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Calm Protected Waters, Nature Always Close at Hand

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The quiet beach at Punta Uva is known for its calm reef protected water and white sand. This is a great place to bring the kids to swim. It is 8.5 km (about 5 miles) from downtown Puerto Viejo so appeals to those looking for a quieter spot to spend their vacation. Most of the area is located within the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge so nature viewing opportunities are abundant with monkies, sloths and many types of birds common sights.

The area does have a big variety of hotels and vacation homes, mostly from the midrange up to luxury options. There is a supermarket and a good selection of restaurants. For supplies beyond groceries you'll need to head into Puerto Viejo. Transport options between Punta Uva and Puerto Viejo include the local bus (running hourly or less during daylight hours), bicycle (most hotels rent bicycles), taxi and car. Check the local transport page for more details.

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Hotels

Awa Beach Boutique Hotel

Hotel at Punta Uva on the beach. Adults-only accommodation with a bar, a garden and a terrace. Rooms with A/C, sea or garden view.
 +506 2759 9180
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 Average room rate: $250
 Average rating: 98 Exceptional
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Cabinas Punta Uva

Located within a tropical garden, are these four cabins, with ample terraces, equipped with hot water, fan, refrigerator, etc. There is a ranchito in front of the beach with kitchen and dining room for use of guests.
 +506 2759 9180
 Average room rate: $120
 Average rating: 88 Excellent
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La Ceiba Nature Reserve

42 Ha (104 acre) tropical rainforest reserve within the Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge associated with the Jaguar Rescue Centre. The purpose of the reserve is conservation to prevent these forests from disappearing with all the biological wealth they contain. The reserve is financed solely from the owner's resources and the revenue generated by visitors and researchers who visit. Offers overnight accommodation at La Ceiba House and Ilan Ilan House as well as tours.
 +506 2750 0710
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 Average room rate: $100
 Average rating: 97 Exceptional
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Pachamama Jungle River Lodge

Just 250 meters from beautiful Punta Uva Beach, riverside on Rio Ernesto, Pachamama is nestled in the heart of the jungle. Accommodation options are 3 comfortable Villas (for 2 up to 6 people) and 2 jungle Bungalows (up 3 people). All the accommodations are with ceiling fan, mosquito net, hot water, fully equipped kitchen, safe and private terrace with hammocks and adirondacks. Free Services included: WiFi, breakfast served on your private terrace, bicycles, private parking.
 +506 2759 9196
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 Average room rate: $110
 Average rating: 86 Very Good
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Sol De Nit

Suites with private bath and TV. Some with A/C. Shared kitchen. Four bedroom house also available to rent.
 +506 8478 4432
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 Average rating: 72 Good
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Vacation Rentals

Big Tree Wildlife Refuge

Nine acre property with two luxurious vacation rental home on the edge of the virgin rainforest where guests are immersed in an intense experience of wildlife and energy all in the comforts of tropical accommodations. Villa Macaw is a 3 bedroom/3.5 bath oceanview villa which sleeps up to 10. Villa Toucan is a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom oceanview villa which sleeps up to four.
 +506 8879-9191
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 Average room rate: $125
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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Bungalows Punta Uva

Two and three bedroom luxury vacation rentals set around a pool and club house. Each villa with equipped kitchen, living room, A/C in bedrooms, TV, laundry. Eden Beach restaurant and Tiki Bar on the property.
 +506 4000 0831
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 Average room rate: $400
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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Casa de la Musa

This newly-renovated Caribbean house right on the beach in Punta Uva has private beach access. The house has 2 bedrooms with air conditioning, 2 full bathrooms, kitchen with new appliances, hot water, screened-in breezy deck overlooking the ocean, beautiful gardens, wi-fi, and numerous other amenities. Sleeps up to 4 people.
 +1 719 487 5558
 Average room rate: $150
 Average rating: 98 Exceptional
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Casa Matix

Caribbean style 3 bedroom house on a private beachfront estate. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Caribbean home on raised stilts with an open kitchen and 2 spacious terraces, steps from the beach. House for 6 people.
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 Average room rate: $175
 Average rating: 86 Very Good
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Casa Tres Monos

Three Monkeys House is a 3 bedroom house located in a lush jungle garden setting near Punta Uva. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound right from your deck! For nature lovers only.
 USA +1 707-986-7880
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 Average room rate: $125
 Average rating: 86 Very Good
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Casa Viva

