

  • Just let us know what you are interested in and we will arrange for you.

  • If you know your itinerary in advance, great -- send us a message and we will set it up for you.

  • If you would like to schedule your tours once you arrive that is also fine, we will just need at least 24 hrs notice. 

Horseback Riding

A different way to experience the jungle and the beach through the peace and upliftment that comes from connection with horses. 

  • 2.5 - 3 hours

  • Schedule anytime you like before 2pm

  • $50/per person 

Snorkling Cano Island

Designated the 2nd best snorkling and scuba diving in Costa Rica, Cano Island is a protected underwater Reserve and an adventure not to miss. Crystal clear waters and so much sea life it has been described as "swimming in an aquarium". Schools of brilliantly colored fish, corals, Sea Turtles, sharks, dolphins and more.

  • 7am - 1pm

  • $85/per person +13% VAT includes transport from Drake, gear, guide, entrance fees and snacks

Scuba Diving Cano Island

An even deeper way to experience the amazing underwater reserve of Cano Island. Total immersion!

  • 7am - 2pm

  • 2 Dives: $140/per person includes transport, entrance fees, gear, guide, snacks and lunch

  • 3 Dives: $195/pp

  • +$20/pp for boat taxi to and from Hostel to Drake

Cocovado National Park - Sirena Station Day Tour

Take a day tour through the famous Cocovado National Park. You will take a boat from Drake Bay to the entrance point to the park and hike to La Sirena Station, the center point of the park. The diversity of plants, trees, animals and birds in this original forest is immense.

  • 6am - 1pm

  • $95/per person plus 13% VAT

Canopy Walk and Zip Line

Such a cool way to experience the rainforest - from the canopy! It is a totally different world up there, with different birds, different mammals and a different perspective of the earth. Canopy tours include climbing, rappelling, walking sky bridges, look out platforms, and Zip Lining through the trees! 

  • 3 - 4 hours

  • $65

Rio Claro Aventuras Eco-Tours and Hostel Tours

At Life for Life we offer a night hike, as well as taking you out on our boat to see the whales and dolphins when in season.


We also offer our canoe and kayak tours up the Rio Claro that include hiking to waterfalls, jumping off of cliffs and floating back down the river to the ocean.


Schedule Tours


You will be paying the tour operator directly so be sure to bring enough cash!

  • What adventures are you interested in experiencing during your stay?

  • Do you know the days you would like to schedule them?

  • Or would you like to schedule once you have arrived? Keep in mind, we need at least 24 hours advance notice to schedule.


  The Jungle House

The Jungle house tour starts at 7 o'clock in the morning at Rincon beach where you will travel via ATV by a basco resort on the trail through the  National Park  where you will be met by Alfredo, your guide on this tour.  Alfredo is a  Conservationist who protects many hectors of jungle lands and has a vast experience of 35 years, which includes knowledge in all of the diversity that the OSA peninsula offers.   Once you arrive at the giant house in the center of the forest your guide will give you a tour of 150 trees including many delicious, indigenous fruit trees, plants, medicine plants and trees and exotic fora.  You will have a rare unique opportunity to observe birds, butterflies, and animals of so many jungle varieties  including a whole bird show.  As part of your tour you will visit pure, enlivened waters at the  union of two rivers where you will find refreshing waterfalls and a large natural Jacuzzi.   Upon returning to the jungle house in the afternoon you will have time to rest in a hammock, in your tent or private room or somewhere in this resplendent vibrant place of  life  and take in the enchanting symphony of the many species and colors of birds.  As dusk surrounds you and night arrives you will with others help create a beautiful meal of natural foods and spices coming together with each other in the tranquility and beauty this space offers.  

After dinner you will have a night tour of frogs insects, snakes, nocturnal birds and other animals and in the morning  prepare breakfast with fruits from the garden.  After breakfast there will be a short time for relaxing and listening to music or reading literature from a small library.  Around noon you will be guided on the trail back to and through the national park where your guide will leave you at the park station  where you will be met by the ATV(quad bike) and back to Rincon beach and Life for Life Hostel for lunch.  This incredible adventure will give you memories of a lifetime.

$115 is the cost of these unforgettable two days. Everything above is included.  Do feel free to make a donation to your host at the Jungle House as it helps to maintain this for others.

"Awesome Costa Rica Experience...

Just an awesome place to relax right on the incredible drake bay. Amazing rainforest and scenic views all around.
Staff is super nice and outgoing. Will feel at home on the hammocks overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

~David B

Traveled with family

"What An Amazing Experience...


This is one of my favorite places I've ever been to. The beach directly in front of the hostel is gorgeous. The tents located in the back of property were awesome. They have nice comfortable beds placed in them and you wake up to the sound of birds chirping. The family who run the place are very warm and welcoming and couldn't have made us feel any more at home. I Highly recommend this place! It was by far our favorite stay on the whole Osa Peninsula. The 3 meals a day they cook are delicious. I plan on returning sometime within the next few years.


Traveled Solo

"Unforgettable, Authentic Experience in Paradise...

I can't recommend Life for Life (and the people who make it such an incredible place!) enough. If you're looking for a really authentic experience in Costa Rica, away from the tourism, filled with nature and wildlife, this is the place to go. 

~ Jan

Traveled as a couple

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