Uvita – an underrated Costarican gem

uvita, costa rica

Have you heard of Uvita? If not, don’t feel bad. Costa Rica is well known for its lush rainforests, beautiful beaches of Santa Teresa, or the Caribbean vibes of Puerto Viejo. To be honest, I only came here because I crossed the border with Panama and wanted a quiet place on the beach to relax. I didn’t expect much. And it was perfect!

Uvita Beach

Uvita is a little village right by the beach. The waves are small, but perrrfect. I have never seen the waves crushing so perfectly on the shore one after another. No wonder there is a lot of beginners learning how to surf here. The water is shallow for at least 500m, you don’t have to paddle your ass off and the waves won’t kill you. For me, as a total beginner, it looked awesome!

The beach is backed by a lush, green, shiny forest. It’s incredible! The colors are so vivid, so tasty, so wild.

uvita beach


If you like to hike, there is a waterfall around 4 km away from the village. The road leads through a lush forest where you can spot animals like forest crabs, rodents, and sloths. And sloths are everywhere! Even outside of the Hostel on the trees. There is nearly no tourism, so they don’t run away.

Punta Uvita

Marino Ballena National Park is a national park that is mainly in the sea. During the whale season (June to September), you can spot those animals roaming this area. There are different species of dolphins, turtles, and fish to be found here. The Punta Uvita itself is a whale-tale-shaped piece of land that is only visible and accessible during the low tide. Come early and bring your snorkeling gear. The coral reef around it is beautiful!

punta uvita
On my way to Punta Uvita, Marino Ballena National Park
Marino Ballena National Park

How to get there

There are daily busses to Uvita from Dominical, San Jose, Quepos, San Isidro, and Neilly. If you are coming from the border, either take a local bus to Neilly, then change for the one to Uvita, or get the direct bus to San Jose and ask to be dropped out in Uvita. The first option is cheaper, the second one more comfortable. You will pay for the full ticket to San Jose though.

Here is the schedule for forard travel out of Uvita:

bus schedule, uvita

Where to stay

You will find very few options for accommodation, but they are good. I recommend staying in Karandi Hostel.

It’s cute and small. But: located very close to the beach, you can spot sloths right outside the entrance, it has a kitchen and a spice garden and is walking distance from the National Park. Very nice place to stay for one or two nights.

Garden in the Karandi Hostel

Price: 10$ USD in a female-only dorm
Address: Calle La Curinga 50m West, Uvita. Map

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