Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Province of Puntarenas

Observe biodiverse marine life and relax on fine white sand at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. This national park opened in 1989 to protect the plentiful coral reefs that lie close to the shore. The park's eponymous humpback whales occasionally appear in the vicinity, as they use it as breeding grounds. Coincidentally, the sandbar extending out into the sea also takes the distinctive shape of a whale's tail. Keep your eye out for dolphins and sea turtles in the water as well. The beach here remains relatively untouristed compared with most beaches in Costa Rica, so bring a book along for some tranquil and secluded time in lovely environs. Our Uvita trip tool makes visiting Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and other Uvita attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • For 2 weeks we've really enjoyed the beautiful beaches in this area. Spent June 16 at Playa Arco- had the beach to ourselves the entire day. Walked in the warm sand, explored the sea cave, swam in the...  more »
  • During the summer, families of whales arrive to litter the Park due to the hot water. An exciting experience to get on the boat and watch females swim along with Gore.
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  • A huge beach... a beautiful landscape! Place preserved, red macaws at the top of the coconut trees... very hot and turquoise water... one of my best memories in Costa Rica...
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