South end of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Uvita de Osa - Photo by Martin Enserink

Costa Ballena: A Coastal Community

Costa Ballena is a close knit community made up of three coastal towns: Dominical, Uvita-Bahía and Ojochal. It is physically designated as the area from Río Baru until Boca Coronado. 

Playa Hermosa, Costa Ballena - Photo by Eric Manthey
Playa Hermosa, Costa Ballena – Photo by Eric Manthey

Dominical is where the surf’s up

An artsy surf town where the big river mouth meets the ocean. Big heavy waves are commonplace, as are the expert surfers who catch them. A stroll through town will only take about 20 minutes and it’s a great place to meet up with locals. 

Uvita-Bahía is a typical Costa Rican town

It is the bustling urban centre of Costa Ballena. All essential services can be found, as well as the famous Whales Tail at Marino Ballena National Park. Many families have settled in the area and enjoy a relaxed pace of rising with the sun and  planning their day in accordance to the rhythm of the changing tides – this is of course to get the maximum amount of everyone’s favourite beach time!

Ojochal is the furthest South

Other than the first few kilometres at the main entrance, the town is vastly spread out with residents in their mountain homes. Many retirees and snowbirds have found safe haven from the cold in their beautifully manicured works of art, they call gardens. It also hosts many fine dining options and is the gateway to the Osa Peninsula that opens up to Sierpe, Golfito, Pavones, and Drake.

What Not To Miss in Costa Ballena

Nauyaca Waterfall, top tier - Photo by David L Mahler
Nauyaca Waterfall, top tier – Photo by David L Mahler

Do go chasing waterfalls

The best time to visit a waterfall is during the Green Season! You will witness the sheer power of Gaia shooting over rock cliffs hitting what lies below, awakening your senses and washing your worries away. The fully charged negative ions will invigorate your body and spirit, take a dip in the refreshing cool and clean waters.

Green parrot - Photo by Denise Johnson Shreve
Green parrot – Photo by Denise Johnson Shreve

Do be amazed by the wildlife

Considered the most biological place on earth, Costa Rica is exploding with mammals, insects, reptiles and even undiscovered species that humanity has yet to discover. You cannot go to Costa Rica and not see some form of wildlife, so go ahead enjoy in awe and let yourself be free just like the animals you see in the jungle canopy!

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