Uvita is best known for its whale watching opportunities from the famous Cola de Ballena or the beach that’s shaped like—guess what—a whale’s tail! Guarding the Cola de Ballena stands the Marino Ballena National Park. This little coastal town by the Central Pacific shoreline is unique for its biodiversity. With sunny beaches that offer priceless sightings of whales and dolphins pods to tropical jungles that are home to endangered macaws and squirrel monkeys, Uvita is for lovers of the great outdoors. As long as the beautiful Costa Ballena of the Central Pacific remains intact, along with its rich wildlife, your reason to keep returning to Uvita will remain alive too.

Themes

  • Beaches
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife

Highlights

  • Whale Watching
  • Marino Ballena National Park
  • Beaches and Wildlife

Places to Stay

Kura Design Villas

Style: Boutique

Kura Design Villas is charmingly located on the rainforest covered highlands of Uvita. Set against a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, this sustainable luxury hotel is exclusively for adult guests above 16 years of age.

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Activities in Uvita

Scuba Diving at Marino Ballena National Park

Explore the fascinating marine world along the Pacific Coast on this diving trip at the Marino Ballena National Park. The Marino Ballena not only offers some of the best diving spots in this part of the world, it also houses the largest coral reef along the Pacific coast in Central America. Drive down from your hotel with your local guide for about half an hour to the diving site at Uvita. You could either choose to take a morning or an afternoon scuba diving session. Look out for the colorful array of coral reef species at the spot. You may see parrot fish, Pacific dog snappers, butterfly fish, and sea turtles floating by, while starfish and sea cucumbers crawl along the bottom of the sea. (Half Day Trip; Time of Day: Morning or Afternoon; Duration: 3 hrs, 9am-12 noon or 1-4pm; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Fruits; Fitness Level: Hard; Please bring sunglasses with croakies cord, bathing suit, sandals & beach towel; don’t forget to bring waterproof camera & waterproof bags for batteries & electronics; Note: Diving equipment, water & bilingual guide will be provided).

Whale Watching Boat Trip at Marino Ballena

Take a leisurely boat trip in search of whales and dolphins at the Marino Ballena National Park. On arrival at the tour camp, refresh yourself with snacks and beverages as you watch an instructive video on cetaceans. Set off on your boat tour and look out for natural landmarks like the Cola de la Ballena, the Ballena and the Tres Hermanas stones, and the Arco beach. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot humpback whales and dolphins sporting in the open ocean. If your boat comes across a good diving spot, you may even take off for a half hour snorkeling session. Watch schools of colorful tropical fish and sea creatures as you explore a fascinating marine world. Return to your hotel in Uvita after the trip. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Fruits, snacks & beverages; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable clothes & shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses & sun hats; don’t forget your camera; Note: Tour only available between mid-Jul & mid-Oct; Water & bilingual guide will be provided).

Tracking Crocs on the Tárcoles River

Go croc tracking along the Tárcoles River on this adventurous boat trip. Stop on the route to or from Uvita, and discover the natural wonders of the Tárcoles, one of the main rivers flowing into the Nicoya Peninsula. The river houses one of the biggest populations of wild crocodiles around the world. Your boat ride also brings you bird spotting opportunities, including elusive scarlet macaws and waterfowls. Look out for water-walking lizards and iguanas as you drift along the river. Sailing downstream, reach the mangrove forests of Estero Guacalillo, featuring various species of mangrove trees. Continue on your journey, after your boat trip. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Fruits; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable clothes & shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses & sun hats; don’t forget your camera; Note: Water & bilingual guide will be provided).

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