Bahia Ballena – Whale Watching in Costa Rica
The Ballena Marine National Park is one of the most unique places in Costa Rica, especially for Whale Watching. Located near the coast along the Central Pacific coast in southern Puntarenas, the Ballena Marine National Park protects more than 13,000 hectares of ocean and 9 miles of coastline. It consists of mangrove forests, coral reefs and pristine beaches, being one of the most sought after by visitors who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The park is named after the humpback whales that migrate to the region between August and November (northbound from Antarctica) and from December to April (southbound from Alaska) every year. With the migration of whales almost all year round it is a great place for whale watching . The area was declared a national park in 1989 in order to protect the creatures that migrated here for breeding and animal feed. Even the area is shaped like a whale’s tail if you look at it from above! The Ballena Marine National Park spans 110 hectares of land and 5,375 hectares of sea. There are approximately 85 endemic species in the waters of this area.
The landscape of the Ballena Marine National Park varies depending on the tide. When the tide is low, travelers can walk to Punta Uvita, which makes up the tail of the whale. Rock formations appear approximately 1 kilometer from the shore. Being one of the most important and unusual formations of the earth, the whale tail of Punta Uvita is a must for travelers.
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