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Uvita Waterfall

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Uvita Waterfall

Costa Rica, and in particular the Bahia Ballena region, has many beautiful waterfalls. In fact, although there are several well known waterfalls within a short drive or walk from where we live, we are now just beginning to go explore them. Recently we were invited by Abigail Vargas, of Osa Property Management, to go and visit the Uvita Waterfall. Neither Lisa nor I knew where exactly this waterfall was, but when I asked Abigail what the official name of the waterfall was she said,"Uvita Waterfall. Everyone simply calls it that."  Ok! Let's go to the Uvita Waterfall! I've only seen one other waterfall in-person in my life, so I'm hardly an expert, but the sound, the power and the majestic beauty of them is amazing.

Based on Abigail's recommendation, arriving earlier in the day is advised due to the smaller crowds, so we met at 9 am in the parking lot. By "we" I mean myself, Lisa, our amazing Springer Spaniel 'Whiskey', Abigail and Abigail's four year-old son. We paid our admission fee of 1,000 colones ($1.70) per adult and kids are free (Whiskey was also free) and started walking to the waterfall.  We followed the cut-out path through the jungle for a couple of minutes, and with each step the roar of the Uvita Waterfall got louder, before arriving. Luckily for us, when we arrived, there was only one other couple there.

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Activities at Uvita Waterfall

This is the height of the rainy season so most creeks and waterfalls are flowing to capacity and are dangerous to swim in. However, although Uvita Waterfall was flowing powerfully, the pool below was calm and enjoyable to swim in. Lisa brought her GoPro video camera to capture some of our fun during the day (check out video below or click here).

Whiskey ran and enjoyed the cool water.

Abigail was a bit more daring than Lisa and I were...Abigail swam in the natural pool below the falls and jumped off a ledge about three feet over the water. There were other people (the Columbian's) who even climbed higher up the rocks to jump into the water. When I was a younger man I would have definitely climbed up some rocks and jumped in.

Meeting New People

As the day drew on Uvita Waterfall became a melting pot of people including locals, Columbians and Germans. This is very typical of the Bahia Ballena region of Costa Rica - a healthy and fun mix of locals and ex-pats enjoying each other's company. Not knowing Spanish had zero impact on our day and the few times I wanted to say something, and the facial expressions and exaggerated arm gestures didn't work, Abigail translated for us. Having Whiskey (the dog...) with us helped break the ice too, as everyone loves a friendly and happy dog running through and splashing in the water.  We were all eager to meet each other and learn from each other. This just does not happen in the United States too often.

By the way, the pictures don't to the waterfall justice. The roar of the water and surprisingly, the entire day was bug free.

So if you get the chance, talk to Abigail from Osa Property Management or look us up in San Buenas. We would be more than happy to show you Uvita Waterfall (really, that's the official name) and other amazing places nearby!! Pura vida!!

Lisa & Scott Norman

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Best Activities in Costa Rica include ziplines and photography retreats

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A common question we receive is 'what are the best activities in Costa Rica'. The answer isn't so simple. It depends on activity levels and interests, however, we recommend ziplines and retreats. That's right...retreats

Best Activities in Costa Rica

There are countless ways to enjoy the amazing country of Costa Rica. Undoubtedly, if you have looked into visiting Costa Rica, I am sure you have noticed that zip lining is a popular activity. In addition, to zip lining through the treetops of the rain forest, here are a few other activities you might enjoy during your time in Costa Rica (Osa Property Management can line all of these tours up for you, simply contact us):

  • Visit a rain forest. There several different options nearby, some on public lands and some in private preserves. nauyaca waterfall costa rica
  • Waterfalls: Nauyaca Waterfall and El Pavon ("the stuck rock" waterfall).
  • There are several nearby National Parks, including Bahia Ballena (Whales Tail in Uvita), Manuel Antonio (the most popular tourist destination in Costa Rica), Chiripo (the tallest peak in Costa Rica of over 13,000 feet), Piedras Blancas National Park and Corcovado National Park (National Geographic has stated that Corcovado National Park is the most bio-diverse and bio-intense place on the planet).
  • White water rafting.  There are all sorts of levels for beginners to advanced to experience the white water rapids in the Osa Peninsula and surrounding area.

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  • Coffee and chocolate (cacao fruit) are a popular commodity in Costa Rica.  The environmental factors and climate of the mountains in Costa Rica are an ideal environment for growth of coffee and chocolate.  We can arrange a tour of a coffee plantation or a "make your own hot chocolate from cacao educational experience".
  • Yoga classes and retreats or massages, all led or performed by experienced leaders.
  • Surfing. Even if you've never surfed, we can line up a half-day of surfing with a professional, and if you don't get up and surf, you don't pay for the lesson. What an awesome guarantee!
  • Fishing: Deep-sea fishing or freshwater fishing: The southern pacific coast of Costa Rica is world-renown f

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  • or its diversity of fishing, including dorado, sailfish and tuna. We also know several locals that offer freshwater fishing options in the intercoastal waterways and rivers nearby. This is an entirely different type of fishing as there are no poles used. Simply a reel of fishing line, a hook with some bait and a sinker.
  • Golfing: There is one golf course in the Osa Peninsual and that is San Buenas Golf Resort.
  • Whale-watching and dolphin watching.
  • Turtle sanctuary.

Costa Rica Retreats...the ultimate Costa Rica (Learning) Experience

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The ultimate Costa Rica experience...explore, learn and enjoy!

With all of those activities to consider, beaches to visit and wildlife to observe, why not turn your trip to Costa Rica into a wonderful learning experience too? We also offer several week-long retreats throughout the year. We would like to promote our upcoming (July 2018), Costa Rica Photo Retreat (click here for details). This week long retreat takes place in the southern pacific area and includes daily teaching from a professional photographer, all lodging and most meals.

Please contact us if you are interested in an amazing itinerary to enjoy Osa and/or if you would like more information about our Costa Rica Photography Retreats or Costa Rica Writers' Retreats.

So, what are the best activities in Costa Rica - we have our opinion, but let us help you plan your next trip so you can have your own opinion (and we'd love for you to share it with us!).

Regardless of which option you choose.....don’t forget to bring your camera!

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