The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific

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  • 1. Ballena National Marine Park


    Named for the whales who use this area as a nursery, the park has four separate Blue Flag beaches stretching for about 10 km (6 miles) and...Read More

  • 2. Playa Uvita


    At the northern end of Ballena National Marine Park, wide, palm-fringed Playa Uvita stretches out along a tombolo (a long swath of sand) connecting...Read More

  • 3. Finca 6 Museum of the Spheres


    About an hour from Uvita, you can learn about the mystery of Costa Rica's pre-Columbian spheres—massive, perfectly round stones uncovered in...Read More

  • 4. Oro Verde Private Nature Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    You'll find excellent bird-watching and hiking in this nature preserve, uphill from the Costanera. Family-run, the property has well-groomed...Read More

  • 5. Playa Ballena


    This lovely strand is backed by lush vegetation and is fairly easy to get to from the main highway, along a short, bumpy dirt road. Gas and...Read More

  • 6. Playa Colonia


    This beach is safe for swimming and has a view of rocky islands, which you can visit by kayak. The access road is a well-graded dirt road. There...Read More

  • 7. Playa Piñuela


    Nestled in a deep cove with views of small islands, tiny Playa Piñuela is the prettiest, and many times the most private, of the Ballena National...Read More

  • 8. Playa Ventanas


    This scenic beach has interesting tidal caves, popular for sea kayaking. Coconut palms edge the beach, which is sometimes pebbly, with quite...Read More

  • 9. Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge


    Ride the range on a 1,250-acre property combining forest and pasture ($55) or gallop along the beach at sunset on horseback ($60). Explore the...Read More

  • 10. Uvita Market


    From 8 am to noon on Saturday, the place to be is this combination farmers' market and weekly gathering place for locals. About 20 vendors show...Read More

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