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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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+506 2786 5392
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"Does not get better than this.."

One of the nicest places to visit while in the central-south pacific! This magnificent natural... read more

Reviewed yesterday
SBE73
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Cartago, Costa Rica
It's a really, really big beach that you pay to park and see - that's about it.

Not sure what all the hype is - this park is simply just a huge beach with a natural formation that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dan P
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Tampa, Florida
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  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“whale's tail”(18 reviews)
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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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"sand bar"
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"both sides"
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"late afternoon"
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Reviewed yesterday

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.

Thank SBE73
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Dan P
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Reviewed 4 April 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
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Reviewed 3 April 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
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Reviewed 29 March 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

1  Thank StephaneSassi
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Reviewed 21 March 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

Thank Henri C
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Reviewed 11 March 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

Thank LaraKZ
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Loved that park, beautiful beach, lots of wildlife including macaws agoutis and howler monkeys we didn't see at other parks such as Manual Antonio. Worth 5 stars if not for the closing time of 16:00, best time to view wildlife is around 17:00...Should close at...More

Thank france j
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Walking along a beach anywhere can be an enjoyable experience. But walking along a beach with water on both sides is indeed unique and worth the $6/person entrance fee! At Marino Ballena National Park, visitors can enjoy an easy walk out on the “whale’s tail”...More

1  Thank MIHappyCamper
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 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
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