Relaxing with the Whales: Costa Rica’s Bungalows Ballena & Playa Uvita

The front porch of Ballena Piloto, an apartment-style villa.

If you’re looking for an amazing place to stay in Uvita, Costa Rica, look no further than Villas Bungalows Ballena. Bungalows Ballena offers apartment-style- (2-4 people) and bungalow-style (5-8 people) villas, each with:

  • Air conditioning
  • Wireless internet
  • Satellite television
  • Hot water
  • Fully-equipped kitchens
The living room of a bungalow-style villa.
We arrived on July 4th, so of course we had to celebrate our patriotism–even thousands of miles away.
The kitchens were large, clean, and stocked with all the dishes, pots, pans, and cutlery you need

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to photograph the bedrooms before all of our luggage took over the rooms. But I can attest that they were indeed cozy and clean.

With all of our adventures outside, like zip-lining, horseback riding, and hiking, we were very grateful to have a place where we could come back and relax in the air conditioning.


The Grounds: Pool, Water Slide, and Waterfall

The shared grounds are safely enclosed with high security walls and feature:

  • A beautiful swimming pool
  • Waterfall
  • Water slide
  • Jacuzzi
  • Grills
  • Terrace and gazebo
  • Playground

Even if you’re traveling by yourself, you will definitely sleep with peace of mind.

When we weren’t sleeping or on a trip offsite, we were in the pool.
The deep end with submerged seating and the waterfall.
Seeing how many we could fit on the water slide.
The poolside gazebo featuring two grills.

Playa Uvita: The Beach Nextdoor

Should you decide to venture off the grounds (which I highly recommend), you are within easy walking distance of the Ballena Marine National Park in Playa Uvita. Featuring white sand beaches, palm and mangrove trees, and mountain views, this beach is breathtaking. Who knows, you may even see some whales breaching nearby in the crystal blue water (namesake: “whale” in Spanish is “ballena”).

Whether you feel like horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, or just sunbathing, Playa Uvita is the picture-perfect place!

And, bonus, there are relatively few tourists, so the beach won’t be very crowded!

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