Published Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Marino Ballena National Park
opens to tourist

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Monday, park authorities announced the reopening of the Marino Ballena National Park in Punta Uvita of Osa Canton located in the southern area of Puntarenas Province, after developing safety measures approved by the Ministry of Health.

Until recently, due to the covid-19 national emergency, the park has been closed since March.

The park will open to the public on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, there will be some areas that are still under improvement, so there will be some restrictions, announced the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC).

The park’s schedule is from Wednesday to Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., but visitors can stay inside the park until 4 p.m, SINAC said. On Tuesdays, the park will remain closed.

The open areas for tourists are:

• The docking and landing area for maritime tour services

• Rest  and hiking areas

• Boat travel areas.

• Sea area. This is enabled as long as the tide allows it from 8 a.m. at 4:00 p.m..

Among the recommendations given by park rangers during the visit to the park are:

• Social bubbles must keep distance of other bubbles by at least 1.8 meters.

• Inside the park visitors must walk at the right side of the roads, avoiding the approach to other social bubbles or people.

• Access to the maritime zone for the practice of aquatic recreational activities will be established according to the park's capacity.

• Park capacity only allows 50% of the maximum visitor capacity. That is approximately 450 people on site.

• Visitors detected with symptoms similar to those of covid-19 will not be allowed to enter.

• Specific points will be established for entrances and exits.

• Visitors must write down their personal contact information when entering.

• The entrance box office is open, and visitors must pay with credit or debit cards. Cash is not accepted.

The park is famous in Costa Rica for the humpback whale season that begins this month, and usually runs until October. The name of the park derives from a rocky and sandy formation that resembles the tail of a whale located on the beach.

In addition to the humpback whale, species such as the spotted dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, manta ray, hammerhead shark, among many others, can be seen in the ocean.

More information about park entry for tourists can be reached at SINAC by calling 506-2522-6500.

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