Located about 15 minutes South of Dominical, Uvita proper sits on the East side of the coastal road. However, the town of Bahia Ballena, which technically is its own town, is often grouped together when referring to Uvita. The locals commonly refer to the area as “Bahia – Uvita”, “Bahia Ballena – Uvita”, or simply “Uvita”. Hence the local beach of Uvita is technically that of Bahia Ballena and the Ballena Marine National Park.
Though Uvita is not known for having great waves, it is an excellent place for beginner and intermediate surfers to continue developing their surfing ability. With a consistent offer of waves, no crowds whatsoever, and relatively safe ocean conditions for novices, Uvita is the place to learn to surf in the South Pacific.
Uvita Wave Information
- Best Swell Size: Chest to Overhead
- Best Swell direction: SW
- Best Wind direction: E
- Best Season: June to September is the biggest due to tropical storms
- Type of break: Beach break with river mouth
- Bottom: Sand
- Consistency: Consistent
- Best tide: Medium to High
- Best Suited for: Beginner and Intermediate
- Access: Can drive right up to the beach. There are multiple entry points, the South entry is closest to the surf break. The beach lies within the Ballena Marine National Park for which there is a charge of $6/person.
- Crowd: None
- Potential Dangers: Stingrays, rip currents, and jellyfish are the most common hazards in Uvita
For the most part, surfing conditions at Uvita beach can be considered very safe. The Whale’s Tail to the North end of the beach and a series of islands to the South act as natural barriers to powerful swells and currents that would otherwise go undeterred. While this is not ideal for experienced surfers, it does benefit the developing surfer by providing much safer conditions than at beaches which are completely exposed to swells and currents.
Though it is a very safe beach for surfing, it is still important for surfers, swimmers, and beach-goers alike to remain aware of their surroundings because like other beaches it is possible to find stingrays, jellyfish (seasonal), rip currents, and perhaps one of the greatest dangers out of the water are falling coconuts (this is especially true during the rainy season).
It is important to note that there are no lifeguards in Uvita, making it that much more important for visitors to be cautious. In case of an emergency the park rangers may be able to provide some assistance, although they are normally without a vehicle they do typically have walkie talkies and/or cell phones.
Things To Do in Uvita
Among the more popular things to do around Uvita are:
- Whale watching
- Boat tours
- Surfing lessons
- Kayaking tours
- Hike to waterfalls
- Bird watching
- Visit Cano Island and the Ballena Marine National Park
Surf Breaks Near Uvita
- Playa Hermosa de Osa