Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Province of Puntarenas

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#8 of 17 in Beaches in 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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  • The first thing you need to know is that it is a protected area by the Government that the cost of the entry that is currently around $3 which, in local currency, would be ₡1. 500 but if you are a foreigner you will have to pay double... this money covers both maintenance costs as well as payment to the Rangers, collecting garbage, maintenance of showers, bathrooms, pylons grills, lifeguards and other duties... as National Park not allowing entry of alcoholic beverages, drunk people or loud music... here inside won't find food stalls and street vendors, as well as not you'll see concerts or people cheering, hotel areas or buildings... in order that what is at issue is that the beach is as natural as possible. The most popular months are in summer, from November in mid-February, although the summer ends in March and also to see many people at the beginning of July which coincides with the mid-year school holidays... the beach itself is clean... not very suitable dark and hot sand for surf, but if there are the same and also snorkelling courses... includes 5 beaches within the Park, which you have access with the same pass from 7 am to 4:00 pm. Low tide occurs two times 24 hours, i.e. one during the day and one at night and lasts approximately two hours to climb... people take advantage of this time to enter (1km) offshore by a narrow sand that left the sea when it drops a bit stony road at the end, but even at high tide you can enter with the water up to our knees.
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  • Beautiful beaches with lots of vegetation. The majority of beaches in the Park can be accessed by car, they have ballast roads in good condition. The big, beautiful and best for bathing and spend the day is Playa Uvita, moreover, where is the formation of "whale tail" on the beach, to which you can go walking during low tide. The beach was very clean and had constant police surveillance. There are areas with Palm trees and shade. The entrance costs mil colones for domestic and $6 for foreigners. There are bathrooms and showers with water not potable, but rather dirty. Parking is outside the Park, charge 2 thousand colones by throughout the day and the street is paved up to the entrance. Beautiful virgin beaches with lots of vegetation. Most of the beaches of the National Park can be reached by car, there are ballast roads in good condition. The biggest, most beautiful and best to bathe and spend the day is Uvita Beach, where the "whale tail" formation is on the beach, which can be walked at low tide. The beach was very clean and there was constant police surveillance. There are areas with palm trees where you can rest. The entrance costs $6. There are toilets and showers with non-potable water, but somewhat dirty. The parking is outside the Park, they charge 2 thousand colones (~ $4) for the whole day and the street is asphalted until the entrance.
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  • It was an impromptu visit and does not disappoint if you are looking for is a long and quiet beach. We thought that there would be some more nature, more extensive than there is right on the beach to do some trail but did not. They are $ 6 per person at the entrance to the Park and you better into another more South (Rocky I think).
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