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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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| Bahia Ballena, Uvita 60504, Costa Rica
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

One of the best beaches I've ever visited. It's a huge open space with well preserved vegetation and few tourists.

Thank Felipe F
Reviewed August 23, 2018

there is a bit of a parking thing going on with private car parks just before the road runs out but in fairness the NatPark itself seems to offer no place to park so fair does and not that expensive. Whale watching tours are the...More

Thank Rufus B
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

For 2 weeks we've really enjoyed the beautiful beaches in this area. Spent June 16 at Playa Arco- had the beach to ourselves the entire day. Walked in the warm sand, explored the sea cave, swam in the surf. We brought backpacks with food, drink,...More

6  Thank Candice D
Reviewed May 20, 2018

One of the nicest places to visit while in the central-south pacific! This magnificent natural "whale´s tail" allows you to enjoy small waves coming from both sides. A natural treasure which makes Costa Rica such a wonderful place.

2  Thank SBE73
Reviewed May 14, 2018

Not sure what all the hype is - this park is simply just a huge beach with a natural formation that looks like a whale tale...at low tide you can walk way out on the formation. There's really nothing more to it at all. The...More

2  Thank 63danp
Reviewed April 4, 2018

I enjoyed walking part way out on the whale's tail. It was gorgeous looking all around, even to the beach. My suggestions would be to be sure to know the time of low tide, then allow ample time for entry and walking to the actual...More

3  Thank Nancy C
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

We came here very late one day and were allowed in for free as we indicated we were only going to watch the sunset. The person at the booth told us we had 20 minutes. The sunset was beautiful and there was nothing in the...More

Thank csals17
Reviewed March 29, 2018

If you take the main entrance, through the village of BAHIA, then you get the picture of what Costa Rica is: Pay for parking, pay for the entrance with no explanation of what to see, what to do. PAY, Pay, Pay So anyways, fed up...More

3  Thank StephaneSassi
Reviewed March 21, 2018 via mobile

Here is the deal. This pretty unique beach has the shape of a whale tail at low tide. Now, once you are on the beach it is pretty underwhelming as the perspective is only remarkable from above (take one of the side roads up the...More

1  Thank 508henric
Reviewed March 11, 2018

We came to the national park given its beach was the start of a whale watch tour but we stooped at return to swim and second time there we also stayed to watch the sun set and what a treat that was - the best...More

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