Bike Tour To Panama City: Uvita

October 2, 2013 | By | Reply More

Dominical to Uvita

Yesterday at the start of my day I was trying to figure out how far to bike. I heard that there was whale watching in this area, but wasn’t sure which town to arrange the tour in. A couple I met a month ago which I mentioned in this post told me about it.

My options were to go to Uvita which was a little over 18 km away or find the next town that was about 50 to 75 km further. I was almost about to bike to Uvita the previous day, but it looked like it was about to rain and my energy was low which is why I stopped in Dominical.

Playa Dominical

Playa Dominical

After asking the hostel staff and getting recommendations from locals on where to go, I decided to take it easy and head to Uvita.

Before cycling, I went to check out beach. It wasn’t the nicest for hanging out at, but the waves were excellent for surfing. There are a lot of rocks that get washed up from a nearby river.

Highway 34 Costanera Sur

Highway 34 Costanera Sur

I hit the road around 10 a.m. The morning was hot and humid. I checked the hourly weather report online prior to make sure I wouldn’t get caught in the rain.

Ocean view along Highway 34

Ocean view along Highway 34

Waterfall near the road

Waterfall near the road

Here is a rebroadcast of the live stream. Prior to going online, I was peddling my ass off to climb a huge hill. Click to watch the video.

Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

I made a quick stop to Playa Hermosa on the way to Uvita. Apparently, there are a few Playa Hermosas in Costa Rica. One in the state of Guanacaste, the other next to Jaco.

Ceviche stand

Ceviche stand

I noticed on Highway 34 there were a number of ceviche stands. I had a snack at this one by Playa Hermosa. I talked to the vendor who was there with his wife and child. The guy shared his recipe on how to make ceviche.

Only 2 km left to go

Only 2 km left to go

Dominical to Uvita 20.1 km

Dominical to Uvita 20.1 km

The heat made the ride challenging as well as the a huge hill. Elevations varied from 110 to 400 feet above sea level. It took me about 3 hours to cycle 20.1 km which a ceviche break.

Whale and dolphin watching

Whale watching in Marino Ballena National Park

Whale watching in Marino Ballena National Park

This morning I went whale and dolphin watching. The tour guide said that the best months for whale watching was in August, September, and early October. Whales come to warmer water during this time of year to give birth.

On a side note, mosquitos are vicious this time of year. I put repellant on and use camping soap that’s suppose to deter them, but I’m still getting eaten alive.

If you watched the video above, I mentioned that I’m having problems with the shifter on my bike switching from gear 2 to 3. The chain doesn’t catch. While at the hostel I’m staying at, I met a surfer who happens to be a pro mountain bike racer. He explains to me how to fix this problem and how to properly use the gears. My problem was solved in the same day. Like I mentioned in Bike Tour To Panama City: In Search for Answers, it’s okay not to know all the answers, they will come to you.

If I hustle down the coast I make it to the Panamanian border in a two to three days depending on the weather. Biking during rainy season is feasible as long as I anticipate the weather.

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