Costa Ballena: The Whales Coast

whales-tale-costa-ballena (2)Our area offers a rich variety of natural phenomena, most famous in the area is the locally known “Whales Tale“ (Cola de Ballena), a naturally created peninsula in the shape of a whales tale. Yet this is not the main reason for which the area received its name, rather it is due to the three different species of whales that can be observed off our coast during most times of the year. They are the Pilot Whale, the Beaked Whale and the Humpback Whale.

whales-costa-ballenaFor most, it is the Humpback whale that is most impressive, and they migrate either from Alaska or from Antarctica to mate off the coasts of Costa Ballena. Individuals from the the southern hemisphere can be seen from August to December, and those from a northern hemisphere mate from December to April. These animals have been on the edge of extinction because of over-hunting, that is until a whaling freeze in 1966. It was in 1989, that the Ballena National Park was founded to protect them.

Every year, during the first three weekends of September 2015, the Whales and Dolphin Festival tales place. There are a host of activities such as whale-watching, beach runs, photography exhibits, concerts, food sales, and more.

For 2015 the dates are September 4-5-6, 12-13, 19-20

To book your Whale Watching tour, email us at



About the Writer Johanna Jaeger


Johanna is visiting Costa Rica from Germany. After having finished school, she wanted to see the world, learn another language and get insight as to becoming a travel writer, so she decided to go abroad as a volunteer with the organization “Planet Conservation”, that specializes in language exchange programs and volunteering programs in Costa Rica. Contact