Surfer Hippie Yogi Paradise
Uvita and Dominical, Costa Rica
The two small towns of Uvita and Dominical lay on the south-western side of Costa Rica, and are about 20 km within each other. These spots are surfer hippie yogi paradise! This area is going to blow up in the next 10 years, I’m sure of it. The laid back lifestyle, beautiful beaches, and great atmosphere make for a perfect holiday destination.
We first stayed two nights in Uvita, but found it difficult to get around without a vehicle. The first day we walked out to the “Whale’s Tail”, which is an area of beach that looks like a whale’s tail (from an aerial view) at low tide. The long beautiful sandy pristine beaches of the Marino Ballena National Park were worth the entrance fee. We apparently just missed the humpback whale migration, which was too bad! They make 2 migrations per year, and are usually able to be seen in this area (hence “Marino Ballena”, which translates to “whale marine”). The scenery reminded us of Tofino and Long Beach, in British Columbia. It was amazing to have the beaches to ourselves.
We tried, like, really really hard, to get a car or scooter (or even ATV!!) rental in Uvita and Dominical, but had no such luck. Car rentals are expensive and hard to find in this area. If we were to come back (which hopefully we will!!) we would probably rent a 4x4 in San Jose and drive through Costa Rica. Renting a car provides so much flexibility, and there is SO MUCH to see in Costa Rica! So there we were, SOL - no car rental, so we had to settle in Dominical for the next few days *sigh* the horror. We enjoyed the fact that Dominical is much more convenient on foot.
The tides change like crazy here. On our walk from Dominical to another beach called Dominicalito, it was low tide. We found some secluded tidal pools in the rocks! On the way back, we had to take a different route because it was high tide. It was amazing to see the difference within a few hours.
Although the beaches aren’t quite as nice in Dominical compared to Uvita, they are free, and have amazing surf! It was fun to watch the surfers - we saw some pretty serious talent. Devon rented a board for a few days and enjoyed the waves as well. He saw tons of rays jumping up out of the water.
We found a few really great restaurants to eat at (although the prices were pretty comparable to restaurants in Canada). In Costa Rica the local places that serve typical food are called "sodas". A meal at a soda costs about $5 CAD, and usually consists of rice, beans, meat, and some veggies. Plus it includes a drink! Not a bad deal! We splurged a few times and went to a delicious Thai restaurant which was a treat. It was easy to eat healthy here: we bought fresh fruit daily from a local man who had a cart full of mango, watermelon, pineapple, and a variety of other tropical fruits which we don’t know how to pronounce (but are delicious!). Devon learned how to open up coconuts on the beach, and we enjoyed sweet coconut milk and tried “queen’s bread”, which is a delicacy which occurs when a coconut has sprouted.
All of a sudden we realized we had spent nearly 10 days in Costa Rica! Both of us felt like we barely scratched the surface, and we can’t wait to come back with friends and family in the future!