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We are a little family of four
currently living in the beautiful country of Costa Rica sharing our adventures, activities and fun
places to eat.

Enjoy your stay.

Southern Pacific Coast

Southern Pacific Coast

RESTAURANTS

  • The Charter | Look for the Boa Constrictor, playground & pool! 

  • Phat Noodle

  • Cafe Mono Congo

  • Tortilla Flats

  • Del Mar Taco Shop | Taco Tuesday at 1000 colones each

  • Villas Rio Mar | Pool, tennis, golf, fuseball, pool & playground! 

  • Bar Jolly Roger

  • Por Que No

  • La Parcela | Walk out to Sunset Point

  • The Dome

  • Beehive

  • Al Chile Que Si

  • Pizza Time | Great pizza & easy to order for pick up.

  • Lone Star BBQ

  • Maracuyá

  • SIBU | Easy to order pizza pick up & it’s connected to the gelato place

  • Baker Bean

  • La Fogata | Wood-fired chicken

  • ‘Churchill’ Soda

  • Hotel Cristal Ballena | Pool! 

  • Marina Ballena Restaurant

  • Restaurant Tilapia

  • Pancito Cafe

  • Ballena Bistro | Liz is the sweetest & she’ll teach you how to use a machete!

  • Roca Verde

  • Vista Ballena | Ask Walter about fishing.

  • Soda Vargas | Bring cash for a typical breakfast

  • Restaurante y Bar Fusión

RESTAURANTS WE WANT TO TRY | ANY RECS? PLEASE COMMENT!

  • Rum Bar | Live music & Tuna Taco Tuesday

  • Cuna de Ángel

  • Charros Soda in Tinamaste

  • ConFusione in Domilocos Hotel

  • Exotica | Expensive, but a favorite.

  • Citrus | Reservations a must.

  • Ylang Ylang

  • Mamma e Papa | Delicious homemade pizzas and pastas, served in a beautiful home setting overlooking the river valley.

  • Three Sixty Hotel | Adults only and positioned just right for the daily sunset

  • Flutterby House | Go on Wednesdays so the kids can attend a Capoeria class or we heard it’s amazing for breakfast.

  • Bamboo Room | Live music every night of the week.

  • Mosaic Wine Bar

  • Brad’s Tacos in Domincal | Taco Tuesday for 1000 colones each

  • Patron’s | Tuesdays 1/2 off

  • House of Ginger

  • Rancho Cielo Alto | Reservations required.

  • Azul at El Castillo | Views of the Pacific coast

  • La Mona Grita | Fast internet and TVs. Friday nights are for fiestas, with DJ Fabian playing dance music nearly every weekend & Taco Tuesdays

  • Terraba | Steaks, Caesar salads, and fresh fish are the fan favorites here.

  • The Lookout | Come for the sunset.

  • Fabrizio’s Pizza | A local hangout for pizza and his wood-fired oven. Saturday oven-roasted chicken for take-home.

  • Sud Lounge| Lounge music fun.

  • Fiesta del Mar | Open every day from 6am.

  • Villas Gaia | Latin

ACCOMMODATIONS WE'VE STAYED IN | ANY RECS? PLEASE COMMENT!

GROCERIES

  • Mama Toucans | Organic Market & Deli 

  • Super Dominical | There is an ATM here.

  • Supermercado el Pacifico | There is an ATM at the BCR which is next door.

  • BM | Wine!

  • Sura | You will find all her own organic produce! It’s where I also snag my antibiotic and hormone free whole chicken! Look for the big pineapple and drive down that road!

  • Beer | That small store on the left up the BCR road heading towards the mountains + Fuego Brewery + Whale's Tale Brewery

  • Drive past Villas Rio Mar | Buy some fresh snook!

FARMER’S MARKETS
These are a must! They all differ and we highly suggest you try them all!

  • Tuesday - Feria Tinamastes

  • Wednesday - El Mercado Feria in Bahia Ballena | Next to the playground in Uvita!

  • Thursday - San Isidro Feria | Largest market in the country!

  • Friday - Eco Feria Camino Real Dominical

  • Saturday - Uvita Feria | Behind Uvita Christian Academy

WHERE WE WORK | OUR ‘OTHER’ OFFICE

CAR ISSUES

  • Uvita - Centro Lantern del Sur

TOURS

  • Costa Canyoning | Waterfall repelling.

  • Call our buddy Pepe - he will help ya out with anything you need! He owns Spicy Life Hot Sauce where the money goes to the kids (he literally gives them a bit so they get rewarded for their hard work, but also learn about giving and being of service to the community) for a beach clean up program! His mama also runs a tasty vegan ice cream biz, Sumba! He fishes!

  • Quad Tours | Tell Richard from Monkey Ride you friends of ours! 

  • Kayak + SUP tours!

  • CostaRica.com

  • Canopy Tours | Hacienda Barú + Osa Canopy Tour

  • Bird Watching | Cristal Ballena Hotel + Terraba Sierpe + Oro Verde + Los Cosingos + Ballena Island and Three Sisters Rock are great places for birdwatching.

BEACHES

  • Whale & Dolphin Tours in the Marino Ballena National Park | Festival is 1/2 price during the whale festival! Check out the famous Whale Tail during low tide , you can walk to the tip. Foreign tourists pay $ 6 at the park entrance. Save your receipt for same day visits to  Colonia ,  Ballena ,  Arco  and  Piñuelas beaches. Our suggestion is go early in the morning at low tide and head north - it’s heaven!

