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Uvita’s Hidden Gem: Uncovering the Wonders of Whales Tail Beach

The most popular and stunning beach at the Marino Ballena National Park is the whales tail beach, where a magical sand bar appears at low tide, forming a whale’s tail. It is here from July to October that Humpback whales migrate. 

Aerial view of whales tail beach.
Aerial view. The whales tail can be seen from the airplane flying Drakes Bay to San Jose.

Most people visit this beach during the three-hour low tide windows in the morning and afternoon to walk out to the end of the whale tail. Yet this northern section of beach also offers a long walk in solitude.

Empty beach.
All alone. An empty beach was common in Uvita.

The beach has excellent expenses of flat smooth sand bordered by a calm murky ocean and a dense palm tree-lined jungle.  Pause for a moment, and the beach will come alive with hundreds of tiny red crabs that scatter back and forth from their sandy holes. Overhead is the red Macaws, Caracara hawks, small storks, and a medley of chorus birds.

A pair of red macaws.
Squawk. The loud red macaw always let you know when they are around.

A little-known one-third-mile trail runs through the jungle, parallel to the beach. From this trail, police will warn you about children who dart out and steal your belongings, vanishing without a trace. 

A small town.
Great food. The small beach town offered fresh fish, typical specialties, and Italian delights.

To the south lies another entrance to a section of beach with a narrow slope of sand, crowds of surf lessons, and driftwood. This section offers a short hike with a beautiful river to cross at the most southern end.

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Hi. We are Paul and Cindy, two biologists, fit and over 50, who enjoy exploring, photographing, and blogging about our outdoor travel. Our journey is to find outdoor activities that are away from crowds, kind to nature, and authentic. We carry backpacks, stay in clean accommodations, and feel that good food is as important as good friends.

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