Uvita is home to the Bahia Ballena National Park. The famous whales tale makes this beach so special. You can either whale and dolphin watch, snorkel, surf (small waves) or go horseback riding or just enjoy the beautiful scenario. The beach is also great for swimming as there are no dangerous ripe tides and huge waves. Small rivers go into the ocean, where kids love to play. There are some great local restaurants by the beach, and you can also camp there. There is a small fee to be paid to enter.
Our caretaker Gumercindo has been working for us since 2005. He has a great sense of humour and is very open minded. We call him Gumer, and really the property would not be the same without his hard work and great gardening. He will be able to tell you what fruits are ripe right now and when to best plant what. The photo below shows him with his current girlfriend Cecilia, who likes to sing very loudly and not really well :-)
Always turn your shoes upside down before wearing them in order to get rid of scorpions and spiders that may have made themselves comfortable inside. There are none in the house but if you keep them on the porch, just be on the safe side.
Do not throw toilet paper in the toilet but use the dedicated trash can in the bathroom. Pipes in Costa Rica are just not thick enough. Dont ask me why.
Do not leave trash outside the house, but show it to the caretaker (Gumercindo) who will take care of it.
In case electricity or water goes out, stay calm. Check with the caretaker and explain the problem. In most cases, all of the area is out of it. There are candles and matches in the kitchen drawer. You should always carry a flashlight, especially when walking at night.
If you do not like bugs, then do keep the doors of the house closed at night while the lights are on.
In case of medical emergency, do not call for help but start driving to Cortez hospital which is 35 minutes south of Uvita on the Costanerra highway. You may also want to check if the doctor is in Uvita is in his office. He can perform first aid and many medical procedures.
Costa Rica has some venomous snakes; hence you should not go through high grass without proper wear (boots and long pants). Always watch out what you touch or where you step. Snakes will bite you when they feel threaten, so you want to avoid seeming a threat to them. Keep the doors of the house closed at night or when you are away. If you do see a snake, do not attempt to catch or kill it. Call the caretaker (Gumercindo). He will take care of the problem. If you get bitten, let someone drive you immediately to the Cortez Hospital, 35 minutes south of Uvita.
One of the great things of the southern pacific coast is the great fresh fish, vegetables and fruits. .
Some of our favorites are Citrus and Exotica in Ochojal. Great lunch and dinner at romantic and exotic scenaries.
At Parcella aka the Point in Dominicalito, you can enjoy OK fish and wine, while enjoying surfers catch a wave at sunset. Better views than food :-)
Waves and the tides are an essential and absolutely integrated part of life down here. You will hear almost everyone talk about how the waves are today, and whether he/she caught a good one at sunrise. For great and safe surf lessons, we recommend heading to the pineapple surf school in dominical and asking for Ronny. He grew up here, and is one of the best surfers in the country.
Author: Simone Schaerf
I first came to Costa Rica in 1998. I fell in love with the country right away for so many reasons. I have been coming, living and unfortunately never staying off and on since.