Located on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica is little, paradisiacal Uvita. This charming, tropical town is unspoiled and slow-moving, framed on one side with majestic rainforest mountains whose unexplored peaks disappear into the clouds and with palm-lined stretches of pristine, uncrowded beaches on the other. At low tide, these beaches seem almost as wide as they are long, and despite their warm waters, the footprints you leave in the sand might be the only ones for miles!
Kura – King of the Beaches
Is Kurà a luxury beach hotel? Well, not in the traditional sense. We’re not located right by the ocean but our privileged spot 1,300ft closer to heaven does make us the true king of all the Uvita beaches! While you’re cooling off in our dramatic infinity pool, or even relaxing on your private panoramic terrace, oversized hammock or plush bed, you can look out over the stunning beaches of the Marino Ballena National Park, and the humpback whales that visit seasonally too!
During your stay with us, we offer daily complimentary shuttles to and from the beach, and especially during the week, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that these amazing strips of coastline have very few visitors.
At low tide, walk out to the iconic sandbar shaped like a whale’s tail. The reef that protects this remarkable formation from dangerous currents and strong waves makes it a perfect place to swim. The southern end of the beach is also excellent for amateur surfers. From Kurà it’s easy to underestimate the scale of this beach – there are approximately 2km between the entrance of the beach and the tip of the whale’s tail!
Ballena & Arco
These two secluded beaches are side by side and the latter is only accessible at low tide. Both offer breath-taking coastal landscapes where you can walk for miles without seeing a soul!
Local fishermen anchor their boats in this small and tranquil bay. This pretty pebble beach is great for swimming especially on the south side, and has received a Blue Flag (ecological award) for its excellent cleanliness, security, and beauty.
Wonderfully scenic, this beach is surrounded by mountains and gets its name from the ‘windows’ formed by huge rocky caves and tunnels right at the water’s edge. At low tide, there is much to explore. This is one of the best secluded beaches in the area due to its difficult accessibility – cars must be left 300m away, and a pedestrian path leads to the entrance. The walk is worthwhile if you would like to experience a beach reminiscent of Jurassic Park!
With waves for more experienced surfers, this lively little village has an abundance of picturesque beachfront bars and restaurants, as well as colorful stalls selling beachwear and knick-knacks.
The light gray sands of sprawling Hermosa (meaning ‘beautiful’ in English) provide the perfect spot to catch a gorgeous sunset while watching the local surfers and boogie boarders. Grab an ‘agua de pipa’ (coconut water) and enjoy the people watching.