Beautiful Uvita

Located in Costa Rica, Central America, the Big Bamboo is in Uvita, on the Southern Pacific coast about 10 mile south of Dominical.

Costa Rica long ago ceased to be a secret. U.S. retirees have flocked to this country for its benign climate and stable government as well as the welcoming attitude of the Costa Ricans (the Ticos).

However, the Southern Pacific coast beyond Quepos and Manuel Antonio had remained in relative obscurity in part due to the bad condition of the roads. Recently improved roads now make it possible to reach the region by car in three-and-a-half hours through majestic scenery, placing this region on the brink of a development explosion.

Uvita is a small community but it has an unusual amount of amenities:

  • Four Banks
  • Three Supermarkets
  • Dental & Health Clinics
  • Bakery
  • Gas Station
  • Internet Cafe
  • Gym
  • Tilapia Farm
  • Veterinarian Facility
  • Construction Companies
  • Ample Lodging
  • Furniture Stores

Nearby Activities

In addition, Uvita has multiple outfitters capable of arranging excursions in surrounding national parks, natural waterfalls and reefs.

Some recommended excursions are:

  • Playa Hermosa for surfing
  • Playa Ventanas for amazing tunnels through the mountains
  • Playa Ballena for our whales’ tale and whale sightings
  • Osa Canopy for ziplines
  • Nauyaca waterfalls for amazing horseback tours
  • Manuel Antonio National Park for sloths and three types of monkeys
  • Cascada de Uvita for a local refreshing waterfall and we also have Pavón waterfall and Poza Azul waterfall
  • Caño Island for snorkeling expeditions

Nearby, Ojochal is famous for its upscale French style restaurants and Dominical has extensive entertainment and is a well-regarded location for the surfing circuit.


We recommend renting a car.  Many amazing attractions require transportation.  Our driver Gabriel can arrange transportation for up to 15 passengers but if you are a single traveler or a couple, renting a car is your best bet.  You will find that most places can be reached without the use of a 4×4 but if you plan to explore the views from the mountain you should rent one.  Visitors are usually unpleasantly surprised by the price of a rental.  Expect to pay $50 per day and have a hold placed on your card for incidentals for $300 to $800.  We recommend full insurance and that should lower the hold on your card.

When traveling South on the Costanera road (route 34) towards Panama, around kilometer marker 161 you will see a gas station on your right. Turn left onto a small road and we will be on the right.

De la Costanera primera entrada a Uvita frente a la Gasolinera, 400 metros Este (150 metros de Villas Don Memo) Uvita, Osa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Centroamerica.

The time is clearly now to visit Uvita!


  • Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, Uvita
  • reservations@bigbamboouvita.info
  • Local Phone: 8556 3885 and 2743 8033
  • US Phone: (240) 200 - 8129