Playa Ventanas

Playa Ventanas, Ballena: Address, Playa Ventanas Reviews: 4.5/5

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Triplebock
Fairfax County, VA113 contributions
Dec 2021
This was our second visit to Dominical, Costa Rica, and our second visit to Playa Ventanas. It's a great beach for families, as there is plenty of beach area for little kids to play in the sand, and there is not a steep dropoff.

At low tide, you can explore some caves that go all the way through the rocks on one side of the beach (hence the name "Ventanas" (windows)). There are interesting cliffs on the other side of the beach and some caves/overhangs to explore.

We paid $3 per car for parking. Parking spaces are marked among the palm trees in the area between the stream that runs behind the beach, and the beach itself. These palm trees provide a lot of shade for those who want it.

The first time we came to this beach, it was June 2018, and there were no vendors on the beach. Perhaps it was low season. We were glad we had picked up some empanadas at the BM Supermarket in Uvita on our way down.

In December 2021, there were lots of vendors on the beach. It looks like some reviewers don't like this. I'm not sure why the presence of non-pushy vendors on a public beach makes it a fake experience. We had our empanadas again, but some of the fish casados looked really yummy. I was glad to be able to buy a Pipa Fria (chilled coconut, and then they cut a hole in the top and you drink the coconut water through a straw), and we rented a canopy and some chairs for the family to share.

The stream that runs behind the beach outlets across the beach at one point. It was nice to hike up the creek a bit and wash the salt off. If I recall correctly, there is a footwash somewhere near the entrance.

I'm always impressed that even at a relatively isolated beach in Costa Rica, there are always multiple recycling sorting bins. There was no trash on the beach.

The kids had a good time boogie-boarding and diving through the waves. There were lifeguards on duty.

This has become one of our favorite family beaches. It's hard to find one with this much shade, sand, and a little for everyone.
Written January 5, 2022
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gaia r
4 contributions
Dec 2021
it would be a lovely beach, however it's full of stands selling food and souvenirs... a re\al pity as it takes away all the joy of staying there. We stayed 2h and left as it felt so fake.
Written December 18, 2021
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Okanagan13
British Columbia260 contributions
Dec 2021
Playa Ventanas is a picturesque beach with interesting caves. You can easily spend your day swimming, boogie boarding, exploring the caves at low tide, or just chilling on the beach.
Entry Fee: $2 USD per car - Dec, 2021
Onsite beach patrol/lifeguards and bathrooms (bring toilet paper)
Vendors: food, water, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs
Rentals: beach chairs, tent canopies to protect you from the sun
To get here you will need to cross a small creek in your car.
Written December 18, 2021
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BienViaje68
Tempe, AZ282 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Our experience with Ventanas was not great. I’m willing to own that maybe our mood was not as great heading to this beach. We had hoped to hike into Playa Arco, but had our plans dashed by limited access and La Cusinga Lodge charging $10/person to access the trail and was going to require us to go back to Uvita to purchase a national Park pass.

We settled for Las Ventanas. We were charged 4000 Colones to enter. The beach was a little grimy. They had 2 bathrooms for the entire beach and there is not toilet paper provided. The beach is rocky. We had a hammock ans set it up in the trees. That was a nice feature. We ended up not staying very long…a couple of hours and then left. We didn’t explore or go looking for the caves.

It’s an average beach. I’ve seen much better.
Written September 17, 2021
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scooter0318
Uvita, Costa Rica26 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
What a wonderful beautiful beach. Great place to hang out all day. And a beautiful place for a sunset!!! A must stop!
Written January 3, 2021
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Shari F
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Solo
Caves, tide pools, shaded areas, a river, some vendors and washrooms and showers. Small entrance fee.
Written February 29, 2020
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Gloria
Ojochal, Costa Rica9 contributions
Jan 2020
One of my favorite beaches! Love that I can get a coconut water to drink right out of the coconut for a dollar. The lifeguards are very vigilant and of course, the scenery is unbelievably beautiful.
Written February 24, 2020
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Daniel L
Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica2 contributions
Feb 2020
Feb 21, 2020
Finally the municipality with the help of different ministry and local police have removed all the vendors and tents from blocking half the beach with their garbages

At least the new mayor of Osa put up is pants after over 1 1/2 years of negligence

And hopefully the local police force will.be near if these people come back
Written February 22, 2020
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HCEdin
Edinburgh, UK92 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
What a beautiful spot. It's 2,000 colones to park and although we were happy to sit on the sand, there were cabanas and loungers to hire. The waves were calmer compared to beaches like Dominical and shallow waters safe for younger children. There are lots of vendors here selling drinks and food - although beware to check prices as we foolishly didn't (it was our first day in Costa Rica!) and after ordering were charged 7,000 for a small fried fish and plantains.
Written February 19, 2020
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cuenca2016
Vashon, WA15 contributions
Jan 2020
We have been to this beach several times the last two years. It is close to our CR home in the southern pacific coast of CR. A very popular beach for visitors and locals alike. There are snack venders, chairs & umbrellas available to rent. This beach is also rated as the second best beach in CR, and one of nine beaches in the southern coast. The jungle flora comes right down to the beach area. It is a very big beach at low tide.
Written February 14, 2020
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