To book your crocodile night safari, canopy tour and much more, send our concierge service manager Sylvia Morales an email to help assist and coordinate all your acitivies @ firstname.lastname@example.org! Have fun!
When you are staying at the Casa Verde, then dont miss a visit at the Oro Verde Wildlife Refuge just across the river. It is located on 150 hectares of land, which is mostly primary rainforest. The ride to the refuge alone is a real adventure. They also offer horseback and various wildlife watching tours!
There is great rafting only 1,5 hours or so from the Casa Verde. We highly recommend the place, which also offers great other tours including horseback riding up the mountain, sleeping in tents and much more. Visit their website for more infos: www.rafikisafari.com/
A friend of ours - Georg - offers great ultra light flights! Its a very unique way of seeing the country. "Jorge" - a native German - is a truely unique character. Visit his airport on the right side of the Costanera going south, right after the last big supermarket and the second entrance to Bahia Ballena. His website is www.ultralighttours.com.
My friend Linda runs great horseback tours in the Diamante Valley about 45 minutes drive. The valley is not only truly beautiful and authentic but also has the highest waterfalls in all of Costa Rica - the Diamante Falls. For anyone who loves the non-touristy stuff, this is highly recommended activity. Visit www.ranchotranquilo.biz for her contacts and options. Tell her that Simone sent you. We also have a house up there for rent if you want to stay the night www.thediamantecabin.com!
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.
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.