Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Province of Puntarenas

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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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  • We took snorkel equipment and a soccer ball to the famous Whale's tail at Marino Ballena. There were lots of colorful fish, but the visibility wasn't great, but definitely worthwhile. The beaches are ...  more »
  • We went because we started from there, a trip to see dolphins and whales, then stayed in the Park and the beaches are nice but other than near Manuel Antonio, are not in fact very maintained, become the boats since the neighbors used to go sailing and there are currents. Whale tail only sees first hour at low tide, we not saw it since it was the excursion. If eye with belongings, warn in many guides etc aunq is not visible to anyone not be left unattended and you go to swim since it must be easily walk 50 metres by the tides to shore and another 30 more so that the water reaches to the waist and there are people in the Park waiting for the occasion... have showers to rinse and sand and salt that if it is dirty and unkempt. It was Park who we liked least.
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  • Low tide in late afternoon, a sunset walk across the sand bar of the Whale's tail and a tiny bit of snorkelling capped a perfect day in Uvita. Check the tide charts and visit at low tide. Spectacular  more »

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