How to Find Uvita Surf School
When you come to Uvita Surf School, your first challenge will be to find us. Costa Rican’s do not share the same love of signage that North Americans do. So to get here you may need some guidance.
The first part is relatively easy. From the San Jose airport, follow the signs to the town of Escazu. Take route 1 from the airport to route 39 and then to route 27. All of this unfolds in about 6 miles (10 km).
Once you are on route 27 and have
passed the exits for Escazu, follow the signs to stay on route 27 in the direction of Orotina. This road becomes a toll road that runs for roughly 40 miles (60 km) heading west. You will pass through four toll booths and pay about $5 (2500 colones). Exit on Hwy 34 near the town of Orotina and head toward the towns of Tarcoles & Jaco.
Hwy 34 is the coast road and is the longest part of the trip.
You will be on this road for roughly 2½ hours, traveling south the whole way. Relax and enjoy the drive. You will pass through the towns of Jaco, Parrita and Quepos.
South of Quepos you will travel another 50 km (30 miles) before arriving at the police control booth near the Baru River. You needn’t stop at this booth unless signaled to do so. Keep heading south.
You will pass over the Baru River and see the entrance to the town
of Dominical immediately on your right. Keep going.
Uvita is 20 km (12 miles) south of Dominical. You will know you are getting close when you see a gas station on your right. Shortly after the gas station, you will see a Supermercado on your left. Then you will cross a bridge. Here’s where you have to keep your eyes peeled.
On your right, you will see a bus stop that has the words Cabinas
Gato on the side. There is a road just in front of it. Turn right on this road.
Carry on for about 100 yards and you will see the statue of a whale on your left. See the whale? You are on the right track. Keep going.
A little further on, you will see an indoor soccer field on your right. It looks like a colorfully painted field house. Keep going.
In another 40 yards you will come
to a small triangular park formed by the merging of an intersecting road on your right. In the park is a pair of blue concrete letters A&A. Keep going.
After 200 hundreds yards, you will come to a T intersection. Turn left.
Now you are on the same street as Uvita Surf School. Go about 100 yards and Uvita Surf School is on your right adjoining a restaurant/bar called Los Almendros. If you don’t see the surf school, ask at the bar. Both businesses are owned by the same family.
It may take a few twists and turns to get here, but you will be amply rewarded once you arrive. Surfing with Uvita Surf School can be the adventure of a lifetime.