A few weeks ago, I took a trip down to Uvita and Marino Ballena National Park, a small town located between where I live in Manuel Antonio and the Osa Peninsula. This famous sandy beach has a gigantic reef that when at low tide, it’s shaped like the tail of a whale. It is also a sanctuary for marine mammals including whales, dolphins and turtles.
It’s a massive natural formation given to us by our beautiful earth. It’s quite stunning to see if flying over the area during low tide and on land, the rock formations are just as impressive as they come out of the shore at a diagonal angle (note: Teva mush flip flops are not recommended).
You have to visit the park at very low tide if you want to walk on the tail as it’s covered in water the rest of the time and it’s about a 15 minute leisurely walk from the entrance to the tail (so give yourself time!). The park has a palm tree-lined black sand beach and is set against a jungle landscape. Just like in Manuel Antonio…where the rainforest meets the sea.
I’d like to explore this area a bit more and visit the primary rainforest in the park as well as the mangroves. It’s also a great place in southwestern Costa Rica for birdwatchers. There is also a beach further south called Playa Ventanas (Windows Beach), equally stunning with caves that one can explore during low tide. So much to see and do here on the Rich Coast…