There are many accommodation options in the Uvita, Bahia Ballena and Costa Ballena area, for all budgets, preferences, and travel styles. Basically, whatever you are looking for in a lodging option, you are more than likely to find it around here. In our experience of helping people plan their Costa Rican vacations, we have heard feedback from travelers of all types, which has helped us compile a list of “preferred lodging partners”. The businesses below are our personal recommendations based on a whole host of characteristics: safety, cleanliness, excellent service, and selection in amenities offered and budget range. We hope that each of these accommodations will provide you with an experience that is unique, within your budget range, and that contributes positively to your Costa Rican vacation experience.
Below is a comparison chart of price range, services, and amenities to help you narrow down your preferred place to stay while visiting the Uvita area. Please note that the price rating system on this page is only used to compare prices among the lodging options presented and is not based on any standard hotel pricing system.
|Bodhi Bungalow||Ecolodge||Villas||Vacation Rentals||Chalets||Cooperative Hotel||Dorms|
|Proximity to Surfing Beach||20-minute walk||10-minute drive||15-minute drive||15-minute drive||20-minute walk||30-minute walk||15-minute walk|
|Use of surfboards||✓||✓|
|Notes||Adults only, 4×4 access||Best for groups of 5 or more people||Private room and bath|
Bodhi Bungalow ($$)
We are excited to announce that come Summer 2013 we will be opening our very own Bodhi Surf lodging! Our usually quiet and pristine piece of land is bustling with construction workers, building what will be a perfect accommodation option for singles, couples, and families. What you can expect is a bungalow-style accommodation that is fresh, simple, natural; a ready-to-use kitchen; an open and airflow-friendly layout; and plenty of room for lounging and family activities. We can’t wait wait for the inauguration of the Bodhi Bungalows!
For complete details please visit the Bodhi Bungalow page.
The Ecolodge ($$$$)
Perfect for families, groups, couples, or solo travelers who are looking for a lodging experience like no other during their time in Costa Rica. Located less than a 10-minute drive from Bahia Ballena on a hillside amid the lush Costa Rican jungle, this award-winning Costa Rican ecolodge offers visitors breath-taking sunsets and scenic views of over 180 degrees of Pacific Ocean.
This eco-friendly lodge has been recognized as having superb customer service and was awarded The Traveler’s Choice “Best Hidden Gem” in 2009. It has received a rating of 5 out of 5 green leaves in Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program (one of only 28 in the country), and was listed as one of the top three eco-friendly hotels by TripAdvisor. It promotes wellness in many different ways: of the people who stay there, of the earth, and of the local community. Food is delicious, wholesome, and locally-grown; structures are built with minimal impact on the environment; locals actively participate in and benefit from this business.
The lodge is home to one of the most stunning yoga platforms in all of Costa Rica. The peaceful and natural surroundings of the lodge alone make it an ideal place for the practice of yoga, but when combined with this one-of-a-kind structure it makes for a truly unique experience for guests on our Holistic Yoga Surf Vacation Package.
The Villas ($$$$)
These rainforest villas are ideal for singles and especially couples, as its atmosphere is quiet, romantic, and ultra-relaxing, (families take note: this is an adult-only accommodation option). The five private villas are located on 13 acres of beautiful Costa Rican jungle on a hill that sits 100 meters above the Pacific Ocean. Lush tropical gardens, rain forests, and breathtaking ocean and jungle views are what await you at this heavenly lodge.
The villas are open-air “Balinese” style, and are woven together with tasteful simplicity; the sea and jungle views are more than enough decoration! Each villa comes with a full bathroom and outdoor “jungle shower”, kitchenette, private terrace, and king-sized bed. There is also a pool that overlooks the Pacific ocean and a guest clubhouse that has free Wifi.
The Vacation Rentals ($$$)
This lodging option of typical, fully-furnished Costa Rican homes are designed for families, smaller groups, and couples. There are three fully-furnished homes to choose from: each features stunning views, comfortable bedrooms, and fully-functioning kitchens. The homes have different capacities, so depending on how many people are in your group, you can choose what size is best. For guests who want to manage their own meals and cleaning and have the privacy and freedom that accompanies that, the vacation rental is an excellent option.
These homes feature classic Costa Rican architecture, colors, and style so staying in them is a quintessential experience in itself. They are located on a prime piece of land that sits only a few meters above the Pacific ocean, and are very close to one of the area’s more popular restaurants. Views of the lush green mountains, colorful jungle, and private beach access are the high points of this lodging option.
The Chalets ($$$)
Located only 300 meters from the beautiful Marino Ballena National Park, this vacation rental/hotel offers both homey-coziness and typical Costa Rican beauty. Perfect for families, smaller groups, or couples, these fully-furnished chalets are modern, comfortable, and convenient. The chalets have a maximum capacity of 8 people: each option features air-conditioning, satellite TV, Wifi, fully equipped kitchens, comfortable beds, and bathrooms with hot water. The chalets also have a family-friendly pool with a slide and waterfall, 2 barbecue areas, and secure parking.
This option is located right between the town of Bahia Ballena and the beach, so walking is a very realistic option for getting groceries, sightseeing, going to restaurants, and more. This rental is perfect for those who are looking for the ease and comfort of being in town, and the advantage of staying a few steps away from the beach.
Cooperative Hotel ($$)
Located within the community of Bahia Ballena, this hotel is a good option for travelers of all types: families, small and large groups, couples, or singles who are looking to budget on their trip to Costa Rica. It is located on 10 hectares of pristine and beautiful terrain, features lush gardens, a large outdoor pool, outdoor barbeque areas, and a play area for children. This hotel is within walking distance from the Whale Marine National Park, where you can enjoy the infamous Whale Tail walk and swim in the bay, as well as the community of Bahia Ballena. The hotel has simple and comfortable rooms that are elevated on wooden platforms; each has its own bathroom, small closet, ceiling fans and floor fans. The hotel also has complimentary Wifi, a restaurant that serves typical Costa Rican dishes, a bar, laundry service, and there are short walking trails on the property.
This hotel is a great option for those who are looking to get to know the community and have a typical Costa Rican experience. The ownership of this hotel is a cooperative that was founded in 2003 with help from Fundecooperacion, and the community has played an active role in developing, shaping, and maintaining it. One of their aims is to focus on rural community tourism, and they are actively working on improving their Sustainable Tourism Practices Certification. For those who want to experience the real Costa Rica while saving their capital for additional activities, this hotel option is unrivaled.