Discover Uvita : the pearl of the Pacific in Costa Rica

In the province of Puntaneras, Uvita is a real paradise on earth. This small village in the south of Costa Rica, on the Pacific coast, is known for its surf spot, its magnificent waterfalls, its natural parks as well as its beach, shaped like a whale’s tail. We take you to discover Uvita, the pearl of the Pacific, untouched by mass tourism.

Discover Uvita, the “Pura Vida” of Costa Rica

To discover Uvita is to return to the heart of Costa Rica, as one imagines it: Dense forests, endless mangroves and heavenly beaches. A city not yet invaded by the horde of tourists who prefer its neighbors Corcovado or Jaco. However, Uvita has so much to offer, starting with the unparalleled hospitality of its inhabitants and its peaceful way of life, the very symbol of the “Pura Vida”, dear to Costa Ricans.

The unavoidable

Tarcoles River

Many of the tourists do not know it, but, you are going to be one of the lucky ones. If you travel by rental car, and you come from San Jose in the direction of Uvita , you will find a river called Tarcoles .

You can park your car on the side of the road before starting the bridge and walk a bit above the river.

Yes! They are crocodiles , and this river is full of them! You will be able to observe them from above as they sunbathe or as they are taking a bath.

Ballena Marine National Park, Costa Rica

Entrance fee: $6 per person for foreigners and 1,000 colones for nationals.

Hours : From 7 am to 4 pm.

Without a doubt, it is one of the biggest attractions of Uvita Costa Rica. The National Park has an extension of 171 terrestrial hectares and 5,160 marine ones.

The biggest attraction of the Marino Ballena National Park is taking a boat tour looking for the humpback whales that pass through this area during their breeding season.

During the boat trip, we can also observe dolphins, turtles and the beautiful coast of Uvita full of palm trees and nature.

The best dates to do this tour and get lucky when it comes to seeing these incredible animals are from July to November and from mid-December to April , with September and October being the best time .

Ballena National Park

The Ballena Marine National Park is one of the must-see places to fully discover Uvita when you are on vacation in Costa Rica. A favorite site for humpback whales and several types of dolphins, Ballena National Park covers an area of ​​110 hectares of land and 5,375 hectares of sea.

This is an opportunity to see whales and dolphins emerging from the water to offer an impressive natural spectacle. We advise you to go there between July and October to have the chance to see them, because this is the period that corresponds to their reproduction cycle: The whales indeed land at the tip of the park where there is a formation of rock and sand that looks like a whale’s tail.

Playa Uvita

Within Ballena National Park, Playa Uvita is one of Costa Rica’s must-sees. Famous for its semi-circular “whale tail” shape, Uvita beach in the province of Puntaneras is a true natural paradise. The sea is calm and the waters limpid: Ideal for a snorkeling session in order to meet an impressive marine fauna and flora.

Uvita Waterfall

To discover Uvita, head for its most beautiful waterfall: Catarata Uvita. Easy to access, the waterfall is neither the highest nor the most spectacular, but will undoubtedly appeal to thrill seekers. Indeed, you can slide from the top of the waterfall, like rafting, but vertically. You can also take a leisurely swim in the crystal clear waters and immerse yourself in the peaceful surrounding jungle.

Green Waterfall

The Green Waterfall, located in Uvita , southern Costa Rica , is one of the things you can’t miss.

We are particularly passionate about waterfalls, beautiful places to cool off surrounded by amazing nature.

It is located about 4 kilometers from the city center and is easily accessible with a short stair descent.

You can get there by car and park it next to a small bar where they sell you the ticket for the Cascada Verde, which costs 2,000 colones (about 3 euros). And from the parking lot in 5 minutes you will be bathing in this beautiful waterfall.

Nauyaca Waterfalls, Perez Zeledon

One of the most impressive waterfalls in Costa Rica. It is located about 35 minutes from the city of Uvita and it is well worth getting here.

Entrance fee: $10 for foreigners and 3,500 colones for nationals.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The walk is somewhat hard, due to the heat and the great unevenness that there are in it, being almost all uphill.

From the office where you buy the tickets, there are 6 kilometers one way to the waterfall and another 6 kilometers back.

If you come by 4×4 car , you can go 2 kilometers to the parking lot and from there, walk 4 kilometers one way to the waterfall and another 4 kilometers back . Parking is priced at $3, which is paid when buying the ticket.

You have two other options to get to the waterfall:

  • On horseback for $85 per person. (Which we do not share due to animal abuse)
  • In pick up for $32 per person.

After the effort comes the reward, right? That’s right, when you arrive at the Nauyaca Falls , after a good walk, you will be left with your mouth open. It has several waterfalls and a huge freshwater pool where you can bathe.

In addition, its surroundings full of nature make the landscape fairytale. Without a doubt, one of the best things to do around Uvita or from Manuel Antonio .

Waterfall Pavon

Another waterfall in Uvita: La Cascada Pavon, more intimate and much less known. It is distinguished by its small rock stuck in the middle of two large rocks from which flows the waterfall.

Kayaking in the mangroves

In Uvita, do not miss kayaking in the mangroves. In the Terraba Sierpe National Reserve, climb aboard a kayak to admire the fauna and flora, and enjoy absolute calm, far from the crowds. A three-hour excursion in the company of a guide who will explain to you more about the history of Costa Rica and its jungle.

Discover Uvita: Where to sleep?

To have time to fully discover Uvita, we advise you to spend at least two days there. If only to have the opportunity to stay within Kura Design Villas, perched on top of a mountain and overlooking the South Pacific coast. Nestled between the mountains and the green jungle, the Kura Design consists of six exclusive bungalows, each with their own private pool. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows let in natural light and offer unique views of the jungle and coastline no matter where you are. What do we love most about this luxury hotel in Costa Rica? The terrace of the villas consists of a private pool and a hammock, allowing you to relax, with the only noise, the chirping of the birds nearby.

Green Waterfall Hostel

As we recommended in the previous article on Manuel Antonio National Park, we once again recommend this beautiful hotel nestled in the jungle of southern Costa Rica.

You can choose between a shared room or a private room . It has a shared kitchen and Wi- Fi .

Oxygen Jungle Villas Adults Only

If you are looking for a moment of relaxation and luxury , this hotel will leave you totally surprised.

It offers private villas with views of the Costa Rican jungle, a tropical and modern design.

You can also enjoy its incredible infinity pool .

Discover Uvita: When and how to go there?

Uvita experiences the same weather conditions as its neighboring beaches. It is best to visit during the dry season, i.e. from December to April to avoid the torrential rains.

Only 3 hours drive from San Jose, Uvita is the perfect destination to discover Costa Rica differently. If you don’t want to take the car, you can take a local bus that connects the capital to Uvita. It will take you through the seaside resorts of Jaco, Manuel Antonio and Dominical among others.

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