Beautiful Villas Alturas...
Breathtaking Pacific Views


Southeast-bound, driving along the Pacific coastline...

Our next destination - after quite an enjoyable stay in Manuel Antonio - was the smaller, laid back surf town of Dominical, or even more specifically...

Just a few kilometers past it, where way up high on the cliff - seven gorgeous villas, looking out over the famous "whale tail" formation of Marina Ballena National Park...

And an infinite ocean beyond...

Looking Out Over the Pacific Ocean, from Villas Alturas
A Ravishing Sun Rise Over Villas Alturas

To Villas Alturas.

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Here on this page of the site...

Recapping our experience at easily one of the most beautiful hotels to be found here in Costa Rica - along with a journey down the coast, exploring a number of really neat places, waterfalls included...

Please read on to learn more!








Breathtaking Villas Alturas

Making our way along Highway 34...

It was a little less than an hour-long drive, from Manuel Antonio and Quepos...

Holding a Blow-Gun at the Bazaar in Dominical
Holding an Indigenous Blowgun in Dominical

Before we arrived in Dominical - the laid back beach town, known especially for its surf.

And yes - it was the beach where we headed first...

To an area with a "mini bazaar" - items like sarongs, sculptures, jewelry, hammocks...

Even blow guns!...

For sale - right there along the water's edge.

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Close by - just across the road actually, and right in the middle of all the action in Dominical...

Is the beach side restaurant-bar, called Tortilla Flats.

Lunch at Tortilla Flats
Lunch Ocean-Side, at Tortilla Flats

A great place to meet other travelers in the area, and for live music as well, on various nights...

It was nice relaxing here for a bit, enjoying a delicious ceviche lunch by the ocean.

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And yes, while the super chill vibe in Dominical is always a fun time (this was a 5th-time visit!)...

We were all pretty excited to keep right on going - just a little ways further down the highway, to Villas Alturas...

Checking in at Villas Alturas
Franciso Leading the Way, to Our Villa

Somewhere we'd already heard so many very nice things about.

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A little less than halfway to Uvita - about another 6 or 7 kilometers down the road...

The sign to Villas Alturas, directing us left - and up to the very top of a steep, rocky road - a 4x4 is a must!...

Is was only a couple more minutes, before Francisco - long-time employee at the hotel...

Who after helping us with our bags, and leading the way to our villa...

Was introducing us to one of THE MOST spectacular views....

Francisco Introducing the Gorgeous Villas Alturas
A Breathtaking View, from Villas Alturas

In all of Costa Rica.

Seriously. This place is ridiculously gorgeous. Here's another look - a photo taken from the restaurant, near reception...

The View from Reception
Look in the Distance to the Left. The "Whale Tail" is at the End of the Point

Looking on over the swimming pool...

Wow.

And yes...

Way off in the distance - on the left - you can make out the "Whale Tail" of Marino Ballena National Park...

Whale Tail of Marino Ballena National Park
A Shot of the Whale Tail at Low Tide

A unique formation of rocks - something caused by the collision of tidal currents, over time...

Between two adjacent half-moon bays.

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More of what's beautiful - nope, it wasn't only the views...

It was fun taking a stroll through the property, and having a look at the 7 different villas throughout...

Each one unique from the other.

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Zooming in on where we were staying for two nights...

Overhead View of Villas Alturas
J Patrick Cudahy's Overhead Shot of the 7 Villas

Villa number 3 - with its nice open kitchen, lounge area with futon, bathroom with walk-in shower...

And a bedroom sporting a king-sized bed...

It was the corner-to-corner porch out front - lounge chairs and hammock included...

That really blew us away.

And especially given all of the nature and wildlife to be experienced - just meters from the edge

So many different birds to observe - including both toucans and aracaris, that would perch in the tree right in front of us - My Mom, who absolutely adores birdwatching...

Toucans, from the Patio of Villa 3
My Mom on the Porch, and Two Chestnut-Mandibled Toucans Just Beyond

Was in heaven. :-)

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Well...

Into the evening - after some time relaxing in the pool, and also after a really nice dinner too!...

We were all set for bed, looking forward to an adventure-packed day to follow - exploring along the Pacific coastline, visits to beaches, waterfalls, and more!




Exploring Along the Pacific

Another morning upon us, and much as Cindy - manager at Villas Alturas, had been saying the evening before...

Juevos Rancheros at Villas Alturas
Huevos (Eggs) Rancheros for Breakfast

It was going to be quite the memorable day!

And what better way to start things off, then with a delicious huevos rancheros breakfast...

Eggs and beans, served on a tortilla, and covered with salsa...

Poolside - overlooking that gorgeous Pacific Ocean, just beyond.

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Day-packs packed, and back on the road once again - continuing further along highway 34, away from Dominical and toward Uvita - location of the Marina Ballena (Whale) National Park...

The Light at the End of the Tunnel
A Window of Light at the End of the Tunnel

It was pretty exciting.

One place we were especially eager to visit - somewhere that Cindy was really urging that we see - is Playa Ventanas in Ojochal.

In English...

Playa Ventanas translates as "Beach of Windows" - as at the end of two tunnels...

Each leading from the beach directly through the base of a volcanic rock formation - and out to the Pacific Ocean on the other side...

Windows of light can be seen.

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Another great spot, further still down the highway from Ventanas - is Tilapias El Pavon - a small tilapia farm, one known especially to some - for the beautiful, secluded waterfalls...

The Waterfalls at the Tilapia Farm
Secluded Waterfalls at Tilapias El Pavon - Not Far from Playa Ventanas

Hidden in the back of the property.

And yes - even on the way back (we visited Ventanas and the Tilapia farm first, which were furthest away along the highway)...

Great Food at The Dome
Quesadilla at "The Dome" in Uvita

There are even more great spots to check out.

Lunch for example, we spent right in the center of Uvita - at a place called The Dome.

And yum...

What a place it is!

The food here - breakfast, burgers, quesadillas, wraps - or even some all-natural Jade Luna ice cream from Puerto Jiminez on the Osa...

Is top-notch.

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Into the afternoon - more to explore in the area...

We made the short drive from town, up to see the Uvita Waterfall (you can slide right down it - just be sure to watch someone else go first, and please be careful!)...

Marino Ballena National Park
The Uvita Waterfall (Top Right) and Marina Ballena National Park

And then back out to the ocean - relaxing amongst the palm trees, in the beautiful, Marina Ballena National Park.

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It's true...

The area along the Pacific - stretching from Dominical, down past Uvita - and to Ojochal and beyond, is easily one of the most beautiful spots, here on the Rich Coast.

And what better way to experience it - based out of Villas Alturas for a couple nights (or more!)...

Just Chilling in the Pool at Villas Alturas
Just Chillin' in the Pool at Villas Alturas

Overlooking anything and everything, this little slice of paradise has to offer.

Don't miss out on Villas Alturas!