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The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Sights

Whale Marine National Park (Parque Nacional Marino Ballena)

  • Entrance at Playa Uvita, about 20 km (20 miles) south of Dominical Map It
  • Uvita
  • Beach–Sight
  • Fodor's Choice

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Named for the whales who use this area as a nursery, the park has four separate beaches stretching for about 10 km (6 miles) and encompasses a mangrove estuary, a remnant coral reef, and more than 12,350 acres of ocean, home to tropical fish, dolphins, and humpback whales. Playa Uvita is the most popular sector of the park, with the longest stretch of beach and shallow waters calm enough for kids. Restaurants line the road to the Playa Uvita park entrance, but there are no food concessions within the park. Access to each of the four beaches—from north to south, Uvita, Colonia, Ballena, and Piñuela—is off the Pan-American Highway. For more information, see the highlighted listing in this chapter.

Sight Information


Entrance at Playa Uvita, about 20 km (20 miles) south of Dominical, Uvita, 60504, Costa Rica

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Sight Details:

  • $12
  • Daily 6–5


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