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Marino Ballena National Park, Uvita, Costa Rica

Marino Ballena National Park, Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica 

Marino Ballena National Park Uvita Surfing School

Difficulty Level: Good for begginer level up
Wave Height: Low to High
Access: Easily acsessible beach fit for all ages
Facilities: Close to many restaurants, bank and facilities

Surf with the Whales! Marino Ballena National Park – A Surfers Paradise in a national park  in Costa Rica

Marino Ballena National Park is a popular tourist destination located on the south Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Named after the humpback whales that migrate to the area from December to April, this national park offers visitors a variety of activities and attractions to explore. Here’s what you need to know about this beautiful national park and its offerings:

Location and access

Marino Ballena National Park is located in the province of Puntarenas, about 118 miles (190 km) southwest of San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. The park covers an area of approximately 110 hectares and includes two large beaches, Playa Uvita and Playa Ballena, as well as several smaller beaches and coves. The park can be easily accessed by car or bus, with several highways and roads leading to the area.

Whale Watching

Marino Ballena National Park is one of the best places in Costa Rica to observe humpback whales. These magnificent creatures migrate from the cold waters of the North and South Poles to the warmer waters of the park’s coastline to mate, give birth, and care for their young. Whale watching tours are available from December to April and provide visitors with a unique opportunity to observe these majestic animals up close.

Beaches and Snorkeling

Marino Ballena National Park is home to several beautiful beaches, including Playa Uvita and Playa Ballena. These beaches offer visitors a range of activities, including swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. The park’s beaches are known for their crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life, making them a popular spot for snorkeling and diving. Visitors can rent snorkeling equipment near the beach and explore the park’s underwater world.

Coral Reefs and Islets

Marino Ballena National Park is home to several coral reefs and islets that provide habitat for a wide variety of marine life, including sea turtles, tropical fish, and crustaceans. Visitors can take a boat tour or kayak to these areas and observe the colorful coral formations and the diverse marine life that calls them home.

Mangroves and Estuaries

Marino Ballena National Park also features several mangroves and estuaries that provide habitat for a range of wildlife, including monkeys, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species. Visitors can explore these areas on a guided tour or by renting a kayak and paddling through the winding waterways.

Local Culture

Costa Rica is known for its rich culture and history, and visitors can explore the nearby towns of Uvita and Ojochal to experience the local way of life. Uvita is a small beach town that offers a range of cultural attractions, including art galleries, restaurants, and cultural events. Ojochal is a charming town known for its international cuisine and is a popular spot for foodies.

Getting There

To get to Marino Ballena National Park, visitors can fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose and then drive or take a bus to the park. The drive takes about 3.5 hours from the airport, and there are several car rental companies located at the airport. Visitors can also take a direct bus from San Jose to Uvita, which takes about 4 hours, and then take a taxi or bus to the park. 

In conclusion, Marino Ballena National Park is a beautiful and diverse national park that offers visitors a range of activities and attractions to explore. Whether you’re interested in whale watching, snorkeling, or exploring the park’s mangroves and estuaries, you’re sure to find something to suit your interests. So, plan your visit to Marino Ballena National Park today and experience the natural beauty and rich culture of Costa Rica!

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Surf Dominical Surf School: Surf Courses, Surfboard Rentals and Surfing Lessons at Marino Ballena National Park

1. Private Surfing Lessons

Our private surf lessons offer personalized coaching and one-on-one attention from our experienced and certified instructors. Improve your technique and confidence in a safe and supportive environment tailor made to meet your needs. Transport and hotel pickup and dropoff are available for private lesson clients.

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2. Semi Private Surfing Lessons

Our semi-private surf lessons offer a personalized and cost-effective option for individuals or small groups looking to improve their surfing skills. With a maximum of two students per instructor, you’ll receive individualized attention and feedback to help you progress faster.

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3. Group Surfing Lessons

Our group surf lessons are a fun and social way to learn to surf or improve your skills. You’ll join a group of like-minded surfers and receive instruction from our experienced and certified instructors. With a maximum of three students per instructor, you’ll receive personalized attention while also enjoying the camaraderie of surfing with others.

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4. Surfboard Rentals

Our surfboard rentals are perfect for those with experience wanting to enjoy a hassle free vacation without bringing their own board. If you have special preferences please contact us in advance so we can secure the right board for you.

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Our Surf Vacation Packages

Here are our standard deals including surf lessons, surf courses and board rentals, surf camp packages. We can also help you tailor make your best Dominical surf vacation. Please contact our crew for futher info or questions. 

Dominical Private Surf Lessons

Looking for a more personalized and tailored approach to your surfing education in Dominical? Look no further than our private surf lessons! Our experienced and certified instructors provide individual attention and coaching to help you reach your surfing goals. Whether you're a beginner looking to catch your first wave or an experienced surfer seeking to refine your skills, we'll work with you to create a lesson plan that meets your specific challenges and goals. 

