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About Uvita

Lying peacefully along the southwestern coast of Costa Rica, in one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world, is the little village of Uvita. Far from your average beach resort, Uvita has remained staunchly underdeveloped, largely due to it nestling in the Marino Ballena National Park, a marine park famous for being where Humpback whales migrate and mate between December and April. However, there are still a number of cute bars and restaurants for visitors. Sitting along a 2 mile stretch of white sand beach where watersports abound, it sits in the shadow of mountains bearded with coconut and palm trees, swarming with ocelots and monkeys, and swamps inhabited by crocodiles, and is only a short boat ride away fromm Cano Island - a protected wildlife reserve - teeming with boa constrictors and mysterious stone spheres dating back to the pre-Colombian era. Whether you're there for a beach holiday, backpacking trip or a chance to unwind in the bountiful arms of nature, Uvita is a fantastic place to go. Our collection of the best places to stay in Uvita - a collection of chic boutiques, from Balinese-style jungle villas to luxurious adults-only escapes.

What not to miss

  • Enjoy whale-spotting from the coast.
  • Sunbathe along the 2 mile stretch of white sand beach.
  • Book a horseback ride to the Uvita Waterfall.
  • Take a boat out to Cano Island and scubadive in the crystal-clear waters.
  • Walk to the Whale's Tail - the edge of the land in the shape of a whale's tail - and watch the otherwordly sunset.
  • Explore the caves and extraordinary rock formations on Playa las Ventanas, a nearby beach lying south of Uvita.
  • Go scubadiving and kayaking.
  • Hike through the beautiful lush forested mountains.

An oasis of tranquility surrounded by spectacular nature, Uvita is ideal for backpackers, sunbathers, hikers, hippies and nature-lovers. Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Uvita to start planning your trip.

The best places to stay in Uvita

Romantic

  • Oxygen Jungle Villas is a boutique collection of Balinese-style villas in the Costa Rican jungle overlooking the Pacific. Smart villas feature mosquito framed four-poster beds, plenty of glass and luxury bathrooms. An infinity pool boasts epic views and the spa is utterly spoiling. Adult-only and undeniably romantic.
  • Rancho Pacifico is an adult-only haven set overlooking the famous Whale’s Tail Beach. Spacious suites, treehouses and villas connect seamlessly with the abundance of nature all around. Beyond the hotel’s alluring tranquility, find an endless array of activities on land or by sea. The perfect romantic getaway.

Pure luxury

  • Kura Design Villas is a sublime hilltop paradise with private villas and bedrooms offering gorgeous views to the South Pacific. A tropical hideaway with a sparkling infinity pool and small spa. Bedrooms have private balconies and the restaurant offers Costa Rican fusion cuisine. Romantic, remote and relaxing.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • There is never a bad time to go - the temperature remains the same throughout the year - at around 26 degrees. If you want to see the Humpback whales, be sure to visit between December and April.
  • Fly to San Jose International Airport, and take the EasyRide shuttle to Uvita - the journey takes 3-4 hours.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Uvita

  • Oxygen Jungle Villas Uvita de Osa 12 rooms from £155

    A boutique collection of Balinese-style villas in the Costa Rican jungle overlooking the Pacific. Smart villas feature mosquito framed four-poster beds, plenty of glass and luxury bathrooms. An infinity pool boasts epic views and the spa is utterly spoiling. Adult-only and undeniably romantic.

    Active Holiday  -  Between the jungle and the sea there's a vast array of activities to get involved in.
    Back to Nature  -  Just in the surrounding area toucans, sloths, and howler monkeys are all common.
    Surfing  -  A well known area for surfing. Classes and rentals are available from a nearby surf shop.
    Sailing  -  Spend an unforgettable day searching for whales and dolphins.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Rancho Pacifico Uvita 7 rooms from £261

    An adult-only haven set overlooking the famous Whale’s Tail Beach. Spacious suites, treehouses and villas connect seamlessly with the abundance of nature all around. Beyond the hotel’s alluring tranquility, find an endless array of activities on land or by sea. The perfect romantic getaway.

    Back to Nature  -  A wildlife lovers haven with monkeys, sloths, jaguarundis, anteaters, parakeets and even whales all commonplace.
    Honeymoons  -  An exclusive adult-only hideaway with 3 villas, 2 treehouses, and 2 luxury suites
    Sailing  -  For memorable days out take a boat to spot whales and dolphins.
    Birdwatching  -  Take a guided tour through the hotel's own sanctuary.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
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  • Kura Design Villas Uvita 6 rooms from £521

    A sublime hilltop paradise with private villas and bedrooms offering gorgeous views to the South Pacific. A tropical hideaway with a sparkling infinity pool and small spa. Bedrooms have private balconies and the restaurant offers Costa Rican fusion cuisine. Romantic, remote and relaxing.

    Eco break  -  Kurta uses drip technology to water the lush gardens, relies on solar power and harvests local ingredients for the restaurant.
    Total relaxation  -  Lounge by the salt water infinity pool with a cocktail or indulge in the spas menu of wraps, scrubs and massages.
    Diving  -  Experienced divers head straight for Isla del Cano where you can swim with manta rays, turtles, dolphins and tropical fish.
    Birdwatching  -  Set in the stunning Caño Island Biological Reserve and every room is supplied with binoculars for viewing local wildlife.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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