Uvita is home to the Bahia Ballena National Park. The famous whales tale makes this beach so special. You can either whale and dolphin watch, snorkel, surf (small waves) or go horseback riding or just enjoy the beautiful scenario. The beach is also great for swimming as there are no dangerous ripe tides and huge waves. Small rivers go into the ocean, where kids love to play. There are some great local restaurants by the beach, and you can also camp there. There is a small fee to be paid to enter.
A friend of ours - Georg - offers great ultra light flights! Its a very unique way of seeing the country. "Jorge" - a native German - is a truely unique character. Visit his airport on the right side of the Costanera going south, right after the last big supermarket and the second entrance to Bahia Ballena. His website is www.ultralighttours.com.
If you do not like bugs, then costa rica is probably not such a great place to visit. There are tones of them, and we actually think that is pretty cool. Especially, during the green season (April - August) and rainy season (September to early December), you will see the most interesting creatures outside but sometimes also inside the house. So, make sure you know this before booking your flight :-)
Our caretaker Gumercindo has been working for us since 2005. He has a great sense of humour and is very open minded. We call him Gumer, and really the property would not be the same without his hard work and great gardening. He will be able to tell you what fruits are ripe right now and when to best plant what. The photo below shows him with his current girlfriend Cecilia, who likes to sing very loudly and not really well :-)
There are 2 or 3 international car rental companies in Uvita (budget, alamo, and I believe hertz). However, if you want long-term cheap rates, than look for Tricolor Car Rental (http://www.tricolorcarrental.com/) and Adobe Rent a Car (http://www.adobecar.com/) out of San Jose. Adobe Car even offers additional discounts if you become one of their friends on their facebook website. A friend has rented from Adobe several times, and she has been very happy with their value and service. For long term rates, the most basic 4WD starts at $20 per day!
My friend Sylvia offers concierge services to people renting houses in our region. It's a great way to let someone else organize and book your activities, reservations etc. She can also coordinate massages right here at Casa Verde or beauty treatments. Just let us know when you book that you want to get in touch with her, and we will send you her contact infos.
this is just a beautiful picture from my friend photographer Ilse Lahofer flying over the south pacific coast of costa rica....
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The other day, I went to the city aquarium in
Vienna (Haus des Meeres), and found that my 4,5 year old son was most fascinated not by the sharks or sting rays but by the displayed leaf cutter ants (don’t ask me why these are in the aquarium and not terrarium). I explained to him that these are the same animals that we have in millions if not billions in our properties in Costa Rica.
Leaf cutter ants are truly fascinating. And although, most people in Costa Rica (usually foreigners) will kill them with many different ways of poisoning, we have let them live in our properties, simple because their fascinating being and behavior is one part why we fell in love with Costa Rica. They do cut the leaves of our few hundred hibiscus plants, which we planted around the borders of the land continuously, but they are just as cool as a beautiful hibiscus fence might have been. To read more about them, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaf_cutter_ants.
Best known for its great surfing, playa Dominical is popular amongst the surfers and surf groupies. Its very beautiful and great for single surfers as there are always life guards at duty. Due to big waves and strong rip tides, the water is not recommended fir swimming and for kids. Get a drink at Tortilla Flats and sit on the beach for amazing sunsets.
One of our favorite things to eat in Costa Rica is fresh ceviche (Parcela Restaurant aka The Point and Ceviche Place next to Ventana Beach) and fish. YOu can get great fresh fish at the fish shop in Dominicalito (on your left side when coming from Dominical). The shop is located across the entrance from La Parcela restaurant. Its very inexpensive and delicious. YOu may also catch your own fish on one of the great fishing tours offered.