We are just back from Uvita and had the most amazing stay at Mark & Allyson's with our family of four (kids 12 and 15).
It is the most beautiful place...the location, your home, the pool...but, that view!!! Words and pictures just don't do it justice! I would think you would retire sooner than later! :o) We want to thank you for your advice and most superb attention to detail. We had the best vacation ever and will be back to your little slice of heaven.
Just a little run down for those travelling next...
We love adventure, driving and local fair when we travel and we were able to experience all that from this location. We did not come via Hwy 34, but did take Hwy 2. We used WAZE rather than google maps at the advice of the rental car agent and we found it to be rather good for Costa Rica. We ventured out of San Jose to Irazu volcano. The drive we took was spectacular and a great start to our vacation! As like most travellers suggest a 4WD is the way to travel in CR. We made our way to Cartago (the old Capital City) and spend time exploring. We made it to the famous church, Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, and to the St. James the Apostle Parish Ruins. The kids managed to find Pizza Hut for lunch. We then drove through the cloud forest to Uvita. What scenery! Our goal was to make it to Uvita and to the house for 5pm, however, we got stuck behind some slow moving trucks once we passed San Isidro so blew our plan a little bit…We left San Jose around 8am and met Rolando around 530ish. We love to drive so...it may frustrate others!
Rolando was flexible and fantastic to work with! We showed up just before dark and he quickly showed us the grounds, the house, how to work the safe and made sure we were comfortable before he left us to our vacation! Your place is in good hands, Mark!
It became pitch black in a matter of 15mins, and just being in the house for that long, we were greeted by very large insects on the windows and screens. We have two scardy cats in the family and let’s just say we didn’t go in for that long awaited swim we all talked on our way to Uvita! After a couple of days we got used to their nightly visits!
Our first day, we got our bearings and relaxed at the house, and later in the day went for a walk on the beach at Maria Bellena National Park. Needless did we know we spent our time at Arco beach. It’s a great place to visit. Had some good "play" time on the rocks and some fun chasing crabs. Saw a stingray, but missed the cave and trail to see the monkeys due to high tide. You really want to visit way before high tide as you will find yourself walking on rocks all the way back to the entrance of the National Park! Not fun while you are walking them, but good for some laughs afterwards! Again another one of Mark’s suggestions!
We ventured down and up many of the roads off Hwy 34 and some great beaches with caves, great lookouts for pictures of the Whale’s Tail (without having to take an arial tour). The kids found a soccer field where the locals play pick up soccer at 4pm every day, so spent a few late afternoons there! We also found a futsal field and took in a few competitive games at night. Felt like I was at home driving them to and fro! We are a soccer family, so I should have known they would seek it out in CR! If you do explore the area, I would suggest you take the body board and the boogie board with you in the car, we could have used them at a couple beaches we found!
We also did some touristy things; Zip lining with Hacienda Baru, a Unimog drive to waterfalls with Jungle ATV Quad Tours, booked a charter for snorkeling and deep sea fishing with Bahia Aventuras, and made a trip to Mario Antonio National Park. We were a little disappointed with Mario Antonio, as it has become a very touristy spot with lots of locals selling services – it felt like we were on a beach in Dominica Republic! Although beautiful, I don’t think we would go back. We will likely take in Corcovada Nat’l Park next time. Also note, if you are a diver, you may want to book with Mad about Diving prior to your travel as they were all booked up and we could not get a timeslot (during March break)!
We did not go out to each much, but the restaurants we did choose were fantastic!
1. Las Delicias Bar Y Restaurante (on the right hand side coming out from the beach in Uvita) – great steak and salad! And reasonably priced for a family of 4.
2. Los Almendros Restaurant (on the left hand side coming out from the beach in Uvita). We would not recommend this one
3. Joly Roger – In Dominical – a ride up and just when you think you are not going the right way there is a sign telling you that you are. Was worth the drive up, the view incredible. The burgers and chicken wings to die for. Highly recommend for families and reasonably priced
4. El Lagarto - In Quepos. Really great steak house and reasonably priced!
There is so much to do and take in we just couldn’t get it all in with the 10 days we had. I would suggest 15days would be ideal. Everyone misses the howler monkeys that start howling between 4-5pm at the house, the iguanas that hung out by the pool, the heat (37-42 degrees every day!) the view and sunsets, the hammocks, and the general low key, live a pure life attitude in CR.
Mark and Allyson, thanks so much for opening up your home for us to enjoy and sharing your wealth of knowledge on the area. We will be back. And if you retire early we will come by and visit!!!
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