Uvita Center, Marino Ballena National Park
Costa Ballena, South Pacific. Costa Rica.
Monday to Saturday: From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m
Sundays: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m (December - April / July and August)
The Marino Ballena National Park (MBNP) is the main touristic attraction in the Ballena coast region in Costa Rica’s Osa County.
This region offers a unique biodiversity, not far from the beach visitors can enjoy a spectacular view from the mountains. Forests and beaches are combined. There are also rivers, waterfalls and creeks. The rainforest shelters mammals, birds and colorful plants that visitors will preserve in their minds. Sloths, howler monkeys, “pizotes”, black beak toucans, “cusingas”, scarlet macaws are some of the species visitors can observe.
Orchids, “Jobo” trees, “Guanacaste” trees, oaks and the typical “platanillas” are pretty common to see in the park paths.
Whales watching is very regular in two periods of the year, they visit the warm waters of the Marino Ballena National Park to mate or have their offspring. In addition, it is possible to watch dolphins as well as sea diversity while doing snorkeling.
Peace, pure nature, yoga practice, massages or a delicious smoothie made of tropical fruits will make you truly believe you visited a paradise on earth.
Our Town History
There is evidence that in Uvita and surroundings there were indigenous settlements and, just like other regions in the south of Costa Rica, it is possible to find pre-Columbian stone spheres. The Uvita first settlers were mostly into farming, nevertheless, the real history of this community was built around the coast.
These settlers made their own boats and, for decades, were into fishing. Actually, not so long ago, a little less than twenty years or so, accessing the Uvita region depended on the tides, since the trail to it coincided in many points with the beaches.
When the Costanera highroad was built in the south pacific, Uvita’s population was importantly changing their habits and lifestyle. The old fishermen watched how their children used their boats for tourism instead.
And nowadays there are organizations and people that try to preserve the region’s natural resources. Currently, there are waste sorting programs, coast-marine responsible tourism and other various fauna protection initiatives.