The southern Pacific coast is called Costa Ballena where lush mountains meet pebbled beaches. It expands from Dominical to Ojochal with many established eco-destinations and world-class surf breaks in and around the region. Known for its dramatic coastline and vibrant jungles, there are numerous beaches, waterfalls and activities to enjoy.
DOMINICAL — Surfers’ Paradise
This small surf town is a global village immersed in warm hospitality authentic to Latin culture. It’s an eclectic mix of locals, expats, surfers, yogis and families from around the world. Despite the international cast, the area is not crowded. You can be on the beach or hike the jungle without meeting a single soul. Playa Dominical has waves every day of the year. Some days, these waves are heavy but getting tubed is just a way of life here. If surfing isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more to do including whitewater rafting, sport fishing, stand-up-paddle boarding and canopy tours.
UVITA – A Bustling Town
This area is home to humpback whales that migrate each year to give birth. Even the national park has a section of coastline in the shape of a whale’s tail. You’d be hard-pressed to find another location in the world with an overwhelming abundance of marine life. For the avid snorkeler or diver, this is the perfect place to explore the sea. For the jungle lover, Uvita is a great launching pad to explore by foot or ATV with many waterfalls to swim, slide or even rappel down. There are plenty of hip cafes and bistros popping up along the way where you can stop and enjoy a delicious snack or a cool, refreshing drink before setting out on another adventure.
OJOCHAL – Ambrosial Cuisine
A quiet village receiving its name from the ‘ojoche’ tree, it’s home to many long-time expatriates and returning snowbirds alike. It’s gained a reputation for being the fine dining mecca in Costa Rica. Many fresh and delectable options are available, even if they’re a little off the beaten path. It’s well known for its large international community, particularly French-Canadians, and just after a few days you’re sure to run into someone you know.
MANUEL ANTONIO – Wildlife Sanctuary
The park boasts one of the most impressive landscapes in the world. It has several coves with white sand beaches and lush foliage amid great mountains draped in tropical forests that reach the sea. The diversity of its wildlife is unequaled with 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, mountain biking and hiking all provide opportunities to experience the wildlife that enriches Manuel Antonio National Park. It’s also famous for sport fishing tournaments.