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Address: Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 2786 5392
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

El Parque Nacional Marino Ballena se encuentra en el departamento de...

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.

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Take your water, and slather up with sunscreen

This was our second trip to the Whale's Tail. We visited last year, and learned that this is a great place to go to, but make sure you take plenty of water and coat yourself in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 June 2016
Jason B
Richmond, United States

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Probably my favourite beach in Costa Rica. Good snorkeling around the "whale's tail" and great surfing for beginners. Don't forget the sunscreen. Lots of birds flying overhead. It costs $6 USD to enter (cash only), but the attendant isn't always there before 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m. so you might be lucky enough to sneak by. However, I didn't... More 

Thank Lindsay G
San José
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

I went to see whales, whales can be seen fron july to october, every year, thats a nice tour on a boat, guide guys explain very good everything about whale season and Marino Ballena National Park, If you are lucky you will see mom whales with their babies, they are so cute. The beach is very clean and beautiful

Thank Cris A
Sacramento, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

My wife and I were walking just south of the park and were charged by 2 knife wielding masked men demanding money. They were waiting in the trees. We were at least a 3/4 of a mile from the nearest person. They didn't get that much and ran back into the trees. The lifeguards told us this is becoming more... More 

Thank egabele
Jaco, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

So good to see very nice walles and his friends. You can take all day there and enjoy of a so natural beach with small waves. So easy to go in bus, car, etc.

Thank Fernando S
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8 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Too much hype - not worth the time. We didn't go at low tide and couldn't even cross the river to get to the peninsula where the whale's tale begins - afraid there may be crocodiles in the river. There were just a handful of people on the beach - not much to see or do there. They charged $5... More 

Thank CrazyGringa33
San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

It's special place. In low tide you can walk to the Ballena Tale and wait there to the time when ocean close the way. Don't be scare, since water is start to go up you have 1-2 hours to come back, enjoy this beautiful magic of nature!

Thank Misha B
costa rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Check with the locals or park rangers for the current tide times, you can go at low tide and walk from the park entrance along the beach to the Whale's Tale. This is a peninsula, where you can walk out on the rocks to the ocean's edge. Locally it's called the "Moses Walk", because when the tide comes in you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

We decided to visit in the morning about 2 hours before low tide. We had to pay $4 to park and $6 per person to enter the park. We took our snorkeling gear in hopes of clear water, but we couldn't see anything. Nice little waves for bodyboards. I wish we would have had time to explore the town.

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Yorba Linda, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

We come from CA so maybe we are just jaded but we paid $8 per person to see tide pools that we can see at home for free. Pretty beach but not sure what the hype is about :/

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Richmond, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This was our second trip to the Whale's Tail. We visited last year, and learned that this is a great place to go to, but make sure you take plenty of water and coat yourself in sunscreen. Go about an hour before low tide and walk out to the 'tail'. It looks close, but the scale is not obvious until... More 

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