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Things to do in Uvita, Costa Rica

A small village in southern Costa Rica, Uvita holds an important place in the map of tourists and travelers. The small town has grown tremendously over the last couple of years and enjoys a massive arrival of tourists. Once considered remote, today it hustles and bustles with grocery stores, Internet cafe’s, annual music events and a lot more.

Check out best Uvita Hotels to find top lodging in the town of Uvita. Hotel Oxygen Jungle Villas is one of the most popular among tourists for a memorable stay. Read on to learn more about Uvita and the fun things to do there.

The Enchanting Waterfalls of Uvita

Follow the signs that read “Cataratas” or “Waterfalls” and reach the top of the hill with a little restaurant. You will simply fall in love with those waterfalls in the canyon behind the mountains.

Follow a steep path down that will take you to the waterfalls and enjoy a swim in one of those several swimming holes. Bamboo and flowering trees surround the whole area, and this is just the perfect spot to be away from the crowds and relax with a book or take a rejuvenating swim.

Photo CC Tim Harding

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Uvita thrives with some of the best joints to enjoy a good meal. SODAS, or small little restaurants, can be found all over where you can enjoy some of the best and freshest seafood in Costa Rica.

If hot dogs and pizza are more your style there are plenty of restaurants for this too. La Cusinga Eco Lodge offers its guests both spiritual and physical sustenance in food amidst the surrounding natural beauty. Chaman Pizza offers a vast variety of pizzas with thin crust as well as Seafood, Tico cuisine, and chicken.

Long walks in the hot sun are sure to make you thirsty. You can try the local beer or a range of other cool drinks to pick from.

Ballena Marine National Park

Ballena Marine National Park is a huge coastal national park that is well known for Humpback Whales. One can watch them from the months of December to April when they migrate here to mate.

Those clean and pristine beaches are simply perfect for sun-bathing, swimming, and snorkeling. You will come across people swimming in a small estuary, but be careful as there is a sign that warns of crocodiles. The park is the main attraction here and is famous for its abandoned wilderness beaches.

Photo CC  jwagner-greene

Visit Uvita

Uvita has fast become the main tourist hub of the Costa Ballena region, and tourist and travelers come here for whale watching, snorkeling excursions and surfing lessons.

The cute little town is filled with farms, tiny shops, and guesthouses. You will soon fall in love with its gentle pace of life.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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  1. I was in Puntarenas recently. Uvita looks quite different.

    • Absolutely – the one thing I’ve realized about Costa Rica is that the landscape changes where-ever you go & there’s always something different from one region to the next :)

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