Playa Uvita is an offbeat surfer town located on the lush, tropical, southern Pacific coast (Costa Ballena or Whale Coast) of Costa Rica approximately 16 kilometers south of Dominical. In recent years, this small fishing village has been transformed into a popular beach town with a fun vibe, and at times, wild nightlife. Uvita has gained it’s newly found popularity mainly through the surfer community that flocks to this area because of it’s world known consistent and large surf breaks. The town and the beaches are located within the protected Marino Ballena National Park. Generally, Uvita is considered to be an adults’ playground, and not particularly family friendly at night. The southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica remains somewhat localized due to poor road conditions, though this has recently improved with the completion of Rt. 34 which allows paved access up the Central Pacific coast.

Located in the Southern Pacific coastal rainforests, Uvita offers a tropical, moist climate. From December through April, one can expect temperatures to reach a high in the low to mid 90’s and a low in the 70’s with limited rainfall. From May through November, one can expect temperatures to reach a high in the upper 80’s and a low in the 70’s with more prevalent rainfall. The rainfall in Uvita during this time of the year is generally limited to late afternoons and early evenings (though it can rain at any given time).

Uvita Tours are available for adventurers, nature lovers or those that just want to relax and let the captain do the sailing. One can experience everything from Rappelling down rain forest waterfalls to canopy exploration to Dolphin and Whale watching before watching a magnificent Pacific sunset from one of the many pristine beaches in this beach lovers paradise.

There are several options for Uvita hotels. This diverse beach town offers everything from standard hotels for the adventurer on the go to bed and breakfasts.

Entertainment is plentiful in Uvita. The town is bursting with tourist geared activities including day spas, restaurants, bars, dancing, internet cafes, and souvenir shops. The following is a small percentage of the local businesses and activities that we recommend:


  • Internet & Business Cafe
  • La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Green Leaf Art Gallery


  • Pizzeria Dos Gringos
  • Restaurant Exotica – International
  • Restaurant Marino Ballena – Tico
  • Balcon de Uvita – International
  • La Fogata – Roasted Chicken
  • Coco Lindo – Bar / Restaurant

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