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Dominical & Marino Ballena


Travelling south down the Pacific Coast from the Manuel Antonio area you get to Dominical and the Marino Ballena National Park. Dominical is a sleepy surfer village with dirt roads where locals and a small expat community spend their days hanging in a hammock and surfing. Further south there is the beaches of Uvita and Bahia which have a similar, low key vibe. The area’s main draw, however, is the Marino Ballena National Park where humpback whales can be seen in season. There is also snorkeling, fishing, trips to the Nauyaca waterfalls, horse riding, golf, quad bike tours and many other adventure options available.

Catching a glimpse of the gigantic humpback whales breaching out of the water is a rare but memorable sight!

Best months to visit Dominical & Marino Ballena

If you want to see the Humpback whales there are two seasons. The first season is mid July to late October where the whales that have migrated from the Antarctic arrive in Marino Ballena, and a shorter season from mid December to mid February when the whales that have migrated from Alaska arrive. The best time we recommend to go is September or October when you have the highest chance of seeing whales.

Our hand-picked hotels in Dominical & Marino Ballena

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in Dominical and Marino Ballena.

Best reasons to visit Dominical & Marino Ballena

Beyond the whales, which are the area’s main draw, there are many other activities available and different beaches to explore. These are our top highlights of the area.

Horse ride along the wide empty beach of Bahía

Go whale watching in season at the Marino Ballena National Park

Explore the sleepy local village of Uvita and nearby beach

Surf the infamous waves at Dominical

Check out the whales tail shaped beach near Uvita

Weather Averages for Dominical & Marino Ballena

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