Costa Ballena

Uvita is one of the fastest growing beach towns in the south pacific region of Costa Rica. Las Villas de San Buenas is located only 15 minutes south of Uvita.

Ballena National Park uvita Whales Tail

There are many spectacular beaches found in Costa Rica, and Playa Uvita is among the most stunning beaches on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. Located in the southern Puntarenas province roughly 16 km south of Dominical, a surfing hotspot, Playa Uvita is situated within the Marino Ballena National Park. This marine park is very popular because between the months of December and April Humpback, whales migrate here to the warm waters off the coast to mate before returning up north.

Accessible throughout the year as the weather is gorgeous most of the time, Playa Uvita is a 2-mile white sand beach with moderate waves and crystal clear blue waters. Since this beach is part of the Marino Ballena National Park, fishing and hunting any marine life is strictly prohibited. However, swimming conditions are ideal here and tourists can enjoy a variety of water sports. The best feature of Playa Uvita is its beautiful landscape with estuaries and mangrove swamps as well as its lovely local village atmosphere.

Activities in Uvita

Horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving are very popular activities here. Those who prefer a more relaxed pace, you can go for long walks along the coast, sunbathe on the beach and enjoy the fabulous scenic beauty and marine life that Playa Uvita has to offer. A relatively quiet beach with not many tourists, you can also take a tour of the nearby Caño Island, Violines Island or Ballena Island, or you can hike to the forests and mountains a few miles away.

Uvita from The Tico Times on Vimeo.

There are also plenty of local and cozy bars and restaurants to eat at as well, as street side sodas (small cafes) that offer delicious local delights.

In the last couple of years several banks (BCR, Banco Nacional), two new commercial centers, a hardware store and several new restaurants have been built.

The municipality of Uvita is in discussions with the neighboring municipality of San Isidro to pave a road connecting Uvita to San Isidro. San Isidro is located 75 minutes away. When this road is paved it will only take approximately twenty minutes to make the drive.

3 sisters sunset playa uvita ballena

The beaches of Uvita and Ballena National Park are some of the most popular in the Southern zone, and indeed, in Costa Rica.

Photos of Uvita by Nick Halverson