Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Uvita

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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. 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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  • A 3 to 4 hour boat trip to try to see turtles, dolphins, whales (in season) and a multitude of birds including the majestic sea frigates and the extremely photogenic pelicans. Postcard decor, boarding and Debarment aboard the boat from the beach (anticipate the flip flops!) Beware of barefoot: the black sand is burning!
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  • Unlike the Playa Hermosa which is free and just as nice, this beach has an entrance fee and a parking fee - though neither exorbitant. It is famous for the whales tail shape of the rocks but we found ...  more »
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