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Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena

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There is a very convinient parking place 100 meters before the entrance of the park. At the... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2018
Silvia A
San Jose, Costa Rica
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Walk on Whale's Tail!!

I agree with many reviewers that this is a very long sandy beach that can get very hot!!! At the... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
Jim K
St. Catharines, Canada
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All reviews whale's tail entrance fee high tide sandy beach nice walk like bath water rip tides long beach great beach gentle waves paid parking long walk tidal pools drove down black olives well taken care palm trees
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Reviewed 28 October 2018

This park is fortunate to receive two annual migrations of whales, the Humpback Whale of the North visits the South Pacific Coast from December to March and the humpback whale of the South begins migration in July which ends in October.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LeondeOsa
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

There is a very convinient parking place 100 meters before the entrance of the park. At the entrance you pay the fee. There are restrooms and showers free to use. They are not well taken care of, but they do their job.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Silvia A
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Staff was incredible - super knowledgeable about the area, wildlife and very friendly. Ask for Marlin to help guide your tour!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jsmithirvine
Reviewed 1 August 2018

My husband and I had a spectacular time walking to the end of the point where the whale's tale is formed. It is amazing to watch the tide come in and see the beaches merge. The ocean water is so warm, almost hot. It is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Christine B
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

This was a great beach to explore. The water was clean and safe for swimming and the beach was gorgeous. It is a mix of locals and tourists at the beach. Parking is easy to come by and relatively inexpensive. Definitely recommend parking with someone...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank sv30matt
Reviewed 14 May 2018

I agree with many reviewers that this is a very long sandy beach that can get very hot!!! At the entrance to the park there are warnings about crocodiles in the shallow waters and pools at low tide,,,where do they go at high tide?? Be...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Jim K
Reviewed 1 April 2018

We went for a beautiful walk after our excursion to Corcovado Park which docked in the ocean nearby. It was low tide so we went for a walk to the tail. It was a great place to watch the sunset. Our children loved playing in...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank carolinenyc2015
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Endless pristine sandy beach. The walk out to the whale tail could be very hot because there is no shade. We walked out there at 7 am (trough of low tides) and stayed till just before noon. Gentle waves and clear waters. We went to...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank lakebeach
Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

There are several entrances to the Parque Nacional Ballena. You can go into all of them with the purchase of one on the same day! We where on one of the beaches closer to Ojochal and there where like 5 people total on the beach!...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank dglabmom
Reviewed 20 October 2017

While the beach was not the most beautiful I’ve seen in the world, it was great and well worth a visit if your goal is beach related activities vs. scenic attractions. The park as a whole is quite primitive in that there were no scenic...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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9 November 2016|
Response from joliej2014 |
Can walking to the tail view be easily done in an afternoon?