Area Information

There is much to do in and around Uvita.  Visit Ballena Marine Park and take a walk out to the Whale’s Tail during low tide. Plan a horseback ride on the beach and to local waterfalls with La Merced. Charter a fishing boat for some of the most amazing off shore fishing you will ever experience! Rent an ATV and tour waterfalls, bamboo forests and the mountains. Take a boat trip to the Corcovado National Park in the Osa. Go on a Zipline and canopy walk tour. If you want to see the region from a bird’s eye view, take an ultralight flight tour. And don’t forget the surfing. Take in the surfing skills of the locals at Playa Hermosa or Playa Dominical at sunset. Afterwards, go out for a delicious dinner at one of many of the fabulous restaurants in the area.


Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park is the backpacking experience of a lifetime. It encompasses the only remaining old growth wet forests on the Pacific coast of Central America, and 13 major ecosystems including lowland rain forest, highland cloud forest, jolillo palm forest, and mangrove swamps, as well as costal marine and beach habitats. There is a good chance of spotting some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered inhabitants here; Baird’s Tapirs, Jaguars, Scarlet Macaws, Harpy Eagles, Red-backed squirrel monkeys and White-lipped Peccaries. It is wet, remote and rugged, but the trails are relatively good.

Caño Island National Park

Caño Island National Park

Viewable from the Villa, Caño Island is a biological reserve for areas of coral and rock reef. With great visibility almost all year round, and pristine waters full of colorful marine life, this is one of the best places to go snorkeling & scuba diving. It is covered in evergreen rainforest, and a pre-Columbian cemetery is of archaeological interest. There is a park ranger available for visitor information from 8 AM to 4 PM. A trail on the island leads to scenic overlooks and the archaeological site.

Manual Antonio National Park

Manual Antonio National Park

Visit Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica’s largest national forest, only a 45 minute drive away from the Villa. It is very popular because of its expansive white sand beaches and evergreen forests that grow right up to the high tide line. The principal habitats are primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation. There is quite a varied fauna with 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds in the area. The park includes 12 little isles just off the coast; where dolphins and, at times, migrating whales can be observed. Here you are bound to spot the endangered squirrel monkeys and other rare and fascinating wildlife.

World-Class Surfing

World-Class Surfing

Enjoy world-class surfing; catch the waves at Playa Dominical, just a 20 minute drive from the Villa. For beginners it is advisable to take surf lessons. For more forgiving surfing, visit Marino Ballena in Uvita. Although Uvita is not known for having great waves, it is an excellent place for beginner and intermediate surfers to improve their surfing skills. With a consistent line of waves, no crowds whatsoever, and relatively safe ocean conditions for novices, Uvita is the place to learn to surf in the South Pacific.

Nauyaca Horseback Riding

Nauyaca Horseback Riding

Nauyaca Waterfalls is a fun horseback-riding tour that gives you the opportunity to get closer to nature and see otherwise hidden wonders as you ride to two impressive waterfalls from Río Barucito. These majestic waterfalls are one of the main attractions of the southern region of Costa Rica, not only for their natural scenic beauty, but for the other related activities such as the horseback riding tour, swimming, climbing, and a close view of the beauty of the tropical rainforest. Nauyaca Waterfalls is an ideal place to visit, not only for those in search of tranquility and nature, but also for adventure and excitement lovers.

Hacienda Barú

Hacienda Barú

Canopy tour, bird watching and ecological tree tours are Hacienda Baru’s specialty. Hacienda Barú’s 815 acres comprises a unique variety of habitats, from wetlands and secondary rainforests in the lowlands to primary rainforest on the highland ridge. Seven kilometers of walking trails and three kilometers of pristine beaches are there to be explored as well as their orchid garden and butterfly garden. Bird watching, canopy exploration and ecological tours are their specialty. On their tours you can experience everything from the rainforest canopy to mangrove swamps or the jungle at night.

Game Fishing

Game Fishing

In the South Pacific Ocean near the Osa Peninsula is where you will find some of the best blue water fishing anywhere. The Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica is a very special place in the world especially when it comes to fishing. Situated just 30 miles north of the Panama border, its location between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulfo Dulce of Golfito makes it one of the most nutrient rich waters and an area that offer anglers some of Costa Rica’s best sport fishing. Catch Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Roosterfish, Tarpon and Snook year round.

Whale & Dolphin Watching

Whale & Dolphin Watching

The Whale migratory  season is from September to November and from January to March. There are several types of boat tours to choose from including whale and dolphin watching, snorkeling, and tours of the caves at Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita. Feel the sensation of watching a 40 ton humpback whale jump out of the water and splash your boat.

Kayak Tours

Kayak Tours

There are several types of Kayak tours offered: Kayaking and snorkeling to Ballena Marine Park, Kayaking Tour to Hatillo mangrove swamps and waves & caves on Ballena Marine Park. Tours are led by professional and bilingual guides and with safe(ty) equipment.

Catarata Uvita

Catarata Uvita

The Uvita waterfall is one of the natural beauties of the Bahia Ballena area. On a hot and sunny day there is nothing better than taking a refreshing dip in the pools of the waterfall. The waterfall area has a number of spots to relax in the water and enjoy the calming sounds of the falls.

ATV Tour

ATV Tour

Taking an ATV tour is a great way to see the Uvita area and the unspoiled jungles and beaches of the Southern Zone of Costa Rica. The diversity of landscape ranges from pristine beaches to mountain trails located just minutes apart. Uvita ranges in altitude from sea level to 3,000 feet where the air is cool and crisp. Tours can be tailored to your needs in terms of challenge and length of tour.

