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“Even When the Whales Are Elsewhere...”

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: El Parque Nacional Marino Ballena se encuentra en el departamento de Puntarenas (Pacifico Central) es un hermoso parque de playa donde cuando la marea baja se une una isla al continente y forma la cola de una ballena. Tiene unas hermosas playas calidas y transparentes y una vegetacion agreste.
San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Even When the Whales Are Elsewhere...”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

...this is a good destination. Long, gentle beach(es), decent snorkeling, fascinating isthmus at low tide.

And bring all your anti-sun techniques, since you will be out in it for a while.

Hint: walk in the shade of the rainforest going out and back. Toucans-plus in these trees.

Visited May 2014
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Sugar Land, Texas
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32 reviews
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“Wonderful walk on the beach”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Jan 2014 - The 'Whale's Tail' was visible from our hotel so was ready to walk it at low tide the next morning. The parking is a way off the beach so prepare accordingly. We walked to the end of the Whale's Tail which is really broad during low tide. Turning around and walking back to the beach is beautiful with the mountains in the background. We walked quite a distance on the beach. For January being the high season, you could find a spot on the beach and feel like you were there alone. We did not stay for a picnic or lounge on the beach but saw others doing so.

Visited January 2014
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Anchorage, Alaska
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Stunning! Beauty everywhere!”
Reviewed 1 February 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went whale watching in the park and were fortunate enough to see a Humpback and calf. The boat ride was spectacular. We saw many marine birds; it was a gorgeous day for photographing. Our guide was wonderful.

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Alberta, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Wander Around and Explore”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

The "Whale's Tail" formation is best viewed from one of the lodges up the hill, but at close range and low tide you can walk the sand isthmus out to the rocks that form the tail. Snorkelling off the rocks is pretty good. As the tide comes in and covers the isthmus waves crash together from both directions,creating an opportunity for kayakers to get some air.

The beach is fine brown sand and one can wander further to avoid other people if solitude is what you want. There's plenty of room and places to explore. This isn't a beach to sit in a chair under a palapa (didn't see any of those!) but it's still a very worthwhile place to visit. Entry fee is $6 each. Parking is $2.

Visited December 2013
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Miami Beach
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117 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“An amazingly beautiful beach and setting”
Reviewed 24 January 2014

The setting at low tide of Parque National Marino Ballena is
nothing less than breathtaking...a composiiton of gray sand
contrasted with blue water with towering mountains and ocean
in every direction!!!
This truly is a very special place!

Visited January 2014
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