I just got back from Costa Rica, where I went to Uvita and stayed at the Tucan Hotel. If you are looking for an unspoiled, beautiful beach, Uvita is amazing! You won't find any beach mega resorts here - just miles of sand and surf almost all to yourself.
I stayed at the Tucan Hotel (actually more of a hostel), which has just been bought by an awesome guy named Tra (pronounced Tray) McPeak. It was just wonderful! There is a range of rooms, from an airconditioned room with private bath for $25 per night to a shared "dorm" room (also with AC or fan) with shared bath for $8 per night per person (great if you're traveling by yourself!). The rooms are in two long buildings facing each other across a covered courtyard, with plenty of hammocks and tables, and a bar at one end that serves whatever you want to mix up and some pretty good food. It attracts an eclectic mix of travelers, and you're sure to find someone interesting to talk to. There are also a number of locals that hang out there, from ticos to transplanted Americans. There is a notebook of tour operators and tours to help you arrange your activities. Tra is great and will help you in any way he can.
There is a scarlet macaw that often hangs out in the carambola (starfruit) tree in back, and Ronnie, the Costa Rican manager, will give you a night time nature tour looking for all sorts of nocturnal creatures. You can also walk 15 minutes from the hotel to some beautiful, refreshing waterfalls.
The Tucan is actually about a 45 minute walk from the beach (there are hotels and cabinas closer to the beach, but none actually on it), which is actually a national park - admission $6 and well worth it. The walk is a lot of fun, and you'll get to know some of the ticos that live along the road. Orlando sells jewelry and other trinkets, and plays a mean game of chess.
For great food at great prices, try El Viajero at the cross roads (about 50 yards from Tucan). Cuca, who lives about 50 yards further up the road from Tucan, has a stable of horses and will give horseback tours for great prices, up into the mountains and ending with a canter on the beach. I also highly recommend a boat tour with Ballena Tours, on the beach road right before you get to the beach - they are terrific.
If you google Tucan and Uvita, you will find the website. If you go, say hi to Tra for me!
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