We are located at the beach next to one of the entrances to the Ballena National Marine Park in Uvita / Bahia. This magical place is on the South Pacific portion of Costa Rica in an area know as Costa Ballena.
Ballena means whale in Spanish, and coincidentally this is the best place in Costa Rica to view them; our majestic beach actually forms the famous whales tail seen in the image above. This is also the only area on the Pacific coast where the jungle covered mountains come right up to the coast.
Uvita is located just south of Manual Antonio and Dominical, and on the way to the Osa Peninsula. This is a magical place of rainforest covered mountains, rushing rivers, majestic waterfalls, and lots of nature and exciting beaches to explore. Bambu Beach Hostel & Hotel is bound to be one of the most memorable parts of your trip to Costa Rica.
Summary of Activities to do in Uvita / Bahia:
- Whale & Dolphin watching
- Awesome Waterfall with Natural Water Slide & Swimming Hole
- Surfing (beginner to intermediate)
- Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
- Horseback riding
- Saturday Farmers Market
- Restaurants and Supermarkets nearby
- Awesome sunsets, magical beach, lots of wildlife
Directions & Map
The fastest way to get here is to take the TRACOPA bus from San José to Paso Canoas or Niely and get off in Uvita, where they stop for 20 minutes. This ride takes about 3.5 hours. TRACOPA buses stopping in Uvita leave San Jose at 7:30 am, 10:15 am, 11 am, 12 noon, and 4:30 pm. Costs around $12. From where the bus stops we are around a 3km walk, see car driving directions, but we recommend just taking a taxi, it should only cost 2,500 colones or $5 to get dropped off at the Bambu Beach Hostel. We also recommend buying food to cook in our communal kitchen before you get here. The main Supermarket and where you can get a taxi are 250 meters south of where the Tracopa bus stops in Uvita.
Please note that although 4 wheel drive is not needed to get to our location, they can be helpful if you plan to explore the Southern Zone in more depth. Please contact us for great rental car rates. From San Jose, head down to Jaco, then south along the coast Past Manuel Antonio, then continuing past Dominical about 24 kilometers you will come to Uvita. Just as you are leaving the small town you will Pass the second BM Market on your left, go a little ways and take the next right at Cabinas Gato, continue about 1km you will see a crossing with a paved road going to the right, take a left here onto the dirt road go about 1 more km, you will go over a little bridge then take the second left to get to Bambu Beach Hostel.