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Coastal Treasures in Costa Ballena

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 the Río Baru until Boca Coronado. Dominical is a sleepy surf town where a big river mouth meets the ocean. Big heavy waves are commonplace. Uvita-Bahía is the bustling urban centre where essential services can be found as well as the famous Whales Tail National Park. Ojochal is the most removed and slow paced among the three where many retirees have found safe haven.

As well we have ample natural attractions to be discovered and the wildlife is abundant! Here are a few animals and mammals you may easily spot while visiting our coast.

Scarlet Macaws

You know you have reached the beach when you hear the squawk of this brilliantly beautiful bird. Normally flying in pairs, this noisy duo tends to hang out in the almond trees.

Whales

Easily spotted from the coast, the majestic Humpback Whales grace us with their annual presence, migrating either from Alaska or Antarctica they some to mate off the coast of Costa Ballena. The southern hemisphere whales can be seen from August to December, and those from the northern hemisphere mate from December to April.

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Nesting has now started as of mid-July, and will happen until the first week of December. You can go with the Reserva Playa Tortuga to release newly hatched baby turtles into the Ocean at Playa Tortuga. It’s a unique experience that you must try once in your life.

Tapirs & Big Cats

Roam where the wild things are. More and more, these mammals are spotted with the aid of a guide in Corcovado National Park. Osa Peninsula is considered one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. Hiking trails and day trips are a great way to explore untouched nature.

White Faced Monkeys

Do you hear or see leaves rustling above? Chances are there is a troop of monkeys eating away above you. Look up, can you spot them? Also called capuchin, these small primates are widely recognized as the most intelligent New World monkey.

Map of Costa Ballena where to find wildlife - Costa Pacifica LIVING

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