The Uvita and Dominical areas, collectively called the Costa Ballena, is a great several day layover to Finca Bellavista for those seeking sun, surf, and adventure. This area is more laid back and less developed than Manuel Antonio environs, and provides a lot of water-based options to soak up.
Dominical has long been a surf Mecca, with consistent surf and a beachy vibe. In recent years, a wellness focus has emerged, balancing out the party town image with mellow activities for out of water time. Yoga classes, surf lessons… whatever it is you seek, there’s plenty on offer in this bustling little beach town.
Nauyaca Waterfalls offers tours to the epic set of waterfalls. Whether hiking or horseback riding, the thrill is a memorable experience.
Roca Verde is a great place to be right on the beach and away from the noise of Dominical, but close enough to enjoy the surf. With an on site restaurant, bar, and pool, this is an easy spot to soak in the ambiance of the area. There’s usually great live music on Friday nights too.
Costa Paraiso is a wonderful spot to relax by the ocean, go in-shore or off-shore fishing, or walk down to Dominicalito for a surf session.
Marino Ballena National Park
Encompassing 270 acres of land and 13,300 acres of ocean, the park hosts a multitude of species of plants, birds, reptiles, monkeys and other animals. The entrance fee is $6/person.
Snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking and National Park tours are all on offer with Bahia Aventuras in Uvita.
A favorite amongst Finca Bellavista staff is the Flutterby Hostel, within short walking distance to the National Park and beach. Featuring a fun, laid-back beach vibe, with treehouse, private cabina, and shared dorm beds to accommodate different budgets. The on-site restaurant and bar feature nightly specials and microbrews. (No children under the age of 10 are permitted.)
Cuna del Angel is a darling and well-serviced hotel in the Costa Ballena area, with an amazing on-site restaurant and spa.
La Cusinga Rainforest Coast Lodge is an epic perch on the Pacific Ocean with a private trail to one of the prettiest beaches in all of Costa Rica.