BallenaCosta Rica

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Visit Ballena

Secluded Ballena is calling! Discover its jungle, cocktail bars, zip-lining, and more.

Explore the quiet city of Ballena—wildlife, swimming, and popular sights from Tortuga Beach to Uvita Beach.

Top Hotels in Ballena

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Villas Rio Mar
Villas Rio Mar
3 out of 5
Dominical Beach, Ballena, Puntarenas
$86
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located by the ocean, this family-friendly hotel is 5.5 mi (8.9 km) from Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and 9.6 mi (15.4 km) from Nauyaca Waterfalls. Marino Ballena ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (218 reviews)

"The grounds are beautuful. The staff were so posotive and helpful in the dining room frint desk etc. The food was very good and reasinabky priced. The pool was beautiful. Also the resort is so close to Dominical we loved the walk there too. Its a very peaceful natural setting and the grounds are ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Villas Rio Mar
Oxygen Jungle Villas
Oxygen Jungle Villas
4.5 out of 5
1.5 KM Noroeste del catarata, 4x4 vehicle ONLY, Ballena, Puntarenas
$399
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Situated in the mountains, this luxury resort is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Catarata uvita and within 6 mi (10 km) of Uvita Beach and Marino Ballena National Park. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (184 reviews)

"In the middle of the jungle, close to beaches waterfalls supermarkets etc Excellent place to relax and chill"…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Oxygen Jungle Villas
Hotel Diuwak
Hotel Diuwak
3 out of 5
Frente a las oficinas del ICE, Ballena, Puntarenas
$78
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Playa Dominicalito and within 6 mi (10 km) of Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Linda Beach. Playa Hermosa ...

3.9/5Good! (83 reviews)

"The room was clean, the property was beautiful, and the staff was helpful in booking a taxi for us."…"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

Hotel Diuwak

Popular things to do in Ballena

Ventanas Beach
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Ventanas Beach

4/5(21 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Ventanas Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Ballena. Wander the rainforest in this relaxing area.

Catarata uvita
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Catarata uvita

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Catarata uvita during your travels in Ballena. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this relaxing area.

Manuel Antonio National Park
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Manuel Antonio National Park

4.5/5(426 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Manuel Antonio National Park, a popular green space in Manuel Antonio. Wander the beautiful beaches and lush rainforest in the area.

Marino Ballena National Park
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Marino Ballena National Park

4.5/5(64 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Marino Ballena National Park, a popular green space in Dominical. While you're in the area, stroll along the beaches.

Uvita Beach
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Uvita Beach

4.5/5(69 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Uvita Beach, a popular beach in Ballena. While you're in the area, wander around the parks.

Punta Uvita
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Punta Uvita

4.5/5(34 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Punta Uvita might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Dominical. While you're in the area, wander around the parks.

Top activities in Ballena

Full Day SouthBound Waterfalls
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Full Day SouthBound Waterfalls

$135

Tour consists of 5 waterfalls, swimming holes, optional morning harder hike, low impact hiking and beautiful sunset: Portalon / Portasol Jungle Hike to Waterfall (optional) /Swimming Hole / Bird Watch / Wildlife, Natural Waterslide Waterfall / Swimming Holes, Pavon Waterfalls / Swimming Holes, Tilapia Farm / Tropical Garden, Homemade lunch by river in the jungle (Optional), Isolated Beach / (Hammocks, Frisbee, Futbol) and Sunset.

Full Day Eco-Chontales Waterfalls & Spectacular Beaches 4x4
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Full Day Eco-Chontales Waterfalls & Spectacular Beaches 4x4

$135

Ecochontales Waterfalls is one of the most impressive waterfalls In and around the central pacific. We will pick you up from your house or hotel, drive up to the mountains from Sea level to over 1800 ft in Perez Zeledon.

Full Day Nauyaca Waterfalls & Spectacular Beaches (4x4)
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Full Day Nauyaca Waterfalls & Spectacular Beaches (4x4)

$135

This tour begins driving down the coast stopping at a isolated beautiful palm tree lined beach Playa Linda, then stop at the surf town dominical where we stop and grab a coffee or smoothie then stroll down the beach front cobble stone road where you can do a bit of shopping and or check out the surfers in their element.

Whitewater Rafting on the Savegre River with Breakfast & Lunch
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Whitewater Rafting on the Savegre River with Breakfast & Lunch

$97

Ride down the rapids of the Savegre River on this guided whitewater rafting tour in the heart of the Manuel Antonio wilderness. Enjoy the thrilling adventure of meandering downstream as your raft dips and twists over adrenaline-pumping rapids, joined by an expert guide to ensure a safe journey.

Whitewater Rafting on the Savegre River with Lunch
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Whitewater Rafting on the Savegre River with Lunch

$118

Set out for a rip-roaring watery adventure in the wilderness with a white-knuckled ride through the rapids of the Savegre River. Off-road through the rainforest, paddle through the roiling waters of the river, and reward yourself with a delicious and authentic Costa Rican lunch in a rural village.

Rental Boards Responsive
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Rental Boards Responsive

$15

The best surf school to rent surfboards in Uvita. surfing Uvita has a wide variety of boards for rent for different levels sizes and shapes. We have the perfect surfboards for beginners surfers at the best price in Uvita.

Reviews of Ballena

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Paula

Jan 20, 2020

I truly recommend. Gorgeous country with very friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Do everything in your power to preserve this area - its wonderful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 23, 2019

Whale watching excursion was very enjoyaable

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 22, 2019

Small town. Many dirt roads. Kind of dark. Not a lot to do, but there is a good restaurant La fogata. Primary activities are whale and dolphin watching tours. Wasn't impressed with the beach at all. Stick and debris all over. Use sunscreen!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 5, 2019

Food in Uvita was excellent and if you are visiting anywhere I recommend going to the Nauyaca Waterfalls (but make sure you pay for the truck ride as it's miles of hiking over rough terrain vs. a 30 minute ride)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 28, 2019

Ballena is so beautiful. We visited during the wet season and it is a great time to experience the rainfall and see many different animals. If you fly into SJO, there is a Walmart store and you can purchase anything including bottle water.