On Sunday we drove from Monteverde, pretty much due south to Uvita. The roads were quite windy at first, but paved the entire way. Overall an easy drive.
Our rental house is in a quirky neighborhood. It looks like our street was developed fairly recently by one developer — as Cassidy pointed out, it’s almost a bit like the gated retirement community where Marji and Ron live in Florida, but without the gate. Oh, and much smaller, no golf carts, and no alligators 🙂 Probably only about half of the small, manicured lots have houses on them, so there are maybe only 6-8 houses total on the street, which ends in a cul-de-sac.
Meanwhile, the ‘main road’ is a mish mosh collection of small modest motels & hostels, Costa Rican-style ‘campeos’ (campgrounds), and somewhat dilapidated houses next to small mom and pop farms. Quite a few of the motels and cafes seem closed, most likely due to COVID, and the whole area has a rather abandoned, unkept but authentic feel — in such contrast to the super modern homes on our street!
When you get to the end of the street (just a 5 minute walk), there is an entrance to the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. I would say this beach tops Playa Santa Teresa for pure natural beauty — it seems much more desolate and pristine, with tons of lush green palm trees lining the coastline as far as the eye can see, and hardly any people.
There are waves here for sure, but they are fairly gentle and super evenly spaced. And because the beach is so flat, the water stays pooled on the beach as the tide recedes. As a result, the reflections of both the palm trees and the sky in the wet sand are mind boggling. Check out this one of the double sky!
The one trick with having our main entry point be the entrance to the National Park is that we have encountered some challenges getting onto the beach when the park is technically closed. The park (and therefore the beach) closes at 4pm every day and is closed all day on Tuesdays (related to COVID). However, setting a bad example for Sierra, I easily scoped out another way onto the beach on Tuesday. The two of us took a quick dip in the ocean before the park guy on an ATV started kicking people off the beach. (Sierra was incensed.)
Early yesterday morning Sierra and I walked out to the Whale Tail – a long sandbar that you can only walk on at low tide and that is actually shaped like a whale’s tail (better appreciated from above — I’ll try to get that picture for a future blog!) It took us a good 45 minutes to get there, so we had to cool off in the ocean along the way. Wow – what a gorgeous walk, and so few people! The ripples in the sand are so cool, almost looks like pictures I’ve seen of the Sahara…
Last night we managed to see our first sunset on this beach. I thought for sure it was going to be a bust, as it was super cloudy right at 5pm. We couldn’t even tell where the sun was it was so cloudy! But just after the sun went down, the clouds in the West turned first pink, then coral, and then flaming orange. It was incredible, hard to capture in photos, but I tried!