• Walk Score 60 (daily errands accomplished on foot)
• In the safe Bahia Ballena/Uvita neighborhoods
• Luxury - Full stocked + equipped kitchen, free coffee/wine
• Jacuzzi, 4 showers, BBQ, Hammocks, washer/dryer, veranda, terraces, seating areas, Egyptian cotton bedsheets/towels
• Hear ocean/the animals, see mountains/forest, enjoy botanical garden
• Antiquities, Artifacts, Paintings, Statues for art lovers
• See my neighborhood recommendations: https://www.airbnb.com/things-to-do/rooms/1148068
For travellers who are looking for something more than just a house near the beach, the chalet Casa Mediterranea is the place!
Private and comfortable for two to six guests, this brand luxurious new Chalet is located in the coast-side village of Bahia, only 800 meters from the main entrance of the Marine National Park Ballena and the beautiful wild beaches Playa Uvita and Playa Colonia.
Its location right behind the beach forest of the National Park, only 200 meters from the Ocean, provides a daily breeze and the constant magic melody of the sea waves, many bird species and even the monkeys. No thorough pathway to the beach though.
The two-bedroom two bathroom cabin is made of local cultivated, environmental-friendly certified pinewood. The sea breeze is reinforced by designed 5 ceiling fans and three wall mounted remote controlled Fans in all rooms and the porch; a fresh local ceramic floor completes the cosy feeling of natural immersion. All open areas of the house has screens against unwanted animals.
The master bedroom with queen sized bed, en suite bathroom, A/C and garden view is connected to the second "private/romantic" porch calle Pera which contains a bar, chaise long, hammock, chairs and an outside bathtub with shower for relaxing/reading/listening to the tropical sounds/having red wine. The second bedroom with its own private bathroom also has A/C, fans and two single beds. A living room sofa-bed is available for 5th and 6th guest.
The fully furnished kitchen is nicely decorated with European tiles. It forms a unique space with the living room, and creates continuity with the external porch 1 thanks to the phantom sliding door. You will enjoy the flat screen TV and video library on the comfortable micro-fiber textured sofa and armchair.
The en suite bathroom is made of mostly glass to enhance the garden view in privacy. Exterior third and fourth showers and a bath tub are also available for additional enjoyment of the surroundings. There are a security safes for valuables and lap tops.
The spacious external porch 1 (Galata) offers hammock and chairs to enjoy the sound of the Ocean, while navigating on a comfortable 4G wireless internet, watching at the coastal jungle and experience the sight of a monkey or of a loud screaming pair of Scarlet Macaws!
The new 1000 m2 botanical garden is equipped with a Jacuzzi, 3 hammocks, one wooden bench and a Veranda (12 can sit). The parking place for 4 cars is private and lightened at night.
No 4x4 expensive rental car is necessary…actually you won't need a car at all! The village of Bahia (an old farm that became a tourist destination after the national Park was created) can be easily reached by public bus. It hosts all tour operators organising mid-day boat tours of the park or daily tours to the more distant and spectacular Caño Island and Corcovado National Park. You can hang around walking or cycling (bicycles available on request); go to the beach and take a low-tide walk to the world wide known Whale’s Tail; surf a wave at Playa Colonia when the tide raises; rest in one of the local sodas and enjoy a fresh fried fish or a natural fruit juice; or just buy some food and be back home………all within few hundred meters from ocean and forest!
No need of inaccessible luxurious villas anymore…With this Casa Mediterranea you can make your visit to paradise possible, optimise your money and enjoy unforgettable excursions, without renouncing to the comforts your vacation deserves!
1. See the whale’s tail at Marino Ballena National Park/whale watching Marino Ballena National Park is a huge national park in Uvita that has one very interesting characteristic: there is an area where two beaches meet and during low tide, the rocks and sand create a formation in the shape of a whale’s tail. It’s even more interesting because this area is the best spot for humpback whale watching in Costa Rica and is the longest in the world! Make sure you go in low tide to see the whale’s tail and there are plenty more activities in the national park. Walk along the dark sand to admire the jungle meets beach landscape, swim or simply relax. There are many whale and dolphin watching tours that depart from Marino Ballena National Park. Don’t miss out on the chance to see humpback whales in the wild!
