Whale watching Costa Rica | Marino Ballena Marine Park | Ojochal

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country Costa Rica
duration 2 nights
attribute Breakfast
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attribute Luxury tent

Marino Ballena Marine Park

The small, charming town of Ojochal is located a stone’s throw from the impressive Marine Park Marino Ballena. You can explore the park on foot or you can book a tour and go whale watching! 

Marine Park Marino Ballena is one of the best places for whale watching in Costa Rica. The most common whale to find in Costa Rica is the humpback whale, they pass by the Costa Rican coast for more than 6 months a year, so enough chances to see them yourself!

August and September are the best months to see the humpback whales. This time of the year, they raise the young ones and they will come to the surface to breed, an amazing experience to see from close by! Not only in August and September are good months for whale watching in Costa Rica, but also during the periods from December to March and July to December, it is quite likely that you can see whales.

The quiet beaches of Playa Tortuga and Las Ventanas are great places to relax. In the evening there’s a couple of great restaurants in the centre of Ojochal you should try.

Stay in a safari tent

Stay in a safari tent

You will stay in an African style safari tent during your stay in Ojochal. In the morning you will be woken up by howler monkeys and when you get out of bed, you can directly dive in the river next to your tent! Or you can take a hot shower in the comfortable bathroom in your tent of course. From the lodge, you can visit nearby national parks Corcovado or Marino Ballena. Another great way to spend the day is to relax a day on the beautiful beach. You can also book hikes and horseback riding tours with a local guide. We also recommend to visit the village of Sierpe and book a mangrove tour, a great way to see and learn more about this special ecosystem. Enough to see and to do while staying Rio Tico Safari Lodge.


Oldewarris family

Rio Tico is a beautiful place. Nice people. Nice dolphin tour and a beautiful day trip to Corcovado. Awesome!


Dorien and Loek Jansen

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Safari Lodge, you feel very welcome. We booked a mangrove tour and loved the experience!


De Nijs family

Rio Tico felt like coming home, what a lovely place!!


Boelens family

We really liked our stay in Ojochal and our host Cees. Our son loved the nearby river with waterfall.

What can you see around Ojochal?

Insider recommendation of Ed:


Insider recommendation of Ed:

Do remember that your are staying in the middle of the jungle. The nearest cash machine is a 40 minute drive from your accommodation. Therefore, make sure you bring cash to pay for additional tours and meals. Restaurants do accept credit cards also.

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

Lovely boutique hotel in the hills of Matapalo
Las Nubes is a luxurious boutique hotel where you can enjoy great food and relax at the beautiful pool. It's an ideal destination to indulge before flying back to your home country or it makes a great start of your travels in Costa Rica.
Artistic boutique hotel in San Gerardo de Dota
This unique boutique hotel in Costa Rica is located on the edge of a valley. About 2500 meters above sea level. If you follow the road down from the hotel you'll end up in the charming village of San Gerardo de Dota. This village is famous for the mythic quetzal. A guided tour to spot this fantastic bird is a must!
Climb the Cerro Chirripó, the highest mountain in Costa Rica
If you choose to climb the Chirripó, you choose for a real adventure. It is the highest peak in Costa Rica and Central America and although the climb is not an easy one, the spectacular sunrise at the top is a once in a lifetime experience!
Spot the unique quetzal in San Gerardo de Dota
Always wanted to see the unique quetzal bird with your own eyes? That is possible in San Gerardo de Dota. This charming village is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica, just 85 km from San José. From the capital, you cross Cerro de la Muerte, the mountain range that separates the Caribbean and Pacific coasts; a beautiful route!
Unique stay in La Leona, in the middle of Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park is located on the Osa peninsula and one of Costa Rica's most isolated nature reserves. This very special rainforest harbours unique eco systems which aren't found anywhere else in the world. Here you still find some species that have disappeared elsewhere, spotting these animals make your visit a once in a lifetime experience.
Take a boat to Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park
From the small town of Sierpe you depart by boat to Drake Bay Costa Rica. The journey itself is already an adventure...you sail through mangrove forests towards the ocean and Drake Bay. During your trip you might be luckey enough to spot dolphins and even whales!
Glamping on the beach of Matapalo
Waking up from the sounds of the ocean and enjoying your breakfast in front of your luxurious tent, that's in short what you'll be experiencing when glamping in the little coastal village of Matapalo! Matapalo is an authentic Costa Rican town with few tourists, a couple of nice restaurants and a great beach. It's the perfect location to relax and enjoy Costa Rica's Pura Vida!
Catch the best waves in Dominical
Dominical is a true surfers paradise. During your stay, it is highly recommended to check out the waves and take a surf lesson! Of course, you can also relax on the beach. Your lodge is located near the village on the beach and offers a nice pool when you're tired of the waves. It is a great place to explore the jungle and do one of the many activities!
Sloths and capuchin monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio is a small, but beautiful National Park. Here you can explore the jungle, but also relax on the beach and take a dive in the ocean. Iguanas and monkeys might join you on the beach. There's also a great chance you'll see sloths in the jungle. All this wildlife in combination with the white beaches makes Manuel Antonio a very popular tourist destination.

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