Osa Canopy Tour

Osa Canopy Tour

About a 25 minute drive south of Uvita is Osa Canopy Tour, a more extreme zip line and canopy tour. This tour is located on a private reserve which consists of about 800 acres of primary and secondary rainforests. The beginning of the tour is about 600 meters above the Terraba River where it flows into the Pacific Ocean. There are 9 cables, 11 platforms, 2 repelling stations, 1 suspension bridge, and an amazing “Tarzan” swing for the truly adventurous. This zip line tour offered by the Osa Canopy Tour provides a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the spectacular southern zone.

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world for rafting. White water rafting tours are offered in four different rivers of the area to provide a great experience for beginners and experts – the Guabo River (class II and III), the Coto Brus River (class III and IV), the Savegre River (class II and III) and the Terraba River (class III and IV). White Water rafting is an unforgettable Costa Rica adventure and  whether one is  an avid rafting fan or a just a beginner, Costa Rica is one of the best places to participate in this activity.

Ultralight Flight

Ultralight Flight

One of the best ways to see the beauty of the Osa Peninsula and surrounding areas is by taking an Ultralight flight. In fact, the only way to see the unsurpassed beauty of the area  is by taking an ultralight flight and viewing the mountains, rain forests, beaches, mangroves and islands just like a bird does! There are different length tours, ranging between 20 minutes to 90 minutes, and covering different areas of the region. It is a once in a lifetime experience!

Marino Ballena National Park

Marino Ballena National Park

The Marino Ballena National Park was created in 1990 to protect the coral and rock reefs and the cetaceans such as humpback whales, bottle nose dolphins and other occasional visitors. It is a dramatic coastline of pristine sandy beaches and rocky shores.

Beaches

Beaches

The countless beautiful beaches of the Southern Pacific coast are easily accessible and are surrounded by breathtaking nature. You can visit a different beach every day…what a luxury! From Playa Ballena, it is a short walk to the Whales Tail which is a must visit! All of the beaches below are within a short drive from the Villa.

  • Playa Dominical
  • Playa Dominicalito
  • Playa Puerto Nuevo
  • Playa Hermosa
  • Playa Uvita
  • Playa La Colonia
  • Playa Arco
  • Playa Ballena
  • Playa Piñuela
  • Playa Ventana


Zip Lining

  • Hacienda Baru. Private Reserve, Canopy tour, Zip line, hiking (7 kms of trails). Also, a restaurant. Phone: 506-2787-0003. E-mail: Web: http://www.haciendabaru.com
  • Canopy Osa Tour. About a 25 minute drive south of Uvita. More extreme zip line. The longest in Costa Rica. They also have a Tarzan line. Highly recommend. Phone: 506-8884-1237, 506-2788-7555. E-mail: Web: http://www.osacanopytour.com

Surf Schools

  • Bodhi Surf School. Located in Bahia Ballena in Uvita. Also have a yoga studio. Phone 506-2743-8453. E-mail Web: http://www.bodhisurfschool.com
  • Uvita 360 Adventures. Located in Bahia Ballena in Uvita. Phone: 506-8586-8745. E-mail: Web: http://www.uvita360.com
  • Dominical Surf Adventures. Located in Dominical. Also have rafting and kayaking tours. Phone: 506-2787-0431. E-mail: Web: www.dominicalsurfadventures.com

Horseback Riding

  • Don lulu Catarata Nauyaca. Half day horseback ride to a local waterfall. Phone: 506-2787-0541. E-mail: Web: http://www.cataratasnauyaca.com
  • Rancho La Merced. Beach and waterfall horseback rides. Phone: 506-2743-8032. E-mail: Web: http://www.rancholamerced.com
  • Hacienda Baru. Private Reserve, Canopy tour, Zip line, hiking (7 kms of trails). Also, a restaurant. Phone: 506-2787-0003. E-mail: Web: http://www.haciendabaru.com

Other Activities

  • ATV Tours. Adventure Motorsports. About a 5 hour tour including a trip to local waterfalls. Phone: 506-2743-8382. E-mail: Web: http://www.jungleatv.com
  • Yoga. Danyasa Yoga Studios. Phone: 506-2787-0229. E-mail: Web: http://danyasa.com
  • Ultra-Light Flight tours. Phone: 506-2743-8037. E-mail: Web: http://www.flyinparadise.net/en/
  • Bahia Adventures. Many different tours… Whale watching, snorkeling, diving, sport fishing, etc. Phone: 506-2743-8362. E-mail: Web: http://www.bahiaaventuras.com
  • Dolphin Tours. Many different tours… Whale watching, snorkeling, diving, sport fishing, etc. Phone: 506-2743-8013. E-mail: Web: http://www.dolphintourcostarica.com
  • Bahia Aventuras. Kayak tours, Mangrove tours, etc. Phone: 506-2743-8362. E-mail: Web: http://www.bahiaaventuras.com
  • Pineapple Kayak tours. Kayaking and stand-up paddling tours. Phone: 506-8873-3283. E-mail: Web: http://www.pineapplekayaktours.com
  • Uvita Waterfalls. Web: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g635755-d4115525-Reviews-Uvita_Waterfall-Uvita_Province_of_Puntarenas.html
  • Uvita Farmers Market. Saturday morning. Fresh vegetables, Seafood and other items. Web: https://www.facebook.com/Uvita-farmers-market-feria-285791671762455/