2. Jump off Nauyaca Waterfalls
Close to Playa Dominical is a big beautiful waterfall called Nauyaca Waterfalls, one of the most popular in the country. You have to hike about 4 kilometers from a private property to get there or take a horseback riding tour, and either one you choose is guaranteed to be a fun day in the jungle. Once you’re at the waterfall, you can swim in the pool, lay on the rocks or jump off the side of the fall. The horseback riding tour guides tie a rope so that people can climb up and leap off the edge.
3. Cano Island Biological Reserve is one of the best snorkel/scuba dive spots in Costa Rica as it houses an abundance of marine life. It’s famous for the pre-Columbian artifacts found on the island and many biologists come to research the coral living there.
You can take snorkel/scuba dive day trips to Cano Island from Uvita and the snorkeling there was incredible. It’s about a 1.5 hour boat ride departing from Marino Ballena National Park, then you snorkel for a couple hours at the island and head back along the coast for stunning views.
You can see dolphins, turtles, all sorts of fish like snappers, jacks, trumpet fish, puffer fish, parrotfish and more. Other animals to see are manta/eagle rays and white tip reef sharks.
You can read about our Cano Island snorkeling trip, we left from Uvita and went with Bahia Aventuras. Definitely a must do!
4. If you’re not planning on going any further south, then a day trip to Corcovado National Park is another must do. From Uvita, you’re a boat ride away from one of the most biologically diverse spots in the world. Day trips from Uvita go to San Pedrillo Ranger Station, where you’ll hike for a couple hours and visit a waterfall.
Wildlife that can be seen at San Pedrillo station are birds such as toucans, macaws and tanagers, tapirs, agoutis and monkeys. Don’t miss out on exploring the dense jungles of the south and fabulous wildlife watching!
5. Nauyaca waterfalls isn’t the only waterfall in the area – there are so many more! You can go on a waterfall tour or explore on your own which we personally like to do. Nauyaca waterfalls is one of the biggest ones in the area but there are several more where you can jump off – even slide off!
Cascada El Pavon (left) is a small but very cool waterfall that has a rock in the middle. Uvita waterfall is another small one but you can climb up to the top and slide down! This one has an entrance fee ($3 or so) but El Pavon is free. Both are easily accessible from Dominical and Uvita.
6. Along the Costanera Sur, there are a ton of entrances that look like they don’t go into anything. Many of them actually go to different beaches such as Playa Ventanas, Playa Tortuga and more. Although the beaches in the South aren’t as pretty as the ones up north, it is still fun to spend a day exploring the different ones. Most of the beach entrances are unpaved roads and we’ve encountered a couple that we needed the 4X4. Others were gravel roads that you just need to drive slowly.
7. SUP/Kayak is a very popular activity in the Dominical and Uvita area because there are several places to do it for beginners and pros. Many people like to do it at Marino Ballena National Park because of the views and the whale’s tail but you can also SUP/kayak at Rio Baru, Ventanas Cave and the Sierpe mangrove. It’s a fun sport that first timers can do and you may even have the chance to see some wildlife if you go in the ocean!
8. Bird watching
As the South is more humid and dense than the North, the amount and variety of birds greatly increases. You can find birds endemic to this area with beautiful coloration and interesting calls, making this spot a must for bird lovers. You can go on a guided bird watching tour, which is recommended. You’ll have someone who knows the area to help you locate the birds. Some of the best spots are Hacienda Baru, Oro Verde and Rancho la Merced, which are all in close vicinity to Dominical and Uvita. Some birds you can see are toucans such as the Black-mandibuled and Fiery-billed Aracari, hummingbirds, tanagers and birds of prey.
9. The Sierpe mangrove is the largest in Central America and it’s not very far from Uvita and Dominical. You can take a guided boat trip, kayak or SUP in the mangrove to see the various wildlife and learn about this important habitat.
It’s a very peaceful place as you glide in the water quietly to get close to the nature.
Uvita, Puntarenas, Kostarika