Parque Marino del Pacífico


This retro marine park has seen better days, but it will certainly keep the kids entertained for a while. There's an aquarium showcasing many tropical fish, manta rays, turtles, nurse sharks and crowd-pleasing Nemos (clown fish), plus crocodiles. The park sits on the site of the old train station and has a tiny splash pool and playground for kids, and a gift shop.

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