Romantic Getaways in Uvita: Plan Your Perfect Couple’s Retreat

Romantic Getaways in Uvita: Plan Your Perfect Couple’s Retreat

Discover romantic getaways in Uvita. In this installment, we highlight things you can plan and do for the best romantic experience in Uvita.

Nestled along the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Uvita offers an idyllic escape for couples looking to rekindle romance in a tropical paradise. For us, Uvita encapsulates everything Costa Rica stands for—immersion in nature, untouched beaches, enchanting waterfalls, surfing, and wildlife spotting—all delivered with a relaxed vibe that is distinctly different from the more commercialized tourist centers to the north.

Amongst this picturesque setting lies Vayu Retreat Villas, a sanctuary designed to provide privacy, luxury, and uninterrupted intimacy amidst the lush jungles of Costa Rica. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon, or just a much-needed retreat, Uvita and Vayu Retreat Villas provide the perfect backdrop for making unforgettable memories together.


Beautiful Couple enjoying the beauty of Vayu Retreat Villas salt water pool while sharing a kiss on a romantic getaway
Enjoy the magic of Costa Rica

Discovering Uvita: A Hidden Gem

Uvita is renowned for its stunning landscapes that blend the Costa Rican jungle’s lush greenery with the Pacific Ocean’s expansive blue. This small, unspoiled town is part of the larger Ballena Coast, known for its pristine beaches and the famous Whale’s Tail (more below!) reef formation visible at low tide. A visit here isn’t just a vacation; it’s an invitation to experience nature’s magnificence in a quiet, less commercialized setting.

Vayu Retreat Villas: Your Private Paradise

Vayu Retreat Villas stands out as one of the best resorts in Costa Rica for couples. Each suite offers:


  • Secluded Settings: Nestled within the heart of the jungle, each suite ensures complete privacy, where couples can enjoy their time together without interruptions.
  • Salt Water Pool: Dive into the refreshing waters of our eco-friendly saltwater pool, designed to provide a gentle, chemical-free experience.
  • Expansive Jungle Views: The villas are positioned to offer panoramic views of the lush surroundings, making every moment a visual feast. The position of the resort is perfect for a visual and sensory experience as the jungle comes alive with a variety of birds and sometimes monkeys that visit our hotel.
  • Private Spa Services: Indulge in bespoke spa treatments delivered in the comfort and privacy of your suite, crafted to relax and rejuvenate both body and mind.

Read our Review in BlinkCo Magazine


A beautiful couple hugging at Vayu Retreat Villas, the perfect place for couples to enjoy a romantic stay in Uvita Costa Rica
Couple enjoying the lush jungle of Costa Rica at Vayu Retreat Villas

Activities for Couples in Uvita

The charm of Uvita lies in its variety of activities that can cater to anyone’s tastes, from adventurous spirits to those who prefer serene relaxation.

Whether you’re trekking through magnificent national parks beneath towering volcanoes, surfing the soft waves along pristine sandy beaches, or observing Costa Rica’s remarkable wildlife, there’s an abundance of activities to enjoy all year round.


We put together a few things you can consider doing to get the most out of your stay in this part of Costa Rica


Romantic Sunset Walks on the Beach

Which appeared first: the whale or the whale tail?

In Uvita, we encounter a fascinating example of nominative determinism. Indeed, humpback whales journey to these warm waters for mating and birthing. However, during low tides in this slice of paradise, something extraordinary occurs—the waters recede to unveil a formation strikingly reminiscent of a whale tail.


Areal of the whale tail in Mario Ballena Park


This isn’t an actual whale’s tail, although that might be less surprising. Instead, it’s a stretch of sand that extends to a formation of rocks which, when viewed from above, strikingly mirrors the shape of a whale’s tail.

Did this natural spectacle draw the majestic whales to this locale centuries ago? Or, perhaps, did the landscape evolve to mirror the shapes observed in the ocean’s depths? Or could it simply be a delightful stroke of fate, a serendipitous twist crafted by nature?


