Must see whale watching
Between Dominical and Uvita is Marino Ballena National Park. This is the home winter home of whales that have come from both the Arctic and Antarctic. Supposedly, this is the only place in the Pacific where whales from both hemispheres meet.
They whales have their calves here and some remain year round. Very cool seeing a 50 ton animal jump completely out of the water and do a belly flop. This was the best two days of my vacation. (I took three trips. Each was different. Each was great.) At one point, there had to be more than 1000 dolphin around the boat.
There are just a few boat options. All but one are single engine fiberglass boats (locals call these Panga boats). Only one engine. No radio. Some have life jackets. Some don't. No bathroom for the wife. The other option is Pacific Quest, which is what my family took. It's a large tour boat with a covered observation deck. Very professional crew. A marine biologist was aboard telling us all about whales and dolphins. Quite interesting. And, he identified the whales we saw just by their blow. Website is CostaRicaWhaleWatching.com. We paid $69 for an adult ticket. As I said earlier, this was the highlight of our Costa Rica vacation.
- National/State Park
- Whale Watching
Explore the wonderful beaches
It's a great place for surfing or learning to surf. For us, we prefer walking on the beautiful long beach after breakfast when the sun is not too strong.
We walked from the mid area southward to almost Dominilito and back, took almost 40 min.
Again, the beaches there are beautiful but they ain't white sand beaches like in Cuba, Maldives, Grand Cayman. So don't buy into that claim as used by lots of travel brochures. They are beautiful but they ain't white sand. Sands are very fine though.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
If you've never been surfing before, I suggest taking lessons from the Green Iguana Surf Camp. Try and get lessons from 'Bob'. He's one of the best instructors there. The man's a legend in his own right. You'll learn a lot from this drill sargent. Dominical beach is a good place to learn and has decent waves. My favorite place to surf was Ventanas. It's a beautiful beach. If you're up for a challenge, Hermosa is where you wanna go. It'll kick your ass for sure.