panoramic of uvita beach sector colonia and chaman

Playa Colonia

Playa Colonia / Chaman in Uvita

Uvita beach is accessible through Marino Ballena National Park which offers two entrances in Uvita. The main one is located in Bahia Ballena where all the boat tours depart from. It is the closest entrance to the famous whale's tail beach. And Playa Colonia is its secondary entrance.

This is a sandy beach, perfect for families or visitors who would like to learn to surf. It feels less ‘”crowded” than the main entrance and gives you plenty of space for a stroll, running or relaxing under the trees. This is also a protected area within the National Park where you may find howler monkeys, iguanas, pelicans, turtles or scarlet macaws. Nature here is absolutely stunning and well-preserved. It is an ideal spot to relax in a wide-open space, meditate and re-energised.

The National Park and this beach are now open every day of the week.
Wearing a protective mask will be required to enter the park (not while you are inside the park but only when queuing up to pay the entrance fee).

Good to Know

Opening Hours
From 7am to 6pm. Every day of the week.
Ideal for families with children.
Perfect for beginners or intermediate learners.
Lifeguards. Toilets and showers. Ice creams and other local food stalls just outside the park.
Foreigners $6.78. Nationals and residents CRC1,130. Free for children under 11.


This beach is located south of Uvita. As you drive southbound from Uvita to Ojochal on the “Costanera” (the main highway 34), make a right turn opposite the gas station. It’s a 2-3 minutes drive to the entrance of the Marino Ballena National Park, Sector Colonia.

Car parks available  (usually 2,000crc).