“The “Southern Zone” of Costa Rica holds some of the most unspoiled and awe-inspiring scenery in the country. Here, at the entryway to The Osa Peninsula, the jungles meet the Pacific, deserted beaches. You awake to howler monkeys and you can watch scarlet macaws soar across the sky while doing absolutely nothing but wait for the sunset.
Broken into three areas, and going South, each is distinct in it’s own vibe and characteristics. Each area has it’s waterfalls for swimming depending on your hiking abilities.
From funky Dominical and Dominicalito are funky little beach towns with an excellent array of bars and restaurants, this is where the nightlife is happening. Strong left breaking waves bring the experienced surfers to this beach. The only beach with Lifeguards in the area, swimmers should pay attention to the flags and warnings. Make sure to head up the mountain to tour Alturas Animal Sanctuary then over to Jolly Roger’s for incredible sunsets, wings and cervezas.
About an hour South, you will find Uvita with the famous, Whale’s Tale Beach, Due to the migration patterns of the humpback whales, both Northern and Southern hemisphere humpbacks pass through Costa Rica. The best time to spot them August to December, with August and September known to be best as they come to breed and raise their young. This tour will educate and promote the conservation of the priceless natural resources that are found in the Marino Ballena National Park. In addition to Whale Watching and the Mangrove Wetland Refuge of Terraba-Sierpe, Cano Island Biologic Reserve and the Osa peninsula, you will love these friendly and safe boat tour excursions.
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Uvita is the shopping hub for The Ballena area and boasts two grocery stores as well as great sodas, Argentine bakeries and a Mosaic Wine Bar. Make sure to spend some time here. The Feria (Market), is held on Saturdays. Besides fresh, organic produce and local wares, it is a great place to socialize with the locals, expats and visitors.
Map of the whales tail in Uvita Costa Rica
Further South, you will pass through Ballena and shortly arrive in, Ojochal, “The Foodie Capital of The Southern Zone”. Incredible hotels and amazing restaurants hide amongst the jungles with views that will mesmerize you. Here you can dine on French, the freshest sushi, exotic fusions from all over the world as well as local “typical” Costa Rican cuisine.
This amazing waterfall has the perfect rock wedged in the middle. the calm pool makes a great place to relax and cool off!
Ventanas and Tortuga beaches lie below and are an explorer’s dream when the tides are out and you are able to walk into the caves. This is a favorite laying ground for the Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles and often you will happen upon a release of the hatchings.
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