the new tourist destination of the South Pacific. One of the last best kept secrets of Costa Rica.
Just 17 kilometers south of well-known Dominical, Uvita is a tranquil, beach side village with four markets, a gas station, bank, Internet cafe and some excellent restaurants. There is more on the way as this area is just being discovered by tourists looking for what is often described as “the best kept secret in Costa Rica”.
Playa Uvita and Bahia Ballena mark the north tip of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, the largest Marine Park in Central America. The park protects a large coral reef and several secluded beaches & there are snorkeling and scuba trips to Ballena and Cano Islands. At low tide you can walk out a one-kilometer long sandbar to the exposed reef formation known as The Whale’s Tail and snorkel right off the reef. Dolphins & whale's can be seen from the shore as well as on boat tours offering opportunities to swim with these beautiful creatures.
Other adventure tours in the area for people of all ages include...
Birdwatching & horseback riding tours through the jungles, beaches or to waterfalls.
Experience white water rafting through a 400 meter canyon in the largest river and biggest volume of water in Costa Rica, the Terraba.
Kayak through mangroves, caves or waves at Ballena Marine Park & Ventanas.
Canopy & Zip Line Tours are a popular excursion at Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge
and it is also a great place to visit for Mangrove & Beach walks and guided tours.
Corcovado National Park (a full day tour) is considered by National Geographic to be the third best park in the world, where 65% of the
flora & fauna is represented in Costa Rica.
Our area boasts some of the best sport fishing in the world with many outfitters guaranteeing that you will have multiple hook ups of
If you're looking for nightlife, Dominical is the place, with several bars, each has a different special nearly every night of the week. If you want local flavor and less tourists, try the disco down in Bahia on Saturday nights and karaoke at Coco Tico Eco Lodge right in the heart of Uvita.
There are so many beaches to visit within a short drive and they are all excellent for long beach walks. There are many days when you could easily be the only one in sight.
Playa Dominical & Dominicalito ~ famous for it’s great surfing waves. But, please beware of the rip currents. This beach is not great for swimming without flotation devices.
Playa Puerto Nuevo ~ has large volcanic rocks poking out of the sand and a stream flows to the river making a wonderful little kiddie pool. Also a natural shower for rinsing off.
Playa Hermosa ~ a 7 kilometer stretch of great surfing with a right point break and lots of empty barrels. Surf instructors take their students here and Tico families from all over the country come here to camp on their vacations.
Playa La Colonia & El Chaman ~ Beautiful, long stretch of powdery sand beaches with barbecue & park facilities.
Playa Ballena ~ Ballena beach is wide and some three kilometers long with outstanding forest area and small waves making it excellent for swimming. Right in front of the beach is Ballena Island which has great snorkeling. Also features some good surfing spots.
Playa PiÃ±uela ~ The beach is about 1.300 meters long and forms a small bay with little wave action, ideal for swimming. PiÃ±uelas is also the hot spot for ocean kayaking.
Playa Arco ~ This beach is about 500 meters long and takes its name from a rock arch- shaped cave. The beach is quite narrow and is only accessible by crossing a private farm.
Playa Ventanas ~ A lovely little bay, ideal for bathers with fine sand and caverns carved into the cliffs from the Pacific Breakers. You can walk through two caves at low tide or take a Kayak tour through Punta Ventanas. Good beginner surfing.
CaÃ±o Island ~ Less than 2 hours offshore you can see
turtles, dolphins and whale's on your
way to some turquoise water snorkeling.