Beaches of Costa Bellena
Welcome to Costa Ballena, the entrance to the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica. From Dominical to Ojochal the region of Costa Ballena is unique and sets it apart from anywhere else in the country; this is where the mountains meet the sea. Home to an enchanting mix of visitors and residents which include; Costa Rican locals, Americans, Canadians and Europeans who have discovered the region’s warm local character and eco-adventures.
Discovering the beaches of Costa Ballena -Small and secluded or endless and empty, dark or light sand, with gigantic waves or soft currents; these are the beaches of Costa Ballena. An overview of the most visited and most beautiful:
Dominical is the access point by land for the rest of Costa Ballena. Its infrastructure stretches along a long dirt road that ends at a beach famous for its great surfing. As at any beach, ask about the swimming conditions and possible rip currents before taking your first dip. Due to its strong currents and undertow, it is the only beach that has lifeguards on duty.
Playa Dominicalito has calm waters, complemented by beautiful scenery with rows of coconut palms that line this small secluded beach.
Playa Hermosa is a 3 mile beach that borders to the north of the "Whales’ Tail" great for surfing, fishing and strolling; live Ridley and Hawksbill turtles can be seen laying their eggs on night visits to the beach between May and November. The largest numbers of these amazing creatures arrive on the waning moon usually in September. Please respect the turtles.
Playa Uvita is one of the most beautiful beaches in the region, offering the chance to trek around the illustrious "Whales’ Tail" (or "Tómbolo" in spanish), which can be seen only during low tide. It also has many restaurants and bars in its vicinity.
Playa Arco is a small lost paradise of waterfalls, wildlife and soft sands, ideal for lovers in search of tranquility.
Playa Ballena is located in the heart of Ballena Marine National Park, where it is often possible to walk for miles upon its endless beaches without spotting another person.
Playa Piñuelas has calm waters and marine caves that form a petite bay, ideal for kayaking and swimming. Very early in the morning, it is common to see fishermen going about their daily chores.
Playa Ventanas is a rustic beach that boasts rock formations with huge caves that may be explored during low tide. It has a small bay, perfect for swimming.
Playa Tortuga boasts gray sands ideal for long walks that are enriched by panoramic views and a sunset that will leave you speechless. The beach is part of the Térraba river mouth, and during September and October different species of marine turtles go there to lay their eggs.