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The Marino Ballena National Park is comprised of sandy beaches (playa Uvita, playa Arco, playa Ballena, and playa Piñuelas), rocky shorelines, cliffs, islands, mangrove ecosystems, rock and coral reefs. The Marino Ballena National Park contains coral species making it one of the best snorkeling places to observe corals of the central-south pacific of Costa Rica.

It is named after the humpback whales that migrate from mid July and October, and again in December through March from feeding and mating grounds in the north and south hemispheres to the warm tropical waters of Costa Rica. There are some dolphin species that are found such as: the Bottle Nosed Dolphin, the common dolphin, Rough Toothed Dolphin, Pantropical.

How to get there from Villas Rio Mar?

By Car

Along the Costanera Sur to Uvita, from Villas Rio Mar it is just 18 kilometers just after Uvita turn to your right, then straight ahead about 8-15 minutes along a paved road to the park’s entrance.

Villas Rio Mar offers a half-day tour to Marino Ballena; book in advance with our activity center info@villasriomar.com

What to bring: sun block, insect repellent, sandals, binoculars, hat, swimsuit, towel, camera and plastic bags for your camera.

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