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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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Costa Rica
+506 2786 5392
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Great Beaches

The Parque Nacional Marino Ballena protects the sea around some beaches like Playa Hermosa, Playa... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Puebla, Mexico
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Whales tail!!

Wow - such an amazing stroll out to the Whales Tail. The water rushes in from both currents and is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Toronto, Canada
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • 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 1 week ago via mobile

The Parque Nacional Marino Ballena protects the sea around some beaches like Playa Hermosa, Playa Uvita, Playa Arco and Playa Piñuela. The entrance costs 6 USD per person per day. The best towns to explore the park are Dominical, Uvita and Ojochal. It is a...More

Thank MochiMundo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow - such an amazing stroll out to the Whales Tail. The water rushes in from both currents and is wonderful to see when they meet! Great for photos!

Thank CrazyKphotography
Reviewed 19 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 24 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 3 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 12 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

5  Thank Monica B
Reviewed 7 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
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