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Playa Uvita

Aerial View of Whale's Tail, Playa Uvita, Marino Ballena National Park - It is an excellent surfing spot...

Aerial View of Whale's Tail - Uvita - Costa Rica

Playa Uvita, also known as Marino Ballena National Park is located in Bahía Uvita, two miles east of the South Coast. It is among the most beautiful idyllic beaches on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast, the beach rimmed with palm trees. It is an excellent surfing spot for beginner surfers, as it has relatively calm waters.

The entry fee to the Marino Ballena National Park is $ 6 for foreigners, and $ 2 if you are national or resident. Keep your ticket; it allows you to access Playa Uvita, Playa Colonia, Playa Ballena, and Playa Piñuela that same day. The Park is open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm every day.

At low tide, the beach stretches out and you can walk along the legendary sandbar and rocky reef resembling a whale’s tail. At high tide, the beach is eaten up by the tide and you can watch from the beach's edge as local surfers meet up for an after work surf session.

If you want to walk on the plunger or Paso de Moisés you should do it at low tide.

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Punta Uvita - Playa Uvita, Marino Ballena National Park - It is an excellent surfing spot...

Punta Uvita - Costa Rica - Photo by Dagmar Reinhard - Click to enlarge

You can also walk along the road behind the tree edges and find many diversities, such as the Eucalyptus Forest, now regenerated.

You can also sight monkeys, such as the Capuchin, and birds, such as the Scarlet Macaw. There are many trees, perfect for a hammock set-up, so bring a good book and get ready to relax. Don't forget to look up before setting up, many palm trees have coconuts, so be sure to place yourself not directly underneath the palm trees.

Remember, it is not allowed to take any kind of shells, or plants within the Marine Park.