Moses’ Pass / Whale Tail Beach, Ballena National Marine Park

Uvita Beach, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

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Entering the Ballena (Whale) National Marine Park at the Uvita Beach entrance is the coastal location of a natural tombolo formation. At low tide, the ocean currents naturally and quickly recede leaving a broad land walkway leading out to a whale tail-shaped island. This natural phenomenon happens daily with the rise and fall of tides, allowing visitors to walk out to the island. The area is sometimes called Moses’ Pass in remembrance of the parting of the Red Sea of Biblical stories. Locally, it is also known as Whale Tail beach for the shape of both the tombolo itself and the island. Beyond witnessing the stunning revelation of the sand walkway by withdrawing ocean waters, it is also famous for the annual congregation of Humpback whales that migrate here each year from December to April to mate. Costa Rica has the longest humpback whale watching season in the world. © iStock/Eisenlohr

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