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 Uvita at a Glance

Playa Uvita is located inside the famous Marino Ballena National Park, in the Canton of Osa in the province of Puntarenas. This beach is famous for its unique shape, looking like the tail of a whale.

This beautiful virgin beach of crystal clear turquoise blue waters is perfect if you’re looking for a quiet place to relax, while enjoying beautiful landscapes with estuaries and swampy mangroves. You can also do many of activities such as snorkeling or kayaking.  

Uvita is also a great place to admire Costa Rica’s stunning wildlife, from monkeys in the tropical forest to whales in the bay.


Uvita is a small village in the forest, most of the accommodation and facilities on this beach have been built in the mountainous parts of the rainforest. The area where Uvita is located has been described by many as one of the world’s most complete areas in terms of biodiversity.

 Where to stay in Uvita

Budget: Cascada Verde Hostel – Lovely hostel featuring spacious private rooms as well as gorgeous views over the tropical forest and a stunning garden with hammocks!

Mid-range: Forest lodge – Comfortable chalet-style hotel located in the middle of the forest. You can even see monkeys from your terrace!

Splurge: Uvita Paradise – Quality and design apartments centrally-located in Uvita.

 When is the best time to visit Uvita

The best months to visit Uvita are from December to April, during the dry season. It is also high season so prices tend to be higher.

 What to Do in Uvita

One of the main reasons why people come to Uvita is to visit Marino Ballena National Park. There, you can take a tour to admire dolphins and whales. This will for sure be an unforgettable experience.

Horse riding, snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving are among the most popular activities, while those who prefer a more relaxed experience can walk along the coast or take a sunbath on the beach and enjoy a beautiful scenery and an outstanding marine life.

You can also take a tour to Isla del Caño and keep exploring the stunning nature and wildlife. Other islands such as Isla Violines and Isla Ballena are also worth visiting.

Both Marino Ballena and Corcovado National Parks offer great hiking options, enabling you to discover a pristine flora and fauna. According to National Geographic, Corcovado National Park is ‘one of the most biologically intense places in the world. To access it, you can take a tour from Uvita.

The Keteka difference

Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.

 How to get to Uvita

Land – You can rent a car and drive to Uvita by yourself or take a bus. From San José take a bus to Dominical / Playa Uvita and get off at Playa Uvita. The journey should take around 5 hours and cost 6290₡ (= $11).

You can also take a bus to Dominical or Quepos and then take another bus to Playa Uvita. Please be aware that Uvita is located inside Marino Ballena National Park so you’ll have to pay the entrance fees when entering the park by bus.

Air – The closest airport is Palmar Sur, from there you can find daily flights from and to San José (45 minutes). Another option is to land at San José international airport and take a bus to Uvita.