Residents of the southwest coast plan a whale of a fiesta for two weekends at the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena about 10 miles south of Dominical.
This is the VI Festival de Ballenas y Delfines. The festival is an effort to draw tourists to the area, and the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo is one of the sponsors.
But there is a good reason. The whales are in at this time of year, and the national park has many more hectares in the ocean where the sea mammals can show off. The institute says that whale-watching is on the upswing, based on surveys done at the airports.
The event is from Friday through Sunday this week and next. Another organizer, the Asociación de Operadores de Turismo, said that last year’s event drew 9,000 visitors.
In addition to whale-watching trips, visitors also will be able to relax on the beach and sample some of the dishes prepared by local restaurants. There also will be activities typical to local festivals.