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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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Costa Rica
+506 2786 5392
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Probably parked at the wrong spot

Google maps led us to a spot fairly south of the 'whales tail' (maybe a mile). There was a dirt... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Ottawa, Canada
via mobile
Now FAVORITE beach in all of Costa Rica!

Our first time to Dominical region and we spent two days in the Marino Ballena beach area... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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El Parque Nacional Marino Ballena se encuentra en el departamento de Puntarenas (Pacifico Central) es un hermoso parque de playa donde cuando la marea baja se une una isla al continente y forma la cola de una ballena. Tiene unas hermosas playas calidas y transparentes y una vegetacion agreste.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“low tide” (31 reviews)
“whale's tail” (17 reviews)
“marino ballena” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Costa Rica
+506 2786 5392

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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Google maps led us to a spot fairly south of the 'whales tail' (maybe a mile). There was a dirt road that led to a small primitive parking lot. None of this was an issue. We knew weren't there at low tide (tide schedule just...More

Thank canadaJF
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Our first time to Dominical region and we spent two days in the Marino Ballena beach area, EXCELLENT beach! Our first day we got there when it was low tide, a treat b/c we were able to walk all the way out to the "tail"...More

1  Thank Nam_Clark
Reviewed 2 August 2017

The natural formation is amazing. I would have loved to gotten a birds eye view. Water shoes are a must if you plan to explore the rocks. Don't forget sunscreen!!! You're getting reflection from every direction while on the Whale's Tail (charbroiled husband learned the...More

Thank jessd197
Reviewed 8 July 2017

My family and I visited last week and it was fabulous! Yes, you do have to pay, but it is a National Park and the money goes to maintain them, so it should be expected. The beaches were beautiful. Definitely visit at low tide so...More

Thank 301rebekahw
Reviewed 24 May 2017

After playing in Uvita's waterfall we decided to hit their Playa. Disappointed to find that now; you must pay to park and walk a long way to the actual playa. Locals we talked to are not happy about this change in things but it is...More

Thank Vinnie1973
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Beach was lovely . Great for surfers and boarders . Also could enjoy the sun on the sandy beach or move back to shade

Thank deso2man
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I have always heard about the whales tail so this year we experienced it first hand. From our hotel Costa Paraiso in Dominicallito we hired a driver Geovanny from Nauyacca Waterfalls ( he does not have a site so contact the falls to hire him,...More

4  Thank Monica B
Reviewed 6 April 2017

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 massive, and wide. This is a very unique and beautiful park. The...More

Thank Jennifer T
Reviewed 4 April 2017

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

Thank Andrea L
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Low tide, beach is wide, great to walk on. Keep your flip flops with you because the sand does get very hot. When tide is low can walk to end of whale tail. Palm trees line the beach. Find one to relax under.

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