Uvita, the Whale Tail of Costa Rica

Uvita Beach

Uvita Beach

This is Uvita. Uvita was only a short trip, so this is a short post (also, we’re 2 countries behind at the moment). After Manuel Antonio, Julia and I had about 3 days before we needed to be in San Jose to meet Suzy (who has been friends with Julia since California was part of Mexico). Uvita was spelled funny and only a short bus ride away so we decided to give it a shot.

We were drawn to Uvita because we had heard rumors about it being a less touristy town with delicious sodas and a beautiful beach. That’s pretty close to what we found, but had that been all we found, I probably would have skipped this post altogether. Our hostel was about a 25 minute walk from the center of town (all uphill). Once we got there though, we realized that we had stumbled upon one of the better hostels of our trip. The hostel was a big wooden cabin-like building with a huge open air kitchen. The staff did everything it could to make our stay comfortable and helped us with each of our 100 questions.

Hostel

Hostel

They even cooked for us.

They even cooked for us.

Just a short walk from the hostel was a beautiful waterfall area. Below the falls were cool pools that helped us escape the oppressive heat of Uvita (think 90-95 with lots of humidity).

Uvita Waterfall

Uvita Waterfall

The town was small, but gave us a nice window into what Costa Rica was before the tourists came. There was one grocery store, a few restaurants and some shops. If you’re looking for a resort, don’t go to Uvita. If you are looking for some local ceviche or fresh fish, then you might want to stop in for a bite to eat.

Fresh Fish

Fresh Fish

Then there is the beach. The beach is what Uvita is famous for. As you can see in the main photo, Uvita’s beach is shaped like a whale’s tail. The beach is huge and the water is a little too warm. The water temperature was so warm in Uvita that it didn’t really cool you off, it just kind of got you wet. Usually we don’t bring towels to the beach because it’s warm enough for us to just dry off outside. Uvita was plenty warm, but the air was so humid that we never seemed to dry off.

Uvita Beach

Uvita Beach

It was actually pretty uncomfortable until it started to rain. Luckily, the rain cooled everything off and took care of the humidity. Even better, our hostel was perfectly situated to enjoy the storm.

View from the hostel

View from the hostel

Below us

Below us

Close up of the pond

Close up of the pond

Up Next: We meet up with Suzy and head to Nicaragua.

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One response to “Uvita, the Whale Tail of Costa Rica

  1. Temperatures at 90 – 95 would be a turn off except that Texas summers are usually in the triple digits. 90’s sounds almost cool. Now the humidity could be a problem for me, except that it is so beautiful.

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