There are hidden treasures throughout the area known as Costa Ballena – "Coast of the Whale" — named for the whales that visit region each year. We invite you to embark on your own exploration of a true paradise waiting to be discovered.
Among the many treasures of the Costa Ballena, one can find a variety of landscapes, microclimates, hidden paths, brightly colored flora and pristine beaches bathed in sunlight and sea. Our tropical sanctuaries are home to numerous plants and animals only indigenous to this part of the world. Foot trails lead through primary rainforests where there are birds with a great spectrum of colors singing beautifully, and where one can find many various species of mammals and insects.
Virgin beaches, beautiful mangroves beaming with life, flowing rivers, towering forests, mysterious sea caves, cascading waterfalls, sun drenched islands, and palm tree-lined coasts offer an abundance of choices for relaxation and adventure. Costa Ballena welcomes you to experience many educational national parks and biological reserves in its area.
Start your day with a refreshing ocean swim in Dominical, the entrance to Costa Ballena. Surf the rad waves or soak in a natural tidal pool. Travel south down the coast through Dominicalito and Playa Hermosa where you will find great stretches of both rocky and sandy beaches. Spot and enjoy the view of sea turtles and migrating whales and dolphins who make Ballena Marine National Park their home. Visit the park, just past Uvita, where during low tide you can walk out to the point that forms a natural whale’s tail shape!
Discover and enjoy water sports such as surfing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, rafting, or sports fishing. Go farther south to Ojochal, another beautiful area close to beaches but hidden in the nature, which you can explore on horse back or ATV. You will find beautiful waterfalls and stunning views. Be sure to try out at least one of the excellent restaurants in Dominical, Uvita, or Ojochal. There are calmer waters to be found at the Terraba and Sierpe Rivers. Here one can kayak and observe birds as well as different species of monkeys, reptiles, such as the crocodile, and all the plants found in this ecosystem.
Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
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