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Ballena Tales is a Magazine and Travel Guide for the South Pacific region of Costa Rica based in Uvita on the Costa Ballena since 2008. It connects companies of Costa Ballena and Osa - South Pacific with the rest of Costa Rica and the world. We are a multi-lingual and multi-professional team and are proud of our open and long-standing cooperation with national and international partners.

In Ballena Tales Magazine & Travel Guide you will find useful and entertaining information about sights, hotels, restaurants, bars, lifestyle, wildlife and adventure of the Osa Peninsula and Costa Ballena.


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Stay off the Rocks!

Stay off the Rocks! by Nate Bright The Guardavidas Costa Ballena Lifeguards are a community funded lifeguard program that protects three of our local beaches: Playa Dominical to the north, Playa Hermosa near Uvita and Playa Ventanas to the south near Ojochal. In 2017, we rescued more than 60 people, and gave out 1,000’s of […]

Giant Beautiful Kapok at Hacienda Barú Wildlife Refuge

Giant Beautiful Kapok at Baru Wildlife Refuge

Giant Beautiful Kapok By Jack Ewing The most noteworthy old tree that has passed on at Hacienda Barú was an enormous old kapok or ceibo tree (Ceiba pentandra). It once dominated the skies near what is today the El Ceibo Service Station. Its familiar form, tall straight trunk and umbrella top, was a well-known landmark […]

Jardines del Sol

A Vibrant Community In Uvita

A Vibrant Community In Uvita by Tim Fenton Located west of the Rincon in Uvita is the vibrant and modern community of Jardines del Sol. This master planned community will feature 14 titled homes, meticulously built with full block construction and tastefully finished using high-end materials. There are two home plans available for sale in […]

Why Costa Rica?

Costa Rica feels like home. For me, it is the focus on family, the sense of community, warmth of the people and the beauty of the land. It is also the meaningful friendships we have made here with people from all over the world. I began to wonder, why do other expats come here? To […]

HELODERMA Venomous Lizards of the Americas

The beaded lizards and Gila monsters from the genus Heloderma are the only lizards in the Americas capable delivering a venomous bite. They have venom glands in their lower jaws, not like venomous snakes where they are located in the upper mandible. The lizards have to chew in the flesh of their victims to deliver […]

Here we grow again!

Here we grow again! We would like to introduce Chris Schauer, the newest member of the RE/MAX We Sell Paradise team. Chris is originally from California with a background in real estate and information technology. His real estate experience includes working in the past as both a licensed real estate appraiser and licensed real estate broker […]

Saul Morales borucan artist, looking with eyes closed.

Looking with eyes closed

Looking with eyes closed Saúl Morales is a professor of Visual Arts and Communication. He spent considerable time in museums studying pre-Columbian art and in European and African schools. For 4 years he has made transcriptions and analysis of the Brünca language, as well as aesthetic analogies of pre-Columbian art to manifest a contemporary form […]

Frida is an owl moinkeyliving happily at the wildlife sanctuary

Frida – The Owl Monkey

Frida is living happily at the wildlife sanctuary By Shawn Kay Frida is an owl monkey who arrived at the Sanctuary in December 2016 after being confiscated from the illegal pet trade. Owl monkeys (also known as “night” monkeys) are not native to Costa Rica. In the wild, they are found primarily in Panama, Columbia, […]

Frida the owl monkey, Costa Rica Vacacations

South Pacific Costa Rica Magazine and Travel Guide, Ballena Tales Issue #59

South Pacífic Costa Rica Magazine and Travel Guide, Issue #59   Dear ReaderWe have selected so many delicious pieces of writing for you, which will make it difficult to choose which one to read first. So enjoy! Our summer is in full fruition presenting a thousand interesting things to do apart from hanging out at […]

Fusion Restaurant

Fusion Restaurant ~ by Annie Drake The blending of culinary worlds A combination of exceptional food and the efforts of a fantastic couple came together to create Restaurant Fusion. Raquel Chinchilla Lopez and Steven Varela Jiménez met at work in the House of Volunteers of the National Parks in San Isidro. Steven’s family owns an […]