Uvita, Costa Rica: The “downtown” of Costa Rica’s Ballena Coast
Uvita, Costa Rica is located 18 kilometers South of Dominical and 17 kilometers North of Ojochal. The offices of South Pacific Costa Rica Real Estate are a five minute, 6.5 kilometers – South of Uvita. So, come on down and see us!
When you first arrive in Uvita, there’s kind of a conglomeration of two strip centers facing each other across the busy highway. This is what we refer to in the Ballena coast area as our “downtown”. (Note, there’s no stop lights anywhere to be found in Uvita, so when you cross the highway on foot or pull out in your car from one side or the other, please look both ways!)
What can you find in Uvita, Costa Rica downtown?
The main strip center on the East side of the highway (left as you enter town coming from Dominical) are home to BM (the supermarket) BCR (or Banco Costa Rica, one of Costa Rica’s two national banks), a paint store, an electronics and household appliances store, ICE (the country’s public utility for electricity) and a furniture store around the corner.
On the opposite side (West side) of the highway, you’ll find the Uvita Information Center, La Casona (a famous, good local restaurant for Costa Rican food), a pool supply store, a tourist trinkets store, Sibu – the only “real” coffee shop in Uvita Costa Rica, a pharmacy and another restaurant.
Next door to this “downtown” area is the bustling bus station, where Costa Rica’s large buses come in and out, day and night. At the moment, the bulk of them are painted lime green, pink and neon blue, which makes them pretty hard to miss.
Otherwise, through Uvita, you’ll notice a sprinkling here and there of smaller strip centers with other amenities: salons, restaurants, hardware stores, BnBs, small hotels, a couple of vets, a couple of dentists, a physician, a Firestone, three or four car rental agencies, a couple of private schools, and so on. Uvita also has the only gas station within a 20-kilometer radius, so if you’re nearing empty, fill up now before heading South.
Uvita’s smaller suburb, Bahia, is the entry point for the famed Whale’s Tale, the beach phenomenon which forms the shape of a whale’s tale at low tide, and also, Playa Uvita and Playa Colonia (locally known as Chaman). Bahia has many tourist related shops and tour providers, as well as the community outdoor soccer field but otherwise is a smattering of smaller homes.
Real Estate Options in Uvita Costa Rica
In terms of residential real estate in Uvita, you can find homes (and a very limited number of condos) at all ranges of pricing. None of these will have ocean view, unless you are way up one of the nearby mountain slopes.
Remember if you want ocean view, you’re going to pay for ocean view and that means MORE than $250k USD for a house!
Otherwise, Uvita’s real estate purchase prices in the last two years have increased as the area has grown with more and more expats choosing the small town of Uvita as their Costa Rica home. When it comes to price to square foot or price per square meter, Uvita is more expensive than nearby Ojochal, but it also has more amenities right at your fingertips. If this is the kind of “close-to-it-all, but only 15-minutes from two great beaches” lifestyle you’re seeking, get in touch!
Bahia Ballena, the Entrance to the Famous Whale’s Tail Park in Uvita
Bahia Ballena (pronounced Ba-EE-ah Ba-YAY-na) is part of Uvita, but because it’s the entrance to the famous Whale’s Tale, many people think it’s separate. In this area, you can find some affordable real estate such as smaller lots, more Tico/local style homes, a couple of small developments and lots of tourist-driven real and services. In fact, if you’re in the market for a live/work investment in Uvita, we have a really cute beach hotel for sale here.
Take a look at this drive-through video of the main road in Bahia Ballena to give you an insider’s view.
JuliAnne’s favorite things about Uvita:
- Gloria’s Salon, who provides great nail and waxing services
- Pura Vida Gym for a varied line up of work-out options available every day but Sunday
- Sibu, the coffee shop, for a fresh fruit plate and a Chai after a hard workout and KILLER handmade custom-order cakes for special occasions…or a Thursday. 🙂
- The farmer’s market (locally, we call them ‘feria’s) held 8 AM to Noon every Saturday
- Not one, but two brand new BBQ joints in town…both with yummy ribs and sandwiches, and at one, even Texas sweet tea (this Southern girl’s favorite)!