Uvita, Costa Rica is a small town located on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, roughly 3-3.5 hours from San Jose, the capital. Although the area is still largely undeveloped, it is gaining more and more popularity among tourists who come to see the gorgeous scenery, experience the “Pura Vida” way of life, and get away from the crowds that typically throng many of the other beach towns and cities in Costa Rica. Bahia Ballena is commonly grouped with Uvita (people will refer to it as Bahia-Uvita) because each is so small and they are literally across the river from one another. Here you can enjoy the beach and slow pace of life in Bahia Ballena and the conveniences of the more populated town of Uvita.

Uvita Tours & Activities

There is quite a bit to do in Uvita’s vicinity. Obviously, its proximity to the ocean allows for countless marine activities such as learning to surf, swimming, sun bathing, kayaking, boat tours, snorkeling, sport fishing, and whale watching.

Land-based activities you can participate in include:

  • Zip Lining, or canopy tours
  • Nature Hikes
  • Yoga Classes
  • Diving Tours
  • Horseback Riding
  • Visit to Waterfalls
  • ATV tours

Costa Rica zip line

Hotels in Uvita

There are several options for lodging in the Uvita area, from simple to boutique, including:

  • Tucan Hotel
  • Cascada Verde
  • Los Laureles Cabins

Restaurants in Uvita

Gastronomical options in Uvita include the typical Costa Rican “sodas” which serve some of the national fare, as well as restaurants that serve North American and European cuisine.

  • La Casona de Doña Maria
  • The Baker’s Bean (Bakery)
  • Farmer’s market (Saturdays)

Costa Rican food

Getting To Uvita

The first option for getting to Uvita, Costa Rica is to take a domestic flight from San Jose to Quepos. From there, you can either rent a car or take a bus south on the Costanera Highway; the bus ride takes about an hour and a half from Quepos and the drive is about 45 minutes.

The second option is to rent a car in San Jose and drive yourself directly to Uvita. There are two routes you can take, the first is to drive towards Jaco and then continue south on the Costanera Highway, which is approximately a three hour and thirty minute drive. The second option is to drive over the mountains towards San Isidro El General and then west towards Uvita, which is roughly a four hour drive.

Finally, if you just want to sleep all the way to your destination, you can take the bus directly from San Jose.

Other Tourist Services in Uvita

In addition to lodging, eateries, and activities it is possible to find many other necessary services travelers may require, including internet cafes, banks and ATMs, medical services, a police station, and a tourist information center. National Rent-A-Car is located next to the Firestone Tire Center, located just south of the Uvita river.

Nearby Attractions

Bodhi Surf
700 meters southeast of Restaurant La Fogata Bahia BallenaOsa60504 Costa Rica 
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