Ballena National Marine Park
Size: 110 hec. of beach and coast & 5,400 hec. of sea.
Distance from San José: 192 kilometers.
Dry Season: January through March.
This is one of the newest national parks in Costa Rica. It was in an attempt to identify the marine resources of the Southern Pacific region that are under siege and to save from over-fishing and uncontrolled tourism development. This is a diver, snorkeler’s and beachcomber Park. It includes open ocean, islands and sea to the high water mark. Included in this area are Isla Ballena and Rocas Tres Hermanas, two other interesting deep sea diving sites in Costa Rica. Several rocky points offer snorkeling and tide-pooling opportunities. Several beautiful beaches are secluded in the park, including Playa Ballena and Arco Beach.
The park takes its name from the Spanish word for whale ballena. Several species of whales in or near the park have been reported, including melon headed whales, common striped, spinner dolphins, and sperm whales. More kinds are sure to be documented here, since a more comprehensive study of them be carried out. None of these species have regular migration patterns are known so far, so they see a chance.
This park is home to the southernmost migration point of the humpback whale, an endangered mammal 15 to 16 meters long, of which only around 5,000 remain in the world. Ballena was created in order to protect Bahia Coronado’s coral reefs and rocks, as well as the migrating whales, which can be observed from December to April and from August to November. The coastal environment attracts colorful birds, and its rich waters are enticing to divers. Visitor services include information, trails, signage, restrooms and drinking water.
This park is home to the southernmost point of the migration for the humpback whale, an endangered mammal 15 to 16 feet long, of which only about 5,000 in the world. Ballena was created to protect Bahia Coronado coral reefs and rocks, and the migration of whales, which can be observed from December to April and from August to November. The coastal environment attracts colorful birds, and its rich waters are enticing for divers. Visitor services include information, trails, signage, restrooms and drinking water.