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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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I want to share a big win with you, three actually. For years the Lifeguards have relied on many small donations from the community. Our first big win was when the Mayor of Osa pushed through four of eight salaries making the Municipality a true partner in the program. The second big win happened when […]Continue reading
In Sunday, April 8, 2018 more than two hundred visitors attended the first ever Perez Zeledón Quilt Exhibition. Sixteen passionate multinational PZ competitors, from beginner level to seasoned professionals, exhibited over 70 quilt pieces in the Best Western Hotel Zima Salon which was transformed into a bilingual art gallery. On display were traditional pieced and […]Continue reading
Yoga is a practice with a fundamental intention of finding internal freedom; it wants to bring us to our natural state, similar to a young child present, in the moment, enjoying life for what it is. Children experience their emotions and move on, not holding on to their anger, resentment or sadness. Their bodies are […]Continue reading
Eden Adventure Hostel and Community Center is a new project located in the old Badilla Cancha synthetica soccer field in Bahia Uvita. Mr Badilla built for the community in 2013, but it was closed down last year. The new tenants Kelvin Vasquez and Doug Davis hope that the latest use of the facility will have […]Continue reading
Apart from an excellent workout, Zumba is fun. Grooving to the beats of salsa, flamenco, and merengue music feels more like a dance party than exercise. It is not necessary to be a great dancer to feel welcome in a Zumba class. You’ll get a great cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens your core, and […]Continue reading
Welcome to the iRescue Wildlife sanctuary, a shelter with a different mission from any other wildlife refuge in Costa Rica. While most sanctuaries are focused on the very important work of returning rehabilitated wildlife to the jungle, at Irescue we are dedicated to an equally important but very different mission, providing lasting care and housing for […]Continue reading
JJ Properties CR, a familiar face in the Real Estate and Construction Community, has opened an office in Uvita in the new Cabinas Gato Office Complex. In 2004, Juan Carlos Mejias and his good friend Juan Manuel Gomez (known as Colombia) began a Realty and Home Development office in Platanillo, naming the company JJ after […]Continue reading
In 1991 Virginie and her parents emigrated from Canada to start a new life in the South of Costa Rica, in a small town called Ojochal. Virginie remembers that she was the only foreign girl in her school where she had to learn Spanish mandatorily. A pastime that she had enjoyed in Canada was to […]Continue reading
RE/MAX We Sell Paradise is proud of Jeffry Carmona, an important member of our sales team for over the past 3 years.Jeffry offers “home-town” knowledge, having being born and raised in the South Pacific zone of Costa Rica. He is fluent in both English and Spanish, and is a refreshing choice bringing along his enthusiasm […]Continue reading
Would you love to experience an abundance of the best organic, tropical and seasonal fruit of Costa Rica? If so, this festival is for you! The Southern Zone’s premier Costa Rica Fruit Fest is happening July 27th to August 3rdContinue reading
In March of this year, Juan Pablo Álvarez, executive chef of the Castillo’s Kitchen Restaurant in Ojochal, traveled to Lima Peru. He participated in the Jatum Culinary Championship.Continue reading
by Pied Piper Productions & Jungle Arts and Dance In 1904, novelist Frank L. Baum achieved success with his book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In 1939, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presented this iconic film with Judy Garland with a captivating musical score that survived for the enjoyment of the children. Sharon said: “my lifetime mission is to offer […]Continue reading
At 2007 there were no printed means of communication between the three villages. In Ojochal not even phone service was functioning. I started to edit Ballena Tales, a little brochure dedicated to the area, interviewing pioneers, business people, and tourists.Continue reading
This is a special occasion to express my gratitude to everyone for 10 years of interest in our magazine, to our advertisers for their trust and our collaborators for their professionalism and ongoing optimism.
Growing with our area has been the most fascinating voyage I have ever engaged in, knowing our outstandingly beautiful community thoroughly as it encourages us to build together.
Dominical has slowly gained popularity for its surfing. It’s one of Costa Rica’s best-kept secret! Now, the town thrives of surf tourism. National and regional surf contests occur annually in Dominical further showcasing the powerful waves and help in keeping our surf culture alive.Continue reading
What do you think will happen if you get stubborn about being happy? Say “no” to stress. Recently a friend, told me, “My secret is, I just don’t do stress. That stuff will kill you. If I can’t do anything, about something, I sure as heck don’t worry about it.”Continue reading
Safer together! Finally, a tool for everyone to help prevent crime in our area. Ojos en la Calle is a community vigilance network and anonymous reporting application for smartphones.Continue reading
AXIOM is proud to work with the national AYA (Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers) and the local ASADA (Communal Systems) to benefit the welfare of the Uvita community our vision is to assist in the development of Costa Ballena. Economic and community growth start with securing clean and abundant water. A portion of the company’s revenue is dedicated to developing community infrastructure systems.Continue reading
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 warnings. Swimmers often get […]Continue reading
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 for travelers and […]Continue reading
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. Blue Zone Coastal Developments International and Blue Zone Realty International are extremely proud of this urbanization project. In addition to the 14 titled homes, there will be a remarkable 6700m2 of green space for our residents to enjoy.Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
Saul 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 of art in the different creative branches.Continue reading
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, and other South American countries. The Owl monkey […]Continue reading