aerial view of Uvita beach

Playa Uvita

Welcome to Uvita Beach

Playa Uvita, also called Punta Uvita, is the beach you will reach using the main entrance of Marino Ballena National Park. This is the primary access to the famous Whale's Tail Beach (visible at low tide only!).

All whale watching boat tours depart from here. It’s also a great place for swimming and relaxing. Bordered by coconut trees and almond trees, this is an authentic wild beach of the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Monkeys and scarlet macaws are frequent noisy visitors, and it is never too crowded with people!

The National Park keeps the beach pristine, far from being spoiled by any sort of buildings or touristic facilities. Here, it’s just nature at its best, and we highly recommend walking all the way to the end of the “whale’s tail” at low tide. Then, turn around and face the mountains and all the green scenery. The immensity of this untouched landscape is truly empowering.

Good to Know

Opening Hours
7am to 6pm, every day of the week.
Perfect for families. This is one of the most protected beaches in the area and it is lifeguarded.
Toilets and showers. Local restaurants and bars are located just outside the park.
Foreigners $6.78. Nationals and residents CRC1,130. Free for children under 11. Payments by credit cards only.


When driving south through Uvita (from Dominical to Ojochal), take the first right after the big BM grocery store. Then simply follow this road until you see the Dolphin Tours company and restaurant. There, turn left and keep driving to the entrance of the park.

You will find several parking areas on that last stretch leading to the park.