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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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

Beach was lovely . Great for surfers and boarders . Also could enjoy the sun on the sandy beach or move back to shade

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
deso2man
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Uvita, Costa Rica

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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466 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 what it is. The beach was nice but most all beaches are beautiful along this... More 

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Uvita, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beach was lovely . Great for surfers and boarders . Also could enjoy the sun on the sandy beach or move back to shade

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Parksville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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, he is extremely knowledgeable in the area and speaks fluent English.). Geovanny took us up... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
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 views of the jungle covered mountains from the beach is as spectacular as the beach... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Low tide in late afternoon, a sunset walk across the sand bar of the Whale's tail and a tiny bit of snorkelling capped a perfect day in Uvita. Check the tide charts and visit at low tide. Spectacular

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State College, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

Low tide, beach is wide, great to walk on. Keep your flip flops with you because the sand does get very hot. When tide is low can walk to end of whale tail. Palm trees line the beach. Find one to relax under.

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Thunder Bay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Shallow for the kids. Gentle waves. A very long beach to walk 4-5 kms. Nice place to spend the morning.

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Sundsvall, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Amazing beach. Huge, unspoiled, fantastic sand and you can walk so far you almost need a taxi to get to where you started from. Add to this the famous whale tail and you have something special to see. Make sure you catch low tide though. Low priced park with access to a number of beaches. If you go by marino... More 

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Fergus Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

The park costs $6 US for a day pass that can be used at all the parks on the same day. The beach is large and sandy after climbing down over smooth rocks. We saw monkies and a scarlett macaw and many other birds. The water was warm, cleand and clear with waves .

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

Incredibly beautiful beach with world's largest sandbar -- the Whale's Tale. Try and go at low tide for it is usually only time you can walk to the end of the tale (although very difficult rocks along both "fins"). Understand good snorkeling in the southern side cove. Great place for walk or sunning.

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