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. Arrange to visit Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and other attractions in Uvita using our Uvita tour planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This reserve is surely a reserve, a sanctuary has whales but personally, I saw nothing. 6 USD per person entry to a "beach". We avoided the parking scam in us guarantor like others along the "sidewalk". 4USD won! You should know to Costa Rica everything is paid (and expensive for the gringos). The beach is superb at mid tide and low tide. It has access to the whale tail (a tombolo of sand that ends by pebbles). The advantage of this place: a huge beach, shade, pretty Beach vegetation, person or almost, waves for swimming... The place seemed very very guarded with 2 motorcycle officers who lined the beach and even asked us not to leave bags unattended. If you do not pay for a nice beach, stop qlq km before playa Hermosa. And if you're brave, you're going to walk to the Park (without paying).
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  • August 11, 2017
    Yesterday I made a short detour Marino Ballena on my trip in the Parque nacional. The hostel Cascada Verde I went out with my friend there and we needed about 40 minutes at a leisurely pace. I had to go to San José later we had not all too much time, to make about a whale tour. Despite all this, the time was worth there. We were there early; against 8 and had the beach for us. This is simply breathtaking. Also going to the Welsh at low tide. It seems like having 2 seas beside him. Unique. About 9 us the park filled up masses flocked to the boats sailing on the sea whale-watching. Went swimming we are not due to the strong waves and unpredictable currents, but all in all had a great and magical morning.
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  • August 6, 2017
    The beaches are beautiful, unique, the vegetation is always incredible green and there are many wild animals. The views from the mountain spectacular.
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