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Uvita is a small town south of Dominical, and north of Ojochal. It is the heart of Ballena Marine National Park. There has been a tremendous influx of foreigners (non-Costa Ricans) moving into Uvita over the past few years. Uvita was once considered "remote" but now features numerous grocery stores, banks, doctors, dentists, Internet cafe's and a thriving expat and local culture. The local Uvita Information Center,, can help you with general information on Uvita and the surrounding areas.

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  • Ballena Marine National Park- This large coastal national park is famous for the Humpback Whales that migrate here each year from December to April to mate. The enormous pristine beaches here are rarely crowded and perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sun-bathing. At low tide, a land bridge appears to Punta Uvita, and visitors can walk out to the tip which resembles a whale tail. There is also a small estuary which many people swim and fish in despite signs that warn of crocodiles. Walking through the main entrance will cost foreigners about $6, but there are many unmarked trails that lead to the beach as well.
  • Waterfalls- Walk north of the main road past Tucan Hotel, turn left after the cemetery, and walk up a large hill. There will be signs all along the way reading "Cataratas" or "Waterfalls". Near the top of the hill on the left, there is a little restaurant which charges $2 to access the lovely waterfalls in the canyon behind their property. A steep path leads down to the waterfalls and several swimming holes which are surrounded by bamboo and flowering trees. A perfect place to get out of the sun for a while and read a book, swim, and relax.
  • Envision festival (February/March) Find out about 2013


You will find a great deal of places, from a drive thrue hot dog place, to lots of little SODAS (small little restaurants that are traditional all over Costa Rica. Seafood is great. Uvita is on the ocean. Pizza places are around, La Fogata is the oldest and best one, they also have great BBQ Chicken. For more upscale you can visit Terrazas, up in the hills of Uvita, great view. Also La Cusinga Eco Lodge, the first hotel in the area, a truly Eco Lodge. You need to call ahead for reservations, as it is reservation only. La Cusinga offers a great view of Ballena Marine National Park. They have trails and a Private Preserve. A new Mexican place is open, next to the Gas Station (i have not eaten there so can not review it).

  • La Cusinga Eco Lodge (The Gecko Restaurant) (A great organic restaurant, next to Ballena Marine National Park) Our mission is to offer our guests the same spiritual and physical sustenance in our food that they will receive from the natural beauty surrounding them at La Cusinga Lodge. Just as La Cusinga represents a sustainable form of eco-tourism, at The Gecko we offer a cuisine that reflects that same sustainability..


Well you are at the beach and a hot sun will make you search for a cool drink, along the beach there are a few bars, also in the main road there are a few too. there are always something happening, Karaoke, ladies night, a soccer match on TV. Try the local beer, Imperial, or the Cacique ron. SOme of the place are Marino Ballena, Almendros, Pachanga, Delfines, and some that come a go. For a more upscale sunset relaxing mood Terrazas is the place, drink special, and movie nights are always popular.

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