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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
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 whale's tail. I did not allow enough time and found the tide coming in before I reached the end. Yes, I will be going back to see it all again. The down side was knowing where to park our car before going into the park as there is a charge for parking. Carpooling recommended. Anyway, I enjoyed it and now two of us are going to go there.

3  Thank Nancy C
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"low tide"
in 33 reviews
"whale's tail"
in 18 reviews
"beautiful beach"
in 14 reviews
"tide pools"
in 7 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 7 reviews
"national park"
in 8 reviews
"costa rica"
in 12 reviews
"both sides"
in 5 reviews
"sand bar"
in 4 reviews
"late afternoon"
in 3 reviews
"usd per person"
in 2 reviews
"day pass"
in 2 reviews
"bring sunscreen"
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"north side"
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"felt safe"
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"water shoes"
in 2 reviews
"main entrance"
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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 water or on the beach to block your view which was lovely. We walked out to the whales tail the following morning. Go early because it gets hot - but make sure to check what the tide schedule is because you can only walk out the whole way during low tide.

Thank csals17
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Reviewed 30 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 with that we decided to park further down the beach side...and for free. Then we walk up Playa Uvita with a stunning empty wild beach that extend for miles, up to the Whale tail shaped peninsula.
Heard and read before that some tourist got robbed while walking on this beach, but nothing happened for us. fortunately and looks like the authorities have taken some actions. We saw the Police on Quads and motorbikes riding along the beach

Guard at the entrance of the park must have had a rough journey, barely speaking english , only to insist on the price to pay (USD 8)
it is not about paying, it is also about having a reason to pay.
Costa Rica should charge tourist once for the parks entrance, What I found is that ANYTHING or ANYWHERE you wanna go...YOU HAVE to PAY and that s pityful.
Would I ever give another try? probably not until they decide to stop gauging tourists

2  Thank StephaneSassi
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Reviewed 22 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 mountain from the main road to find a good lookout). This said, it is pretty cool to walk on a beach where you have the ocean on both sides and it make for fun picture opportunities. Go early to avoid the crowds, take shoes as the rocks (the fin) are pretty rough and buy coconut ice cream from the lady’s shack at the entrance (DELICIOUS!). Overall a fun walk...

1  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 sun set we`ve seen in Costa Rica. The beach surroundings with the background of green hills is absolutely beautiful too.
If you like to snorkel the waters around the so called whale tail are in a calm weather a good spot to watch marine life - we`ve seen various species of fish and start fish.
There is a bit of downside when it comes to the traffic on the beach as this is a base for most of tours going on the ocean to spot whales or reach Corcovado so expect especially in the morning and later after noon a lot of boats starting or coming back.
Watch also the coconuts as there are a lot of palm trees boarding the beach.
In terms of wild life we have seen a lot of macaws, pelicans, iguana and even a wild cat but probably that was just a lucky spot not really something you would expect in such a populated place.
we really enjoyed the place and even with the 6 dollar fee is worth spending time there - especially if you can stay for the sunset.

Thank LaraKZ
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