Spend a Day Exploring Marino Ballena National Park

From the breathtaking views to the crisp mountain air, it’s not difficult to feel a sense of tranquility when staying at El Castillo Boutique Luxury Hotel. This luxury hotel perched high above the Pacific Ocean in Ojochal is surrounded by picturesque Costa Rica nature. There are plenty of ways for guests to explore it, including an ATV tour or a canyoning excursion. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of this region is by visiting Marino Ballena National Park.

What to Know about the National Park

Marino Ballena National Park, or Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, is only about 20 minutes away from El Castillo in South Puntarenas. This national park found along the Central Pacific coast protects nine miles of coastlines and more than 13,000 acres of ocean. Its untouched beaches, mangrove forests, and coral reefs are excellent locations for travelers to see Costa Rica wildlife.

The park is made up of four sectors, and visitors will need to purchase tickets at the official posts to enter the park. It’s recommended guests check current hours of operation for any closures that may impact their visit. 

What to Do during a Visit to the Park

For those planning to explore the park, there is plenty to do and see, so consider leaving a full day open to experience it all.

  • See the Tombolo in the shape of a whale’s tail, and it can only be accessed during low tide, which only lasts about six hours. 
  • Go snorkeling through two coral reefs and eight coral communities made up of 18 species, including star column coral, stony coral, and cauliflower coral.
  • Relax on one of the four beaches found inside the park: Playa Uvita, Playa Bahia Ballena, Playa Colnia, and Playa Pinuela.
  • Visitors should keep their eyes peeled for the resident dolphins, fish, turtles, and birds that call this area home.

One of the biggest things that draw visitors to this park every year is whale watching. In fact, the park was named after the humpback whales that migrate to this region each year. There are two humpback whale migration seasons: December to April and July to November. 

Relax to the Sound of Costa Rica Nature

After exploring Marino Ballena National Park, relax in a luxury boutique hotel room like this one.

Whether spending time at Marino Ballena National Park or exploring a nearby rainforest, El Castillo Boutique Luxury Hotel guests have plenty of ways to discover the beauty found all around them. This luxury, adults-only hotel was designed to offer a relaxing escape that takes advantage of the views that surround it.

Visitors have a few different options when choosing their room, which means they can select one that fits their style best. Guests are encouraged to make the most out of their stay by enjoying on-site amenities such as the infinity pool or world-class restaurant. For more information about the hotel or booking a stay, email [email protected].

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