Ballena Tales Magazine & Travel Guide, Issue #51
Costa Ballena, South Pacific Costa Rica, a golden destination
There are two roads to go to this golden destination: one from San José, road 34 (called Pacífca Fernández or the Southern Coastal Road), and another is road 243 from San Isidro, which is the northernmost city of the South Pacific. Both routes join in Dominical,at the Barú River bridge.
Open your car windows and drive as slowly as possible,so you can admire, on one side, the lush, green vegetation that goes parallel to the majestic river that’s is coming down the mountain. On the other side, be amazed by the riverbed spreading, and going directly into the ocean. A breath of air with salt and iodine will let you know that you have arrived. We recommend that your first stop be Dominical; walk on the boulevard along the beach. You will find restaurants nearby and a great amount of colorful souvenir stands. Also, night life here is really lively; there are several music shows at bars and restaurants.
Going on the Coastal Road towards Uvita (about 11 miles away), you can see the ocean, the beach, and amazing rock formations, such as “Roca de Amancio” (Amancio Rock). You will enjoy the large Hermosa Beach, which has lifeguards. FYI: for your own safety, please swim only near the lifeguard towers.
Uvita is developing quite fast; it is considered Costa Ballena’s mall, where everything you need is available.The “Feria” (Farmers’ Market) is very popular, and it takes place every Saturday morning; this is a great opportunity to mingle and interact with the locals. Go to Marino Ballena National Park, famous for its Whale Tail.
Keep going to Ojochal, a town where French is also spoken, since there are many French Canadians who settled there. This is a really quiet place, and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking.
In front of Tortuga Beach, 3 rivers merge, and there is also a cool view of Garza Island.Relax here! Go horseback riding all over town, enjoy our delicious gastronomy and live music!
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The Ballena Tales staff wish you, our advertisers, and our faithful readers Happy Holidays and prosperity for 2017.
Dagmar Reinhard, Editor
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Presenting the cities of Costa Ballena!
What to do, where to go, places to stay!
- Horseback Riding in Ojochal
- Restaurant Pura Vida
- Restaurant La Palapa at Cuna del Angel
- Adventure in Costa Ballena, South Pacific Costa Rica
Looking for maps or other print outs? We’ve got that too!
- Tide Charts
- Bus Schedules
- Important Phone Numbers
- Costa Ballena Map
- Dominical map
- Uvita map
- Ojochal map