Beachfront property located in the heart of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge with 600 ft. frontage on Punta Uva beach with palms, golden sand and safe swimming. 10 acres landscaped with a botanical garden. Houses with 2 bedrooms, verandas, kitchens. Suite with 1 bedroom, balcony, kitchen. Studio with a queen bed and a single bed, balcony.
 +506 2750 0089
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 Average room rate: $175
 Average rating: 94 Excellent
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Ginger and Cacao

Three vacation rental homes: Villa Ginger, Villa Cacao and The White Cottage. Each house in the property has its own space and privacy each with fully equipped kitchen, WiFi and TV/cable. Villa Cacao has 1 bedroom, 2 baths; has ocean and jungle views from all rooms and sleeps up to four. Villa Ginger is nested in the jungle, has two bedrooms with queen size beds and one full bathroom. The White Cottage is next to the pool and has ocean views from large verandas. All houses share the pool area. The whole property can be rented for groups of up to 10.
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 Average room rate: $120
 Average rating: 95 Exceptional
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Los Proyectos Moderno

A fully equipped modern villa nestled in lush jungle 15 mins from Punta Uva Beach. Perched on a secluded 2-acre lot and surrounded by infinite pristine nature, LPM is a pool getaway of palm trees and endless Instagrams tucked away in the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife reserve. There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, terrace, kitchen and more.
 Average room rate: $100
 Average rating: 93 Excellent
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Olguita's Place

2 storey vacation rental home with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen. Quiet location right off the beach.
 +506 8301 4989
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 Average room rate: $85
 Average rating: 90 Excellent
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Studio Coral

This comfortable studio is just a few steps away from the fantastic beach of Punta Uva. It has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, fully equipped outdoors kitchen, a relaxing terrace, AC and WiFi. House for 2 people.
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 Average room rate: $95
 Average rating: 85 Very Good
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Villas Coralina

Just a few steps away from the Punta Uva beach, this property has three units: a 1 br/1 ba studio and two side-by-side houses each with 2 br/1 ba. Each unit has a equipped kitchen, wifi and A/C.
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 Average room rate: $130
 Average rating: 95 Exceptional
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Restaurants

Arrecife Hotel y Restaurante

Restaurant & bar right off Punta Uva beach. They also rent cabinas. Restaurant specializes in local Afro-Caribbean dishes and Mediterranean food.
 +506 2759 9200
 Average rating: 77 Good
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Eden Beach Punta Uva

Beach bar & restaurant located just steps from the water’s edge in Punta Uva. Open daily from 8 AM to nightfall for breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea time and snacks. Large and bright ranchito bar and bamboo beds with shade on the sandy beach. The also offer lockers for rent while you visit Punta Uva and rent a casita nearby.
 +506 6152 4793, 8409 3894
 Average rating: 94 Excellent
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El Refugio Grill

Small and intimate Argentinian restaurant. For dinner there is a simple menu that changes daily usually with steak, seafood and pasta. At lunch it is called Burger Stop with quicker, simpler fare.
 +506 2759 9007
 Average rating: 98 Exceptional
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Selvin's Restaurant and Cabinas

Restaurant serving fresh local food and basic cabanas.
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 Average rating: 87 Very Good
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Supermarkets and Other Groceries

Super Punta Uva

Local store for the area. Serves locals and tourists. Groceries, beer, wine, fruits and veggies, meat, souvenirs.
 Average rating: 82 Very Good
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Vida Sana Panadería y Hostal

Bakery which makes fresh bread from all natural ingredients available at the bakery mornings and also at various local stores. Offers hostel and private rooms also. The adjoining restaurant they used to operate is now separately run as Tostas.
 +506 8595 0626
 Average rating: 86 Very Good
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Tours and Activities

Green Water SUP Tours

Tour company combining the popular sport of stand-up paddle boarding while exploring the Southern Caribbean and its natural beauty. They offer paddle boarding tours and lessons on the Caribbean Sea and nearby rivers. Lessons, tours down the river or surfing fun point breaks. Located in the same building as Punta Uva dive Center.
 +506 8844 4432, 2759 9191
 Average rating: 90 Excellent
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Punta Uva Dive Center

Scuba diving tours, PADI courses and equipment. Open seasonally as reef conditions allow. Located in same office as Green Water SUP Tours. There's also a small cafe for drinks and food.
 +506 8844-4432
 Average rating: 82 Very Good
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