Marino Ballena National Park
Marino Ballena National Park is named after the Humpback Whales that migrate here each year from December to April to mate before returning to the frigid waters to the north.
Playas Uvita and Ballena are relatively unvisited stretches of white and golden sand. Green marine iguanas (iguana verde) bask in the sun between dives to feed on the algae growing on the rocks and coral. Between the beaches are areas of mangrove habitat.
The largest coral reef on the Pacific Coast of Central America forms a crescent necklace with the three small islands known as Las Tres Hermanas (three sisters) and Ballena island as the center piece. The park stretches from the southern end of Playa Hermosa to the northern end of Playa Piñuela and about 9 miles (15 km) seaward.
Especially at low tide, snorkeling is good from the shore, and dive trips are available to the islands. Beach combing is rewarding here, especially when the water recedes far enough to allow you to walk out to Punta Uvita Tombolo, the small island that is slowly being reclaimed to the land as sand and debris deposit to form a land bridge.
Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles can be seen laying their eggs on night visit to the beach between May and November. The largest numbers arrive on the waning moon usually in September. Please respect the turtles. Marino Ballena is not as closely monitored or regulated as some of the more famous nesting sites, and you may find yourself alone on the beach. Please do not use unshielded flashlights, camera flashes, make loud noises, or approach too closely. The turtles have worked very hard to get to the beach, don't scare them away.See more events in this venue
DescriptionBest Fest is an international music festival that takes place on the shores of Marino Ballena National Park in Costa Ballena Costa Rica. To one side lies the warm vibrant waters of the Pacific ocean while pristine jungle covered mountains enclose it on all others. This idyllic location makes for a one of a kind venue where this Costa Rica Music Festival and nature will conspire to produce epic times that will be emblazoned on the attendees memories forever. Best Fest is held at one of the most beautiful places on the planet. We invite you to experience world class music while surrounded by thousands of plant species, alien like reptiles, silly amphibians, exotic wildlife, hundreds of bird species, and other amazing creatures that call Costa Rica home. Yes, the picture above was taken from the venue at low tide. Our location is EPIC.
Costa BallenaThere are hidden treasures throughout the Costa Ballena region. Rushing rivers, majestic waterfalls, sun drenched beaches, and jungle covered mountains that drop right into the Pacific Ocean are all found in this natural paradise. Costa Ballena translated to english means ”Coast of the Whale” and was named this by locals because of the whales that mate off the coast of Costa Ballena all but 3 months a year. The Best Fest venue lies along the shores of Marino Ballena National Park which is the only underwater marine park in Costa Rica.
: Costa Rica Travel Guide