Playa Chaman, also known as Playa La Colonia, is one of the most popular beaches in the area, perhaps because of its easy access, which provides services such as tables, showers and fresh water, besides being part of the Marino Ballena National Park.

Playa Chaman


Playa Chamán is one of the most popular beaches to visit for the citizens of the nearby towns of Cortés, San Isidro, Palmar Norte and others. The water is calm, with moderated surf and almost no dangerous rip currents. You can also find all the basic necessary services for camping or just spending a nice relaxing day at the beach.Playa Chaman

You can also do some sport fishing or take a tour to Violins Island or Caño Island where you can spot whales and dolphins if the season is right. Playa Chaman is inside the boundaries of the Ballena National Park, and therefore charges a small entrance fee (about $1), in turn the park offers fresh water, restrooms, and available trashcans in the area. Industrial fishing, hunting, or the extraction of any type of marine wildlife is not allowed inside the area of the marine park.

If you would like to do some exploring you can take a walk south and up the nearby creek until you arrive at the natural pools that people have formed in the high parts of the creek, or if you would like, you can explore the rocky area of the beach, where many choose to go of fishing, or observe birds and tropical animals, as well as reptiles, iguanas being the most abundant.

Birding in Playa ChamanPlaya chaman is located in The Ballena National Park wich is located at the outlet of the Higuerón River or Morete and Punta Piñuelas, district of Bahía Ballena. The park includes some 5,375 hectares of sea and 115 hectares of land. The park protects important habitat like sandy beaches, rocky beaches, tidelands, mangroves, cliffs, islands, rocky reefs, the tide pools at Punta Uvita and the coral reef that all play and important role in the reproduction of marine diversity.

Getting there: it is located about 21 km south of Dominical.

Available services: water, restrooms, restaurant, cabins, hotels, stores, public telephone, electricity, super market, hardware store.

Chaman BeachWhat to do: Practice body surfing or go boogie boarding, fishing off shore, camping, kayaking to explore the rocks, swimming in the ocean or river, sport fishing, Tours to the Islands, horseback riding, ultralite tours, participate in turtle conservation projects, scuba diving, Soccer or beach volleyball, observation of birds and wildlife.




Activities that are prohibited: swimming where the lifeguards indicate that it is dangerous, throwing garbage on the beach or in the streets. The maximum speed limit in town is 25 km/h. Driving of motor vehicles is prohibited on the beach (according to law of traffic #7331). Hunting or the abuse or pursuit of wild animals such as garrobos, iguanas, birds, as well as fishing with poison is also prohibited. Bonfires are also restricted as much of the firewood is home to many creatures.

You are able to go camping in Playa Chamán, and you can ask prices and details in the Park Office:

Phone: 2786 5392


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