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Top 10 Activities in Uvita Costa Rica

Uvita is a small town located in the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is a hidden gem with a lot of natural beauty and plenty of things to do. If you’re planning a trip to Uvita, here are top 10 activities in Uvita to add to your itinerary.

Activities in Uvita

  1. Visit Marino Ballena National Park

Marino Ballena National Park is a must-visit destination in Uvita. It is a protected area with a unique sandbar formation that resembles the shape of a whale’s tail. The park is home to a variety of marine life, including dolphins, humpback whales, and sea turtles. You can take a guided tour to explore the park, swim in its crystal-clear waters, and enjoy the stunning views.

There are plenty of Costa Rica vacation rentals to enjoy right in Uvita – some walking distance to Marino Ballena National Park. Please look here for rental options in Uvita.

Marino Ballena National Park
Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita or better known as the “Whale’s Tail Beach”.
  1. Go Whale Watching

Whale watching is a popular activity in Uvita. The best time to spot whales is between December and April, during the humpback whale migration season. You can take a whale watching tour and witness these majestic creatures up close. It is an unforgettable experience. Book a Whale Watching Tour Here.

  1. Visit Nauyaca Waterfalls

Nauyaca Waterfalls is a hidden gem located in Uvita’s mountains. It is a two-tiered waterfall with a height of over 200 feet. You can take a guided tour or hike to the falls and swim in the natural pools. The views are breathtaking, and it is a great place to cool off on a hot day.

Nauyaca Waterfall
Nauyaca Waterfall. One of the most spectacular waterfalls in all of Costa Rica and Central America.
  1. Explore the Rainforest

Uvita is surrounded by lush rainforests with a variety of wildlife. You can take a guided tour or hike through the jungle and spot monkeys, sloths, toucans, and other exotic animals. It is a great way to get in touch with nature and learn about Costa Rica’s biodiversity.

  1. Visit the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation center for injured or abandoned animals. You can take a guided tour and learn about the sanctuary’s efforts to protect Costa Rica’s wildlife. The sanctuary is home to a variety of animals, including monkeys, sloths, toucans, and even big cats.

We are now halfway through the list of the Top 10 Activities in Uvita. The first five activities can be done via low-impact options, and people of all ages. The next five activities will require a bit more strength and stamina.

  1. Surfing

Uvita is also a great destination for surfers. The nearby beaches offer a variety of surf spots for all skill levels. You can take a surf lesson or rent a board and hit the waves. It is a great way to enjoy the ocean and the beautiful scenery.

  1. Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is a popular activity in Uvita. You can take a guided tour through the rainforest or along the beach and enjoy the stunning views. It is a great way to explore the area and connect with nature.

  1. Visit Isla del Caño

Isla del Caño is a small island located off the coast of Uvita. It is a protected marine reserve with a variety of marine life, including sea turtles, dolphins, and sharks. You can take a guided tour to the island and go snorkeling or diving in its crystal-clear waters. It is a unique experience and a great way to see Costa Rica’s marine life up close.

  1. Kayaking

Kayaking is a great way to explore the nearby rivers and mangroves. You can take a guided tour or rent a kayak and paddle through the scenic waterways. It is a peaceful and relaxing way to enjoy the natural beauty of Uvita.

  1. Yoga and Wellness

Uvita is also a great destination for yoga and wellness retreats. There are many yoga studios and wellness centers that offer classes, workshops, and retreats. You can connect with your mind, body, and spirit in the peaceful and natural surroundings of Uvita.

akka institute
Akka Institute is in nearby Ojochal, Costa Rica.

There are obviously more than these activities in Uvita to choose from, but we feel these are a great Top 10 Activities in Uvita and this is just a short list. However, we encourage everyone to enjoy at least a couple of them while they are here. Uvita is a hidden gem in Costa Rica with plenty of natural beauty, tours and activities for the entire family and people of all ages to enjoy.

Be sure to look at all of the rentals we have to offer in Uvita.

Best Sandwiches in Costa Rica?

One of the most common questions we get from prospective customers, outside of safety (yes – it’s very safe here) and government stability (democracy for over 140 years), is about food. The Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica has an incredible number of great restaurants and local sodas. It is very difficult to find a location that serves bad food in this area – those restaurants simply don’t survive. Whether you want a quick traditional meal (casado) or a formal dinner at places like Citrus in Ojochal, there are dozens of culinary options within 15 minutes of Las Villas de San Buenas.

Today I had lunch at the Roadshack in Uvita (about 15 minutes north of Las Villas de San Buenas). Roadshack

Roadshack Uvita costa rica collage
Best sandwich shop in Costa Rica? Maybe…

has been open for about a year, and I’ve known Bob the owner for a couple of years now (he’s an avid mountain biker – send me a note if you want more info about the trail he’s building nearby) and enjoyed his restaurants before. I’ve had some of the other delicious sandwiches here.

Today I ordered the ‘Costanera’ sandwich which is turkey, bacon, pepper jack cheese, peperoncinis and basil mayo. Wow! Amazing flavor and plenty of food. I quickly ate half of it and debated about bringing the other half home with me to eat later. However, my tastebuds overruled my rational side and I gladly finished the other half as quickly as the first half.

Each sandwich cost around $11 (5,500 colones) and includes homemade potato chips and a bottomless glass of iced tea. There’s free wifi available and plenty of covered seating and a full bar if you’re looking for a margarita. I don’t know if there is a better sandwich shop in all of Costa Rica, if there is, I haven’t found it. If you have your own opinion about the subject send me a note, but I feel Roadshack has the best sandwiches in Costa Rica.

If you’re planning on living in the area or simply passing through, be sure to drop by the Roadshack in Uvita (don’t forget to say ‘Hi’ to Bob).

Nick Halverson
President – Las Villas de San Buenas
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