We also offer transportation and hotel pickup and drop-off for our private lesson clients, so you can focus on enjoying your lesson without worrying about logistics.

Join us for a personalized and unforgettable surfing experience in Dominical! Let us help you improve your technique and confidence on the board with our one-on-one private surf lessons.

Starting at 89$

Dominical Semi Private Surf Lessons

Looking to improve your surfing skills with a friend or small group in a personalized and affordable way? Look no further than our semi-private surf lessons!

Our semi-private lessons allow for a maximum of two students per instructor, ensuring individualized attention and feedback to enhance your technique and speed up your progression. This cost-effective option provides the same top-quality instruction as our private lessons, with the added bonus of sharing the experience with someone else.

Our team of experienced and certified instructors will collaborate with you and your group to customize the lesson to suit your specific needs, ensuring an unforgettable surfing adventure.

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to take your surfing skills to the next level while sharing the experience with a special someone.

Starting at 69$

Dominical Group Surf Lessons

Are you seeking a social and enjoyable way to enhance your surfing abilities? Our group surf lessons provide the perfect opportunity to learn and connect with fellow surf enthusiasts while receiving expert instruction from our experienced and certified instructors.

With a maximum of three students per instructor, our group lessons ensure personalized attention and tailored guidance to meet your individual needs. Plus, you'll enjoy the camaraderie and encouragement of surfing with others, forging new friendships and experiencing the thrill of riding waves together.

Whether you're a beginner mastering the basics or an intermediate surfer seeking to advance your skills, our group lessons offer a supportive and motivating environment for growth and development.

Join us for an unforgettable surfing adventure with our group lessons, creating memories to last a lifetime!

Starting at 59$

Dominical 3 day Surf Course

Embark on the ultimate surfing adventure with our exclusive 3-session private surf package! With a dedicated instructor by your side, you'll receive personalized guidance and support throughout your time in the water, ensuring you make the most of every moment.

Capture all of the thrilling action with our surf photo package, featuring stunning professional photos of you catching the perfect wave. And to commemorate your unforgettable experience, you'll also receive a T-shirt as a keepsake of your achievement.

Additionally, you'll have access to unlimited board rentals for the duration of your package, allowing you to practice and refine your skills even after your lessons.

Join us for the ultimate surfing adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime with our 3-session private surf package. Don't miss this unparalleled opportunity to enhance your surfing abilities while enjoying personalized attention from our expert instructors.

Starting at 249$

Dominical Surf Photographer

As Dominical's premier surf photographer service, we specialize in capturing the thrill and excitement of your epic surfing moments. Our team of experienced photographers are skilled in capturing the perfect shot from land, water, and even the air with the use of drones. We use only the best equipment and editing software to ensure that your photos are of the highest quality and showcase your surfing skills at their finest.

Whether you're a beginner catching your first wave or an experienced surfer showing off your skills, we'll capture those unforgettable moments and turn them into stunning photographs that you can treasure forever. Our flexible packages cater to your individual needs and budget, providing you with a range of options to choose from.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to immortalize your surfing experience with our professional surf photography services. Contact us today to book your session and get ready to capture the ultimate surf shots in Dominical!

Starting at 150$

Dominical Surf Camp (7 Day)

Join us for a 7-day surf camp in Dominical and immerse yourself in a surfing adventure like no other! Our all-inclusive package includes airport pickup, luxury lodging, daily breakfast, 5 lessons with our experienced instructors, 1 adventure tour to explore the beauty of Dominical, 1 yoga class to rejuvenate your body and mind, and unlimited board rentals to practice and refine your skills.

You'll stay in our luxury accommodations, just a stone's throw away from the beach, providing you with easy access to the waves. Our experienced instructors will guide you through your surfing journey, ensuring that you progress and improve every day.

In addition to surfing, you'll have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Dominical with our adventure tour and find balance with our yoga class. Plus, with unlimited board rentals, you can practice and hone your skills at your own pace.

Join us for an unforgettable 7-day surfing experience in Dominical and let us take care of everything while you focus on catching waves and making memories!

Starting at 1150$

Surfboard Rentals in Dominical Costa Rica

Surf Dominical Surf School is the perfect place to rent a surfboard in Dominical. At Surf Dominical Surf School, we pride ourselves on offering an extensive selection of top-quality surfboards for rent. Whether you're a novice or a pro, we have the perfect board to suit your needs and skill level. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you select the right board and provide expert guidance on the best waves to catch. We only offer surfboards from the world's leading manufacturers, ensuring that you receive the highest quality equipment for your surfing experience. From shortboards to longboards and funboards, we offer a variety of sizes and shapes to choose from. With our state-of-the-art equipment, you'll be able to enjoy the thrill of surfing in Dominical like never before. So why wait? Rent a surfboard from Surf Dominical Surf School today and embark on an unforgettable surfing adventure!


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