Punta Uva, #1 Beach in Costa Rica - Trip Advisor

Punta Uva is a small coastal town in the province of Limón. It is popular with surfers and backpackers. Clear water, coconut palms, great surf, and a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere make Punta Uva a favorite among travelers. A glamorous, secluded beach getaway of palm trees and endless Instagrams. Like Tulum, Punta Uva is destined to be a favorite amongst the fashion set.

Tropical forest surrounds the village and palm trees line the beach, adding to Punta Uva’s natural beauty. Travelers can glimpse spectacular wildlife in Cahuita National Park or the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, which border the town to its north and south, respectively. Just bordering Punta Uva visitors will discover the sublime beaches of Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and the town of Puerto Viejo.

Formerly a small fishing village, Punta Uva’s neighbor, Puerto Viejo has grown rapidly in recent years. Avid surfers, drawn to the famous Salsa Brava waves, have made Puerto Viejo a hotspot on the surfing circuit. The center of town now has many souvenir and surf shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and tour companies. True to its beach location and Caribbean ambiance, bikes and pedestrians dominate road traffic along the coastal roads.

With its blend of Afro-Caribbean descendants, expat Europeans and indigenous Costa Ricans (“ticos”), Puerto Viejo charms visitors with a unique mix of people and cultures. Rastafari culture has a firm foothold in the town, and many Rastas sell handmade jewelry and other wares along the town’s vibrant roadside.

The main road between the villages is paved, and almost perfectly flat - perfect for cycling. Beachfront cabins, restaurants and shops line the street almost all the way to Manzanillo. There are beautiful birds, butterflies and animals to be seen. Look out for monkeys and sloths in the trees alongside the road as you cycle or walk.

Black and white sand beaches extend for miles; they are wide and often deserted, offering stretches ideal for walking and sunbathing. Snorkeling is excellent when the water is calm, and nearby Cahuita and Manzanillo are home to beautiful, living coral reefs that provide some of the best snorkelling in Costa Rica. The beaches are gorgeous, but like everywhere in Central America, watch out for those riptides.

Rent a bike: Expect to pay $5 (US) per day.

Surf: Puerto Viejo is home to some of Costa Rica’s most legendary surf competitions.

Jaguar Rescue Center: Animal rescue and rehabilitation center and wildlife sanctuary.

Volio Waterfall: Located near the town of Bribri and in the Bribri Indian Reservation in the Talamancan montane forests. Many companies offer tours, but you can also drive.

Bocas del Toro: Located on the northern Caribbean coast of Panama is the magical destination of Bocas del Toro.

Refugio de Gandoca de Manzanillo: the beauty of this refuge is incredible - it contains forest, lagoons, coral reefs and white sand beaches and is one of the most exotic places on the entire South Caribbean coast.

Fishing: The Caribbean ocean offer many fishing experiences for the novice and expert alike.

Snorkeling: Enjoy endless beaches with complex reef ecosystems.

Adventure Tours: Zipline or hike your way through Costa Rica’s forest.

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