What makes a great beach? The short answer is a great beach depends on what you are looking for. Costa Ballena has an inviting mix of warm, brown sandy beaches and being well informed will ensure that you will find the beach that is perfect for your sunny day.
Negative Ions – The Invisible Healer
Odourless, tasteless, and invisible molecules, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy. So go ahead, get to the beach and take in a few deep breaths!
With the changing tides, beaches are transformed in a matter of hours, therefore you need to check the tide charts as they may determinewhere you go. At low tide, caves can be discovered, beaches can be walked for miles and swimmers can take advantage of softer waves. At high tide, beach lines disappear; yet the surfers and sports enthusiasts come out to play. Some beaches are rocky rimmed and others offer ample shade with relaxation areas, all prepared for your enjoyment. If you want to rinse off after you’ve been in the salty water, some beaches have small rivers nearby. Those beaches located in the National Parks offer showers and have picnic tables at your disposal. The most important beach rule is to be cautious upon entering the water; due to the Pacific wave action,many beaches have strong rip tides. Regarding rivers, please exercise caution as Costa Rica is home to many crocodiles and caiman. For swimmers and families, many safe options are available; being safe is a matter of being well informed. Ask around and locals will be glad to share their knowledge.
Here’s the list of Beaches from North to South:
- Playa Dominical >
- Playa Dominicalito >
- Playa Hermosa/Punta Achiote >
- Playa Uvita/Parque Nacional Marino Ballena/Playa Chaman/Playa Colonia >
- Playa Ballena >
- Playa Piñuelas >
- Playa Ventanas >
- Playa Tortuga/Isla Garza >
The most visited beach in Costa Ballena is the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. This is where the famous natural reef barrier, dubbed the Whale’s Tail is located. You can swim, walk, snorkel, kayak and more in the warm waters of the Pacific ocean where the humpback whale’s come to frolic twice a year. Learn more about the National Park in Uvita-Bahía >
Number of kilometers (almost 780 miles) of coastline along the Pacific!