Whale Watching in Costa Rica

Experience these magnificent humpback whales breaching off the Pacific shores…


Whale whatching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has one of the longest whale-watching seasons in the world.  The enormous humpback whales roam the waters of the Pacific coast for about 8 months of the year.  They like it so much that they often use Golfo Dulce as a nursery for their young during October.  The best time for spotting humpback whales is August to October and December to April. Other whales which you may be lucky enough to see are, sperm whales, killer whales and pilot whales, although the latter are technically dolphins.

Humpback-whaleDrake Bay & Osa Peninsula

The warm currents off the Osa Peninsula make for the longest humpback whale watching season in the world.  It is a sight to behold, seeing these gentle giants blowing spray in the distance, breaching – it’s not unusual to spot a mother and calf.  Drake Bay is where many organised dolphin and whale watching tours depart, if you are here at the right time of year, we would definitely recommend it.  As well as the mighty humpback, over 25 species of dolphin and whale have been recorded passing through here.


whale-breachMarino Ballena National Park

This beautiful marine park serves to protect both coral and rock reefs, and also a few offshore islands.  The humpback whales will pass through these waters August to October and from December to April.  It is actually two different groups of whales that use these waters to breed and nurture their young.  Those seen August to October come from the north and those seen later, from December through to spring travel all the way from Antarctica to breed in these warm, temperate waters.  You may be lucky enough to see the whales from the near deserted beaches, as this stunning park isn’t fully on the radar yet.


whale-tailGolfo Dulce

The sheltered, warm waters of the Golfo Dulce are used as a nursery by the doting humpback whale mothers and their claves.  This rare spectacle only takes place during the month of October, which happens to coincide with the heaviest rainfall in the area, so few visitors get to witness this.