Learn About Uvita Costa Rica – Visiting or Moving to Uvita Costa Rica

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Want to learn about Uvita Costa Rica? Uvita is nestled along Costa Rica’s breathtaking southern Pacific zone and there lies the charming town of Uvita (Uvita is pronounced Ooo-beat-ah). This hidden gem, known for its stunning beaches, laid-back atmosphere, and well known marino ballena national park, has becoming a favorite among travelers and potential residents seeking a slice of the pura vida life.

How to Get to Uvita Costa Rica from the Airport:

Uvita’ closest international airport is located in San Jose (SJO), approximately 3 hour drive by car/shuttle. Most people opt to rent a car in San Jose and take the scenic coastal route with all-weather, high-quality costanera highway.  You will see stunning coast lines and lush rainforests along the way with plenty of places to pull over an enjoy the incredible views and nature. Private shuttles, car rentals, and public buses are readily available for transportation from SJO to Uvita.  There are also a couple of regional airports – the closest being Quepos or Palmar Sur.  However, note that flights from SJO to Quepos and especially Palmar Sur are not super convenient at all times and only fly during the day with good weather, you can see details with Sansa airlines.

Essential Services in Uvita:

As you settle into Uvita, familiarize yourself with the essential services that cater to the needs of residents and visitors alike:

  • Grocery Stores: A medium and large sized local supermarkets stock daily essentials, fresh produce, and imported goods. Uvita also boasts a weekly farmer’s market, a vibrant hub for locally-sourced produce and artisanal crafts.

  • Restaurants: Food is good and available with all sorts of options – from casual beach adjacent bar/restaurants to bigger restaurants and really specialized restaurants such as international or specialty fair, Uvita offers an impressive variety to tantalize your taste buds.

  • Internet: Generally speaking Uvita has Internet pretty available.  Many cafes and restaurants offer Wi-Fi for on-the-go connectivity, while most accommodations provide internet access for guests. Generally there are a couple fiber optic options plus Starlink which is around $46/mo if you can avoid the trees.

  • Healthcare: Uvita has a couple doctors offices equipped to handle basic medical needs and visits with at least a half-dozen pharmacies. For more advanced medical care, hospitals are located in Quepos, Cortez and San Isidro plus Uvita has a pretty capable urgent care center.

  • ATMs and Banking: Uvita has a few ATMs and banks which will allow you to withdraw cash with your debit card. However, it’s recommended to carry some colones (₡), the local currency, for smaller purchases.

Beyond the Basics in Uvita:

Uvita offers a plethora of amenities beyond the essentials:

  • Activities: From surfing world-class waves to exploring hidden waterfalls and national parks, Uvita provides endless opportunities for adventure. Yoga studios, horseback riding tours, and cultural experiences are just a few ways to immerse yourself in the local way of life.

  • Services: Hairdressers, spas, doctor, attorneys, car repairs, and even massage therapists are available for your pampering needs.

  • Schools: While Uvita itself offers a strong international school scene plus there are a couple popular options plus nearby towns like Ojochal offer options for families with school-aged children.

Is Uvita Costa Rica a Safe Place to Buy & Live?

Uvita’ true charm lies in its laid-back atmosphere and vibrant community. Here, you’ll find friendly local Costa Ricans (Ticos) who embody the pura vida spirit, emphasizing simple living, connection with nature, and a deep appreciation for life’s simple pleasures.  The sense of family and positive vibes between local Costa Ricans and expats is strong, so that leads to safe community and a feeling that we are all in it together.  There are both high and low end homes available for Uvita Costa Rica real estate. Some expats prefer to live in gated communities, but this is not really necessary for most people, but the nice thing about gated communities is that they limit the number of people coming near your home, but ultimately the town is very safe and welcoming and generally speaking the little crime that does happen is typically petty crimes of opportunity and violent or gun crime is nearly non-existent.

Is Uvita Costa Rica Right for You?

Whether you’re seeking a permanent change of pace or a temporary escape, Uvita offers a unique blend of natural beauty, friendly faces, and convenient amenities. With its strategic location close to beaches, restaurants and essential services, Uvita caters to both short-term visitors and those seeking a more permanent pura vida lifestyle. So, come explore the wonders of Uvita, experience the warmth of its people, and discover if this hidden Costa Rican paradise might be your perfect place to unwind and embrace the pura vida way of life. Let us help you find the perfect home in Uvita Costa Rica.  Also, you can find a selection of Uvita Costa Rica real estate in various price ranges including homes for sale in Uvita under $250,000, homes for sale in Uvita under $300,000, homes for sale in Uvita under $400,000 & homes for sale in Uvita under $500,000

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