PLAYA ARCO, MARINO BALLENA NP – COSTA RICA

PLAYA ARCO, MARINO BALLENA NP – COSTA RICA

BEST FOR… Solitude, jungle, monkeys

WHY GO? Perhaps one of the most hidden beaches in Costa Rica, lonesome, cliff-hugged Playa Arco lies within little-visited Marino Ballena National Park, lapped by the Pacific Ocean.

WHAT TO DO: Enjoy the solitude – few people make it to Arco. Getting there involves a hill climb from Playa Ballena; look out for monkeys and parrots in the surrounding jungle. Focus your binoculars offshore too, to look for dolphins and, in Aug-Oct and Dec-April, passing humpbacks.

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WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Have a go at stand-up paddleboarding. Nip to Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge {pictured} for animal-packed canopy walks.

GET THERE: Uvita, in Marino Ballena NP, is a four-hour drive from San Jose. Buses from San Jose to Paso Canoas stop at Uvita.


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