The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific

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  • 1. Ballena National Marine Park

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    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

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    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. Playa Ballena

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    Playa Ballena, 4 km (2½ miles) from Playa Colonia, is a lovely strand backed by lush vegetation and fairly easy to get to from the main highway...Read More

  • 4. Playa Colonia

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    Playa Colonia, 2 km (1¼ miles) south of Playa Uvita along the Costanera Highway, has a safe swimming beach with a view of rocky islands, which...Read More

  • 5. Playa Dominical

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    Long, flat, and rarely crowded, Playa Dominical is good for beachcombing among all the flotsam and jetsam that the surf washes up onto the brown...Read More

  • 6. Playa Dominicalito

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    About 1 km (½ mile) south of Playa Dominical, this wide beach is usually calmer and more suited to boogie boarding and beginner surfers. There...Read More

  • 7. Playa Pavones

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    Driving along remote Playa Pavones, one of the most scenic beaches in Costa Rica, you catch glimpses through the palms of brilliant blue water...Read More

  • 8. Playa Piñuela

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    Tiny Playa Piñuela is the prettiest of the Ballena National Marine Park beaches, nestled in a deep cove with views of small islands. It’s not...Read More

  • 9. Playa Ventanas

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    Just 1½ km (1 mile) south of Ballena National Marine Park, off the Costanera Highway, you'll find a scenic beach with interesting tidal caves...Read More

  • 10. Playa Zancudo

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    For laid-back beaching involving hammocks strung between palms and nothing more demanding than watching the sunset, you can't beat breezy Playa...Read More

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