Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Costa Ballena, or “Whale Coast”, constitutes the southern Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica that stretches from Dominical to Ojochal. It is a breathtaking stretch of coastline where lush, green mountains meet the pristine Pacific coastline. This area of Costa Rica is free of large-scale development and its natural beauty and prolific wildlife are a testament to that.

10 Most popular beaches in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica

Playa Dominical

Playa Dominicalito

Playa Hermosa

Playa Uvita

Playa Colonia

Playa Arco

Playa Ballena

Playa Piñuelas

Playa Ventanas

Playa Tortuga

Activities and tours in Costa Ballena

Costa Ballena is named after the humpback whales that migrate to the area from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres to give birth; accordingly, whale and dolphin watching tours are some of the most popular activities in the area. The area is perfect for nature lovers as it abounds with waterfalls, hiking trails, tropical foliage, and plenty of wildlife. Adventure enthusiasts can kayak their way through waterways, explore the underwater world on diving tours, or soar through the air on a zip-lining excursion. Eco-tourists can learn about pre-Columbian sphere stones located in the area, snorkel off the Caño Island Biological Preserve, or visit the Marino Ballena National Park — a protected area that encompasses 110 hectares of coastline and 5,300 hectares of ocean.

Getting to Costa Ballena

There are a number of ways to get to the Costa Ballena area:

  1. If you’re doing a vacation at Bodhi Surf + Yoga, rest assured — your trip includes round trip transportation between San Jose and Bodhi!
  2. Flying from San Jose to Quepos and then renting a car and driving or taking a bus south.
  3. Renting a car in San Jose and driving. There are two possible driving routes: a) taking the Inter-American highway to San Isidro del General and continue to Dominical where you can take the Costanera Sur highway South; b) leaving San Jose, heading west towards Jaco and taking the Costanera South until you reach Dominical — the beginning of the Costa Ballena region.
  4. Taking a bus from San Jose to Dominical. The bus will take you through Quepos, and it is approximately a six hour ride.

Renting a car and driving gives visitors the greatest freedom to explore the entire area of Costa Ballena.

Surfing and yoga in Costa Ballena

Bodhi Surf + Yoga is proud to call Costa Ballena home, and we are excited to share this beautiful corner of the country with our guests. Bodhi holds weekly, semi-inclusive surf and yoga camps where guests participate in a set number of both activities, stay on-site at our private lodge in Bahia Ballena, and experience this magical part of the world in an active and adventurous way. These surf and yoga vacations are different from the average trip to Costa Rica in that they emphasize community engagement, experiential learning, and environmental awareness. Bodhi also has a surf camp for families with children under 18.

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Tours & Activities in Costa Ballena

This entire area of Costa Rica is a natural wonder, here are some of the top things to do and sights to see!

SURFING

KAYAKING

YOGA

STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING

BIRD WATCHING

LOCAL CULTURE TOURS

WHALE WATCHING

HORSEBACK RIDING

WHITE-WATER RAFTING

ZIP LINING

CANYONING

HIKING

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