Uvita whale tail

Whatever the origin, Uvita’s ‘Whale Tail’ is a renowned landmark in Costa Rica, located on Uvita Beach. At ground level, its distinctive shape is not visible, and capturing its full splendour usually requires a drone since there’s no raised platform available for a better view.

Nonetheless, the Whale Tail area on Uvita Beach is among the most picturesque spots. We strongly suggest taking a stroll there, ideally as close to sunset as possible. During this time, the sky’s deep pinks and purples dramatically transform the scenery, making it a breathtaking experience. To capture the Whale Tail at its most striking, aiming for two hours before low tide is widely considered the optimal time.

You can locate the Uvita Whale Tail on Google Maps here.


Sunset Horseback Riding

Gallop alongside your partner with organized tours that take you through picturesque trails and along the beach where you can spot monkeys, sloths and macaw parrots.

This activity combines adventure with the opportunity to witness stunning sunsets from a unique vantage point, and certainly romantic.


Catching the Sunset in Uvita

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Uvita is one of the premier locations in Latin America for whale watching, and if conditions are right on the water, it could provide one of the most unforgettable moments of your travels and add to your romantic holiday in Uvita.

The first time we heard the song of a humpback whale, followed by the awe-inspiring sight of its massive tail breaking the surface while playful dolphins frolicked nearby, is an experience we’ll never forget—we were lucky enough to witness this marvel five more times.

Uvita stands out as a prime whale-watching spot due to its unique biannual whale seasons, unlike most places globally that only have one. Northern Hemisphere humpbacks migrate here from December to April, followed by Antarctic whales who visit from July until mid-November. This dual seasonality led to the establishment of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena along nine miles of Uvita’s stunning Pacific coastline in 1990—the park’s name, “ballena,” meaning whale in Spanish.

The presence of two distinct whale-watching seasons increases your chances of encountering these majestic creatures in Uvita throughout the year. However, for the best likelihood of witnessing whales in their natural habitat (the only way they should be seen), aim to visit during the middle of these cycles. Arriving at the beginning or end of the season may decrease your chances of a sighting.


Visiting Nearby Waterfalls

Exploring the local waterfalls provides an enchanting experience for couples, combining the natural beauty of Costa Rica with intimate, romantic activities. Two standout waterfalls, Uvita Waterfall and Nauyaca Waterfall, offer unique settings ideal for romantic outings.


Swim in Uvita Waterfall

Beginning the day by immersing yourself in natural pools under a canopy of trees, accompanied by the songs of tropical birds, the rustling of monkeys, and the soothing sounds of flowing water, epitomizes a quintessentially Costa Rican experience.

The relatively secluded Catarata Uvita (Uvita Waterfall) offers a relaxed setting for this experience, perfect for spending a couple of hours lounging on the rocks amid the lush greenery and tranquil natural surroundings; we absolutely love it.

There are two distinct natural swimming areas to enjoy. Access to the first pool is straightforward from the entrance; however, reaching the second pool requires navigating some steep steps and slippery sections—take it slow and stay alert.

For the adventurous at heart, there’s the option to climb to the top of the largest waterfall using a rope/metal ladder and either free jump or slide down the waterfall stream into the pool below. It’s an exhilarating but somewhat intimidating experience. We suggest watching a local first, who is familiar with the safest spots and techniques, before attempting it yourself!


Here’s how you can turn a visit into a romantic experience:
  • Swimming Together: Take a refreshing dip in the pool beneath the waterfall. The cool, clear water is both invigorating and relaxing, perfect for a shared experience.
  • Picnic by the Water: Pack a gourmet picnic to enjoy in the shaded areas around the waterfall. Local vendors often sell fresh tropical fruits and snacks, which can add a local flavour to your meal.
  • Capture the Moment: The picturesque setting is ideal for capturing some memorable photos together. The lush backdrop and cascading water make for a stunning photo opportunity.

Where | You can find the main entrance to the Uvita Waterfall here on Google Maps.

