For a DIY Drake Bay experience on a tight budget, Rio Drake Farm is your best option. Owned by a Swiss biologist and her Costa Rican naturalist guide husband, the small guesthouse and horse ranch has just a few basic rooms with private bathrooms, electric fans, and paintings of local wildlife decorating the walls. Each is fronted by a small patio with a hammock. There’s free use of canoes and use of the kitchen, plus low priced options for nearly any type of tour in the area.