Costa Rica Expat City Guide

Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita, Costa Rica, also known as Uvita de Osa, is a charming town located in the southern part of the Pacific Coast. The area is famously known as Bahía Ballena (Whale Bay), named after the colossal rock formation that protrudes from the ocean, resembling the shape of a whale’s tail. This stunning region hosts both Southern and Northern Humpback whales twice a year, during their breeding and birthing periods. The tail and the beaches around it have been ranked among the world’s most magnificent beaches and are part of the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (Marine Whale National Park). The park spans across 110 hectares (270 acres) of protected land and 5,375 hectares (13,200 acres) of protected ocean, making it one of only two national marine parks in Costa Rica.

Uvita is a hub for adventure and eco-tourism, attracting eco-friendly expats and visitors alike. The town has a lively restaurant and bar scene that caters to the tourist crowd. The area is also home to various parks and preserves, such as Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Preserve, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, El Pavon and Nauyaca Waterfalls, and the Oro Verde Biological Reserve. The wildlife diversity in the region is unparalleled, including Howler and Capuchin monkeys, tapirs, jaguars, pumas, dolphins, whales, parrots, macaws, pelicans, and crocodiles to name a few.

Uvita hosts several annual events, including the Whale Festival in September and the Envision Festival in February/March.

Uvita Location

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Uvita Climate

Climate Type: Tropical Rainforest

Located in the southern region of Costa Rica, Uvita experiences an equatorial climate. Daytime temperatures range from 30 °C (87 °F) in November to 34 °C (93 °F) in March which still considered the dry season. At night, the temperature drops to around 20°C (68°F) in January and 22°C (72°F) in April. On average, the temperature in Uvita is around 22.5°C (72.5°F). However, the humidity levels in the region have a significant impact on how comfortable the temperature feels.

Uvita Weather

Quepos, CR
7:56 am
weather icon 26°C | °F
L: 26° H: 26°
overcast clouds
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:18 am
Sunset: 5:58 pm

At a Glance

Popular Expat Neighborhoods: Aguas Buenas, Ballenas, Playa Hermosa, Uvita, Uvita Hills 

Largest Regional City: Puntarenas

Vibe: beach, ocean, mountain, city, rural, agricultural, resort, tourist, blue zone, adventure-seeking, natural beauty, meditative, locals town, urban, shopping hub, commercial

Distance to Nearest International Airport: Liberia International Airport or Juan Santamaria International Airport – 212 kilometers (132 miles) – approx. 3.5 hours without heavy traffic


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