Costa Ballena is thought to begin in the town of Dominical and continues south including the towns of Dominical, Uvita and Ojochal. Costa Ballena translates to “Whale Coast.” This stretch of coastline got its name because every year large populations of whales, dolphins and other marine life migrate to the area and can be observed from the shoreline. The humpback whales migrate to the area to mate between the months of December and April.
Perhaps just as interesting, is the large formation of sand and rock which creates an iconic whale’s tail formation within the Marino Ballena National Park. This is a naturally occurring phenomenon, at the precise location the whales migrate to each year.
The Costa Ballena is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline with mountains and pristine jungle as high as 2000 feet tall dropping steeply down to meet the shores. The proximity of the mountains to the coast make for some of the most dramatically beautiful views you can find.
The area is also known for marine life biodiversity and coral reef. There are many fish species that live in the reef on this stretch of coastline in addition to the larger marine life that frequents the area during migrations.
Sea turtles can be found frequently nesting along the beaches in this area. There are many local efforts to protect the sea turtles from poachers and declining populations. Turtle Sanctuaries educate the youth and get the local community involved by teaching them how to recognize turtle nests and create and nurture optimal conditions for the nest and eggs and release of baby turtles. Costa Ballena is also home to many species of sloths, monkeys, toucans, iguanas, and scarlet macaws.
All the beaches along this stretch of coastline are different and unique providing great opportunities for a variety of activities such as fishing, snorkeling, surfing, hiking, kayaking, exploring waterfalls, and enjoying the natural beauty all around.