Here in Uvita, Costa Rica, you’ll find the iconic Whale’s Tail sandbar, seven beaches, and a 35 km coastline known for migrating Humpback Whales.
Only 60 minutes South of Manuel Antonio, Uvita is situated on the stunning South Pacific coast of the Osa Peninsula. National Geographic called it “one of the most biologically intense regions on earth”.
Parks & Nature Reserves
This region has the highest percentage of protected land dedicated to Natural Parks and Private Reserves.
You’ll enjoy seven plus national parks in the immediate area:
Ballena Marine National Park
25 mins. from Kura by car
Caño Island Biological Reserve
25 mins. by car and 1.5 hours by boat
1 h 20 mins. by car
Corcovado National Park
25 mins. by car and 1.5 hr boat ride
Piedras Blancas National Park
1.5 hrs by car from Kurt
Amistad International Park
6 hr drive (from Uvita to Limon) with limited car access from Limon to Amistad International Park
Chirripó National Park
2.5 hrs by car, limited access
60 mins. by car
We’re perched remotely on the coastal ridge overlooking Ballena Marine National Park, just a 15 minute drive from the main road. This position provides cool breezes, panoramic views of the ocean, and deep jungle views to the East.
Planning Your Trip
How to get to Uvita and the South Pacific Coast
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
Choose airport SJO over LIB, since direct flights from Liberia to Quepos are not offered
Our Recommended Route: Get Here via Quepos
From SJO, take a domestic flight to the nearby town of Quepos (25 mins). Sansa is a carbon neutral airline that offer several flights throughout the day.
We’ll await your arrival at Quepos airstrip. We offer 4×4 transfer to Kura in Uvita, or can arrange to deliver a 4×4 rental vehicle for you (50 mins. drive).
Once in Uvita, you’ll drive up our mountain gravel road (15 mins).
Note: Sansa departs from a small terminal within walking distance of Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. All domestic flights have a 30 pound baggage limit per person, although additional luggage can be accommodated for a small extra charge.
Drive to Uvita
Our Recommended Route: San Jose to Uvita
You’ll enjoy your drive from San Jose to Uvita — it’s pleasant and scenic. The highways are fully paved, well-maintained all year round, and well-marked with reflective paint and cat eyes. Expect several river crossings accessed by bridge.
Once in Uvita, you’ll drive up our mountain gravel road accessible only by 4×4 (15 mins). The road is rugged and steep in parts, and quite an experience in itself! We can provide you with detailed directions.
Remember to rent a 4×4 vehicle if you plan to drive up the mountain to Kura
We’ve provided 2 main driving routes from San Jose in Google Maps.
Route 1: Drive Southwest to Quepos
Via Route 34
3 h 15 min / 140 miles / 226 km
Route 2: Drive Southeast to Dominical
Via Route 2
3.5 hrs / 119 miles / 192 km
Route 3: From Manuel Antonio, drive South
Via Route 34
60 mins / 42 miles / 67 km
Your Comfort is Our Priority
We’re here to help you make your trip planning easier
- If you prefer not to drive uphill, we provide safe parking for your rental in Uvita. From there, we’ll take you up the mountain in our luxury 4×4 — an exciting experience in itself!
- Rental parking in Uvita and your transfer at check-in/check-out are complimentary
- We offer complimentary scheduled shuttle service, up or down the ridge, daily throughout your stay
- If you prefer not to drive at all during your stay, we’re happy to arrange all private ground transportation in advance