Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Province of Puntarenas
(4.1/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I went to see whales, whales can be seen fron july to october, every year, thats a nice tour on a boat, guide guys explain very good everything about whale season and Marino Ballena National Park, If ...  more »
  • My wife and I were walking just south of the park and were charged by 2 knife wielding masked men demanding money. They were waiting in the trees. We were at least a 3/4 of a mile from the nearest per...  more »
  • Wild Beach, national park offers no infrastructure or development. No service entry guarded by a guard, but if you ask the locals it will tell you where to go for not paying the entry fee of $ 6. The beaches of Costa Rica are beautiful, those of Seco, Junquillal, Carillo, Playa Grande, to name them!
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  • Marino Ballena National Park is a protective sanctuary of 13,000 acres of ocean and 9 miles of coastline along Costa Ballena, encompassing beaches, mangroves, rainforest lowlands and marine habitats. The park is most noted for its annual migration of humpback whales that return to its protective waters each year. Sheltered by the largest coral reef on the Pacific Coast of Central America, Marino Ballena National Park is also home to some of Costa Rica’s most pristine and uncrowded beaches, including the white and golden sands of Playa Uvita, Playa Ballena, Playa Pinuela and Playa Colonia. While whale migration seasons are highest from July to November, and from December to April, Marino Ballena National Park is home to a myriad of permanent residents that grace its shores, including iguanas, dolphins and a full palette of colorful marine birds. From May to November, sea turtles make their laborious journey ashore to lay their eggs in the soft sand of the park’s beaches at night.
  • Great park to go on a tour for whale watching! The beach is beautiful in a whale shape when it is low tide
  • One of the best beaches in the world I would say. When its low tide its almost unbelievable!
  • It is a great place Highly recommended Whalewathing is the best tour
  • Walking to the whale's tale is incredible! You must go around low tide, so you can make it across the land bridge. As you walk across, the waves come towards you from both sides almost perfectly parallel to each other, and finally converge in the middle.