Again, for a non-touristy type O' place to live/explore/chill/surf/hhike would be the flutterby house in Bahina Ballena/Uvita. Super rad surfing is only a 2 min walk down a dirt road. A thirty min walk through town and up into the jungle brings you to a waterfall that doubles as a waterslide, this thing is 30 feet more or less with the last half being vert. You sit right in the middle of the flow push off and slide down a steep 15 feet then it pretty much just drops off and shoots ya out into a huge perfect pool, push off at the lip for the perfect 10 BOOF~!!~!