When | The waterfall is open from 7 am – 5 pm, seven days a week.

Cost | 2,000 colones (USD $4) entry fee per person, which includes the butterfly garden. It’s best to bring cash.

Facilities | There’s a small restaurant at the first entrance.


A romantic couple enjoying Nauyaca waterfall in Uvita Costa Rica
Couple taking in Waterfalls in Costa Rica

Nauyaca Waterfalls: Adventure and Romance

We acknowledge that ‘waterfall fatigue’ is real. In Costa Rica, where it reaches its peak, the simple truth is that it’s impossible to visit or be awestruck by every single waterfall in the country. However, we’d really, really like you to take our advice when it comes to Nauyaca waterfalls: this is one of the best waterfalls in Costa Rica. Known for its breathtaking beauty, Nauyaca Waterfalls are composed of two cascades that fall into deep natural pools. The waterfalls are a bit more secluded and require a hike or a horseback ride to reach.


Check out this post for a full in-depth guide to Nauyaca Waterfalls 


Here’s how you can turn a visit into a romantic experience:
  • Horseback Riding to the Falls: For an unforgettable journey, book a horseback riding tour to Nauyaca Waterfalls. Riding through the jungle to reach these magnificent falls adds an element of adventure to your romantic getaway.
  • Swimming in Natural Pools: The lower falls have a large pool that is perfect for swimming. The dramatic waterfall backdrop creates a magical swimming experience.
  • Enjoy a Secluded Picnic: After your swim, enjoy a picnic near the falls. The sound of the falls and the surrounding jungle create a secluded, intimate setting for a meal.


Combining hiking, adventure, and idyllic spots for sunbathing and swimming, you’ll want to set aside at least half a day for this experience. Located just 45 kilometres away, Vayu serves as an ideal base for a convenient day trip to the falls.

Where | You can find the main entrance to the Waterfall here on Google Maps.

When| The reception office is open from 7 am to 2 pm, Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, it’s 8 am to 2 pm.

Cost | Entry is USD $10 for non-locals, ¢3,500 colones for locals or residents (for the hike)

Facilities | There’s a small gift shop at the entrance and a secure parking lot.

Both waterfalls offer couples the chance to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Costa Rica. Moreover, enjoy activities that enhance their connection. Whether relaxing by the serene Uvita Waterfall or adventuring to the majestic Nauyaca Waterfalls, these experiences add a romantic and adventurous element. Even more, it makes your stay at the best resorts in Costa Rica for couples memorable.


Check out this post for other attractions around Vayu!


Dining Options for a Romantic Evening

At Vayu Retreat Villas, we understand that food is a necessity so dining here is transformed into an intimate affair designed to cater to the desires of couples seeking a memorable experience. Whether it be mood lighting, the soft hum of our curated playlist or an impromptu vocal performance that co-owner Rafael puts on. The options ensure that every meal adds to the romantic atmosphere of your getaway.

Private Dining Setups

In-Villa Romance: Opt for a private dining experience right in your villa, where you can enjoy a customized meal crafted by our skilled chef. This option allows couples to dine in total privacy, with the menu tailored to their specific tastes and preferences. Whether it’s a candle-lit dinner or a cozy setup on your terrace, the staff at Vayu Retreat Villas ensures every detail is perfect.

Local Dining Recommendations

While the in-house dining at Vayu Retreat Villas is exceptional, exploring the local culinary scene can be a delightful addition to your stay. Staff are well-acquainted with the best local eateries that offer romantic atmospheres and gourmet cuisine. From seafood restaurants to hidden gems in the jungle, each recommended spot provides a taste of Costa Rican hospitality and flavours.

Our favourites are Citrus, Exotica and Sebas.

Check out this blog post for more culinary recommendations!


Planning Your Stay at Vayu Retreat Villas

Booking your stay at Vayu Retreat Villas is straightforward. Visit our website or contact our reservation team who are ready to help tailor your visit to your personal preferences, ensuring every aspect of your stay is perfect.

