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 (from where all the boat tours depart). It is the closest entrance to the famous Whale's Tail Beach. Playa Colonia is the park’s secondary entrance.

This is a sandy beach, perfect for families and visitors who would like to learn to surf. It feels less crowded than the beach at the main entrance and offers plenty of space for a stroll, running, or relaxing under the trees. This is a protected area within the National Park, so you may encounter 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-energize.

Good to Know

Opening Hours
7am to 6pm, every day of the week.
Ideal for families with children. Lifeguards are present.
Perfect for beginners and intermediate learners.
Toilets and showers. Ice creams parlors and other local food stalls are found 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 minute drive to the entrance of the Marino Ballena National Park, Sector Colonia.

Parking is available (usually CRC2,000).