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Location: between Chiquita and Grande beaches in Limon, Costa Rica.
Punta Uva Beach GPS Coordinates: 9.636132, -82.699740 (9°38’10.07″N, 82°41’59.06″W)
District: Cahuita, canton: Talamanca, province: Limon.
Zone postal code: 70403.
Punta Uva beaches are considered among the most beautiful in the world, and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, characterized by its golden sands and crystal blue water with gentle waves, an amazing presence of coral reefs along its coast and surrounded by lush tropical forest, located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, just 7.2 kilometers from Puerto Viejo and 4.7 kilometers from Manzanillo in the province of Limón.
Punta Uva beach is a semi-bay type, which coast has two beaches separated by a headland called “Punta Uva”, hence its name, making it ideal for swimming in its calm waters, or to practice some diving, snorkeling, fishing from the edge of the reef and some beach games. There are tours to see wildlife in this nature reserve as monkeys, toucans, sloths and iguanas, as well as some marine tours, ideal for watching dolphins and manatees, which are almost extinct in Costa Rica, which will make your visit to Punta Uva unforgettable.
The town of Punta Uva is a small community with a few hotels and restaurants, known for the friendliness of its people. Importantly, part of Punta Uva beach is within the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, dedicated to protect the coral reef and the lowlands of the southern Caribbean coastal region of Costa Rica, which has allowed preserve the natural beauty and flora and fauna. The shelter itself is a paradise for nature lovers, thanks to the great variety of marine life with lots of tropical fish that can be seen near the coral reef.
Getting to Punta Uva Beach in Talamanca, Limon:
From San José
From the Juan Santamaria International Airport drive for about 8 km towards to San Jose, on your right you should see the Hospital Mexico, take the exit to your right, to La Uruca (on the roundabout, the third exit). Turn right at the traffic lights and continue to San José (keep on the middle lane as much as possible) until you get to a gas station at a Y-junction, keep left. Take the exit to Guapiles-Limon and follow the road #32 to Limón, passing through the Zurqui bridge and the Braulio Carrillo mountains. It is likely that you will encounter fog and rain. Please drive with your lights on. After the mountains the road to Limon is practically straight with no hills.
When you reach Puerto Limon, just before you enter the city, at a gas station you should take the exit on your right, following the road signs to Cahuita and Puerto Viejo, and continue along the coast road to Puerto Viejo for about 60 km (37 miles). Once in Puerto Viejo, follow the road for about 8.5 km (5 miles), you will pass through the communities of Puerto Viejo, Cocles and Chiquita until you reach Punta Uva Beach.
Please note that if you have not left San Jose by 2 pm you will be driving part of the way at night. We do not recommend this for first time travelers driving in Costa Rica. Roads do not have lines, rain can be bad, lighting is poor and there are potholes and there could be people walking/cycling, which may be unseen.
You can take a bus from the route San José – Manzanillo (Autotransportes MEPE S.A., 2257-8129 / 2758-1572), making the stop at Punta Uva Beach entrance, which takes about 5.5 hours. We recommend buying the ticket a day earlier to secure your space. This bus runs only once a day and is at noon.
You can also take a bus from the route San José – Puerto Viejo (Autotransportes MEPE S.A., 2257-8129 / 2758-1572) which takes about 4.5 hours which has several departures, and then take a taxi to Punta Uva Beach.
You can also take a flight from the Juan Santamaria Airport to the Limon airport, either with Sansa or Nature Air airlines every day. From here you can take a taxi or rent a car and drive or to Punta Uva beach, which takes about 50 minutes.