Why Choose Vayu Retreat Villas for Your Romantic Holiday?

Choosing Vayu Retreat Villas means opting for unparalleled privacy, luxury, and personalized service at one of the best Costa Rica resorts. As a premier Costa Rica jungle resort, Vayu offers an escape that perfectly blends natural beauty with luxury. It’s an ideal destination for couples seeking a unique and intimate romantic escape.



Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best times of year to visit for a romantic escape in Uvita?

Best Times to Visit Uvita for a Romantic Getaway:

Dry Season

  • Generally, the dry season in Costa Rica runs from December through April, with February and March being the hottest months.
  • Expect sunny skies, fewer clouds, and little rainfall during this period, with warm temperatures reaching up to 30 °C – perfect for spending time on the beach.
  • This is also the busiest and most expensive time in Costa Rica, with lots of people visiting from all over the world.
  • Areas become much drier, but there are still plenty of beautiful views to discover during this time of the year.

Green Season

Filled with lush jungles and beautiful green scenery, Costa Rica heavily relies on rainfall to thrive. For those who don’t mind a bit of rain, the green season enhances the lush, jungle surroundings, making it a prime time to visit a Costa Rica jungle resort. Enjoy quieter moments and lush scenery, which can be a more affordable and serene experience.

  • The rainy season in Costa Rica, also known as the Green season, runs from May through November. The transition is gradual, with showers starting in May and picking up in June.
  • The rainiest areas during this period are the central mountains, volcanoes, and the southern Pacific coast. The average annual rainfall is over 5000 mm here!
  • While rainfall does become more frequent during these months, the days still get plenty of warm sunshine. Especially the mornings are sunny, with afternoon storms later in the day.

Each season in Uvita offers distinct experiences, catering to all preferences, whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation in the stunning settings of the best resorts for romance in Costa Rica for couples.


Romantic Nights at Vayu Retreat Villas

How can I arrange a special occasion like anniversaries or proposals at Vayu Retreat Villas?

Arranging Special Occasions at Vayu Retreat Villas:

Contact the Resort Early: Reach out to the staff at Vayu Retreat Villas well in advance. This gives them time to understand your needs. They can then tailor arrangements according to your preferences for your romantic getaway in Uvita. Be specific about the occasion—whether it’s an anniversary or a proposal—and any particular ideas or themes you have in mind.

Discuss Custom Packages: Vayu Retreat Villas offers customizable packages. These can include everything from floral arrangements and live music to gourmet dining and private tours. Ask about their special occasion packages. See how they can align with what you envision for your special day.

Plan a Surprise: If you’re planning a proposal, the staff can help you execute a surprise your partner will never forget. This could involve setting up a romantic sunset dinner on the beach, organizing a private horseback ride, or even coordinating a treasure hunt that ends with the proposal.

Personalize Your Stay: Personal touches make special occasions even more memorable. Incorporate your partner’s favorite flowers or arrange a custom menu with your favorite dishes. Personalization can significantly enhance the celebration.

Professional Photography: Consider hiring a professional photographer through the villa to capture these precious moments. Vayu Retreat Villas can assist in arranging a photographer. They will know the property and the best scenic spots for unforgettable photos.

Follow-up: After booking, we will keep in touch to confirm all details of your romantic getaway. This ensures everything is set according to your plans and allows for any last-minute adjustments.

By following these steps, you can ensure your special occasion at Vayu Retreat Villas is beautifully orchestrated. Focus on the celebration with your loved one. The villa’s setting and expert staff will provide an unforgettable backdrop for your romantic milestones.


Related: Check out our Honeymoon page for more info


Vayu Retreat Villas in Costa Rica offers the perfect blend of natural beauty, luxury, and seclusion. It’s ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway in Uvita. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets, intimate wildlife encounters, luxurious amenities, and private villa experiences. Your time in Uvita will surely be unforgettable.

Book your stay and transform moments into cherished memories with your loved one.

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