A Day at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

We spent a day at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (Marino Ballena National Park) in Uvita over the Christmas holidays. It’s a beautiful national park located on the Costa Ballena (South Pacific Coast) of Costa Rica about 3 hours from our place in Atenas or 3.5 hours from San José.

The park is famous for migrating humpback whales and also for the ‘whale tail,’ a natural formation which appears at low tide when a sandbar is exposed and connects the mainland with some rocky formations just offshore so that it looks like a whale tail.

After checking the tide charts, we decided to check it out with Mom and Dad and enjoyed a few hours on the beautiful palm-fringed beach. It was quite a hike to get to the sandbar from where we parked and no shade of course so we lathered on the sunscreen and hoped for the best.

Using Alice’s shirt as a hat to avoid burning my scalp!
The trials of fair-skinned boy in Costa Rica.

Beautiful vistas and beach fun.

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We also enjoyed treasure hunting for sand dollars and other beach creatures.

Dad professing his love once again to Mom. awwwww

Here was our perspective from the beginning of the sandbar looking out at the ‘tail’. Can you see it? 🙂

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All that exertion deserved a cold beer and a seriously delicious BBQ lunch at Lone Star BBQ & Grill in Uvita which didn’t disappoint.

On our next visit we are hoping to see some whales, maybe even some nesting turtles and discover the little nearby surf town of Dominical! We’re realizing once again that there’s never enough time, but so thankful for the time we do have here in Costa Rica.

 

2 thoughts on “A Day at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

  1. Chrysandra Spiceland January 19, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your posts with me. I truly enjoy reading about your life in Costa Rica. I always thought about you every time Boston had snow and was concerned about your safety. Now I think about you when Boston has snow and am tremendously happy that you do not have to face the perilous winter weather. Forever grateful, Sandy

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    • csolle24 January 19, 2018 / 3:52 pm

      Hi Sandy, Haha! Yes, we are happy to avoid the snow this winter too. I saw Atlanta had some crazy weather recently too and hope you stay safe. Take care and stay well! -Cara

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