Dolphin and Whale Watching in Costa Rica

This country is a great place to go to if you want to enjoy the ultimate eco-tourist attraction: dolphin and whale watching. With pockets of shallow temperate waters, it’s not a hard things to see for humpback whales, killer whales, pilot whales, and bottlenose, spinner, and spotted dolphins in Costa Rica.

Here are 3 places in Costa Rica for dolphin and whale watching:

South Pacific (Drake Bay and the Osa Peninsula)

Osa Peninsula has one of the longest humpback whale seasons as these immense creatures migrate from both the northern and southern hemisphere as they go to and from their feeding and mating grounds. You can get amazing views of them off Drake Bay along with bottlenose and spotted dolphins. Contact us today for a tour and see over 25 species of dolphins and whales that either permanently live in or pass through this region while migrating.

A little further south in the small seaside village of Uvita is the Ballena National Marine Park named after the humpback whale that migrates here from August to October and December to April. You can also enjoy barely-touched beaches, mangroves, and coral reefs while getting glimpses of bottle-nosed dolphins, iguanas, and sea birds.

You can enjoy all of these beauties while cruising in Costa Rica.

Central Pacific

The main attraction in Quepos and Manuel Antonio is snorkeling and sailing trips which include dolphin and whale watching.

North Pacific (Southern Nicoya Peninsula)

Two beaches in particular,(Tambor and Pochote) on the Nicoya Peninsula overlooking the Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay) allow you to see, on occasion, the humpback whale.

Now that you know about 3 great places to see whales in Costa Rica, what are you waiting for?

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