  • Playa Domincal | Surf is hairy! Respect the water at this beach! But it is a great place to watch the waves, walk the river and grab a bite to eat.

  • Playa Dominicalito | Go for an amazing walk or run during low tide. Bring the right shoes and walk out to Tree Island (south side) or up to the rock & palms (north side). If you time it right (timing = 2 hours on either side of low tide): Try Parcela for food or a drink break to the south or Por Que No to the north. There is also parking near Por Que No if you packed your own cooler or are just stopping by to climb the big rock. Surf is great during high tide. Look for the trees painted white and/or ask a local where the sandy areas are so you don't hit the rocks.

  • Playa Chaman / Colonial | Great beach for kids! It’s south of the Whale’s Tail.

  • Playa ‘Roca Verde’ | Super south side of Domi. You can walk there or drive down between the two green poles north of the Re/Max office and park. Lots of rocks to climb and beach made jungle forts to play in! RESPECT the rip current at this beach! Pay attention to direction changes in the water, foamy stuff, etc… Study up or just bring a book to sit back and read or go for walk down Domi - especially if you have little ones. You can also have dinner at Roca Verde Restaurant!

  • Playa Ballena

  • Playa Arco

  • Playa Ventanas | Go during low tide to check the caves! Good beach for the kids!

  • Playa Piñuela

  • Playa Hermosa | One step below Domi w/ surfing but probably best to stick to Chaman & Dominicalito for surf!

  • Secret Beach or Playa Linda | 11km past the river to Quepos. Turn by 2 cell towers on beach side.

  • Playa Torguga | Check out the turtles!

WATERFALLS

  • Bijagual waterfall (north of Jaco)

  • Pozo Azul Waterfall | The one by our house. WM have been here! You can swim here! Has a fun rope swing!

  • Catarata Pavon (Waterfall) | In Ojochal! No hiking involved. WM have been here & you can swim here! There is a Tilapia restaurant up by the Pavon Waterfall, however, we highly suggest driving back down the mountain a kilometer or so and there is another place called Restaurant Tilapia. Here you will another hidden waterfall, yummy tilapia. It’s worth a stop! They also have one of the oldest Ceibo trees in Costa Rica!

  • Catarata Verde (Uvita Waterfall) | WM have been here! Fun to run around and climb on all the rocks. Marynn is going to want to slide down the waterfall - don’t let her - but you can watch the others! There is a soda at the entrance to grab lunch!

  • More Waterfalls | Nauyaca Waterfall (Horse tours available) + Eco Chontales + La Raiz + Baru + Diamante + San Luis

HIKES WE’VE TRIED | ANY RECS? PLEASE COMMENT!

  • Hike / Run from Mono Congo up the gravel road along side the Rio Barú passing by Villas Rio Mar. It’s shady most of the way!

  • A run from the Dominicalito Soccer Field up through Marina Vista 

  • A run from Playa Dominicalito to Roca Amancio - you have to come up by Por Que No and run on the highway for a bit, but then come back town by the two green poles. Or ark at the end of the road that is marked by Costa Paraiso just north of Re/Max. Climb up the path to the largest rock for a view.

  • A jungle run above Unit #35 in Canto del Mar

FUN STUFF

  • Reptilandia

  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Reserva Boruca

  • Reserva Ngobe

  • Exploring the archaeological remains or the indigenous (Huetar) burial sites w/in Parque Nacional Carara.

  • Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge | canopy, hiking, waterfall, etc..

  • Checking out the spheres!

  • Sierpe Mangrove Tour | Good Time Charlie highly recommends this tour!

  • Surf Lessons | Dylan w/ Sunset Surf or Pepe

  • Esferas de Pierda, Finca 6

  • Rafting | Rio Savegre + Manuel Antonio

  • Rancho la Merced | Horse Riding next to kid’s school.

  • Fishing | Offshore & Inshore (inshore runs about $65/hour for 4 people)

  • Beach Camping | Is allowed only in Colonia and Piñuelas, bonfires and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Park.

DAY TRIPS

  • North | Manuel Antonio, the bike zip line, Jaco…

  • South | Osa, The Lookout Inn, Corcovado National Park, Isla del Caño | Option: Snorkeling, Diving, Pavones, etc…

  • East | San Isidro, Hacienda Alta Gracia, etc…

LOCAL ADULT FUN

LOCAL KID FUN

EASTERN & WESTERN MEDICAL PLUS A BIT OF PAMPERING

  • Chiropractor | Kais | 8706-9884 | Gives an amazing adjustment & has a decompression table. He’s also located on Cabinas Gato row.

  • The Art of Healing | Cabinas los Gatos

  • Reflexology & Acupuncture are also available on Cabinas Gato row | Ask Kais for help in scheduling.

EMERGENCIES

  • Uvita Ambulance | 2743-8888

  • Quepos | Regional Hospital | 2777-0922 

  • San Jose | Cima Hospital Escazu | 2208-1144

  • San Isidro | Hospital Escalante Pradilla | 2771-3122

  • Osa (Cortez) | Regional Hospital | 2788-8192

  • Emergencies | 911

  • Policia Dominical | 2787-0011

  • Policia Turistica Dominical | 2787-0243

  • Policia Ojochal | 2786-5661

  • Policia Uvita | 2743-8538

GETTING HERE

  • Drive | It’s only a 3 hour drive from San Jose!

  • Fly | Book a Sansa flight into Quepos ($66)

  • Ferry | We still want to explore more of Southern Nicoya and plan on hopping on the ferry one day very soon! 

Uvita Restaurant | Al Chile Que Si

Uvita Restaurant | Al Chile Que Si