This Friday, September 7, the 10th Annual Festival of whales and dolphins officially begins. Thousands are exepcted to taken in this two-weekend oceanic extravaganza celebrating the arrival of humpback whales, which give birth in Costa Rican waters.

Several of the whale and dolphin watching activities will take place this weekend in the Marino Ballena National Park.

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Many who are in the area have already been able to enjoy this great natural spectacle.

Visitors take boat tours to view the marine mammals and also hang out at the nearby national marine park, where low tide reveals a sandbar in the shape of a giant whale’s tail.

There are also cultural events, concerts, parades, performances and lectures.

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