The Marino Ballena National Park is located in the county of Osa, Puntarenas, and it was established in Costa Rica on December 14, 1989, via executive decree. Its area is 110 hectares of land and 5,375 marine hectares.
This park is known to receive in certain seasons of the year thousands of visitors who come to watch the humpback whales during their journey to reproduction. They migrate from the cold waters of the north to Costa Rica (approximate dates are from December to April) and from the cold seas of the south to Costa Rica (approximate dates are from July to November) to our warm waters.
Most of the park is maritime, but it also has within it protected areas with a number of beautiful beaches that attract tourists from all over the country and even outside it. Among these may beaches are Playa Ballena, Playa Bahía Uvita and Playa Piñuelas.
Among the activities that can be performed around this national park are: horseback riding, swimming or just going for a walk along the beach. Also snorkeling, which is one of the most desirable activities to enjoy along with visits to the mangroves, because you can see a variety of species such as green marine iguanas and hawksbill turtles.
It is important to mention that, within the limits that are within the protected area of the park, it is forbidden to hunt any marine or terrestrial species that dwell there.