The Surfer's Guide to Costa Rica - Punta Uvita
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Seventeen kilometers south of Dominical is the coastal village of
Uvita, which is at the base of a huge reef that juts way out into the
Pacific. If you have time and access to a boat you might check it out.
There’s surf out on that reef. It goes way, way out and there’s no one out there. There’s some fun surf
exploring to be had.
If there isn’t any surf, Uvita is also the gateway to Ballena National Park, the only marine park in Costa Rica.
The park is home to the largest coral reef on the Pacific side of the country. There’s a fee of about a buck per
person to get into the park, plus a small parking fee. You can also do whale watching trips that cost $20 per
adult; kids under nine are free.
The reefs include an offshore island, Isla Ballena, with more surf exploration opportunities. And if reefbreaks
aren’t your thing, there are uncrowded beachbreaks in the cove just north of Punta Uvita.
Excerpted from The Surfer's Guide to Costa Rica & SW Nicaragua, available at SurfTravelGear.com.