Ballena National Park

Ballena National Park

There are very few more recognizable, more beautiful or interesting natural landmarks in all of Costa Rica than Uvita’s Whale Tail beach, which is Ballena National Park. It is located just 20 minutes north of Las Villas de San Buenas Ballena National Park in Uvita. This is one of the most beautiful and largest beaches in all of Costa Rica. There are numerous entrances to Ballena National Park (in Spanish: Parque Nacional Ballena) as it stretches several miles down the coast. This means that it is rarely crowded with many people, providing users a wonderful and enjoyable day at the beach.

Ballena National Park uvita  Whales Tail

Ballena National Park extends from inland out to the protected waters off of the Uvita and Southern Pacific zone’s coast consisting of 110 hectares (272 acres) on land and 5,400 hectares of ocean (13,344 acres).

Ballena National Park aerial north

Several species of whales annually migrate past the “Whale’s Tail” and Uvita en route to Golfo Dulce for mating purposes. Between the months of August and December it is possible to take whale watching tours.

Other types of tours also launch from the beaches of the national park including dolphin watching, SCUBA, snorkel and deep sea fishing. The three photos below are from a snorkeling tour. During the tours the boat is launched from the national park, out to the nearby islands and back. On the way back your boat captain may drive you through one of the natural rock rings.

If you are flying on a regional plane from San Jose or Quepos down to Palmar Sur regional airport, be sure to look out the left side of the plane (facing east) as you head down the coast. The Whale’s Tail of Ballena National Park will be clearly distinguishable from the air.

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