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  • Peaceful, shaded pitches close to amenities in the village of Uvita
  • In the Marino Ballena National Park for whale and dolphin watching
  • A few minutes' walk from Uvita beach and the Whale Tail sand bar

A couple of kilometres of white sand beach a short stroll away – sound just a teeny bit tempting? Then off you go to Uvita, in Costa Rica’s Puntarenas province, for a stay at Camping Casalta.

The lengthy (and yes, most pretty) beach here is part of the Marino Ballena National Park, a marine reserve that’s a popular hangout for all sorts of sea beasts – including dolphins and the humpback whales that often stop off here during mating season (usually December to April). Boat tours, snorkelling trips and scuba outings can be sorted in town to get you closer to the deep-sea action, and guests can also sign up for horse riding, mangrove kayaking and waterfall walks to see more of the surrounds on the land side.

Or you could just spend your hours on the beach, of course – it’s just a few minutes’ walk away through a palm tree plantation, with warm waters for swimming and plenty of space for sunbathing. And should you tire of this particular stretch of sand (pfft), take a wander across the sand bar (aka the Whale Tail) to neighbouring Playa Hermosa for a different take on the tropical view.

Snapped many a pic along the way? Share them with the wider world using the free wifi connection back at the site, or compare stories with fellow guests over a beer by the barbecue or campfire. Supplies for such an evening can be picked up at a couple of stores a few minutes’ walk away, and the village also has a handful of low-key bars and restaurants for those who’d like to head out for eats and drinks.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Naturist (nudist)

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year




Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers


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  • Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, 60504
  • Timezone America/Costa_Rica Central Standard Time (GMT-06:00)   GPS 9.1574°N 83.7452°W


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Local attractions

It’s quite a mini village, Uvita, but it’s well stocked with things to do. As well as the beaches and seafaring expeditions, guests can also take kayak tours through the mangroves, hike to the area’s waterfalls (one easily walkable from the village, others around a half-hour drive away) or ride horses up into the hills.

Costa Rica is, of course, famed for dedicating a huge chunk of its land to national parks (25 per cent, in fact – the highest level in all the world) so you’re never far from a nature reserve around here. Day trips to Corcovado and Los Quetzales national parks are doable with a couple of hours’ drive, and Manuel Antonio is about an hour away.

The animals run wild in the parks, so may not put in an appearance at the time you wish; to be sure of your spottings, take the 20-minute drive to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary or climb up to the treetop trails at Rainmaker conservation project (an hour and 15 minutes’ drive).

  • Does Camping Casalta have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Camping Casalta dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Camping Casalta? It’s quite a mini village, Uvita, but it’s well stocked with things to do. As well as the beaches and seafaring expeditions, guests can also take kayak tours through the mangroves, hike … Read more
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Local city/eco tax is included in the rate.