Dolphin and whale watching has become one of the top attractions in Costa Rica. Whales migrate from both hemisphere and stop in Costa Rica to mate and to raise their young. Visitors have a pretty good chance to spot these awesome creatures here in Costa Rica.
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Best places in Costa Rica to see the whales
- The Ballena National Marine Park is located south of Dominical, and it got its name from the frequent visits it gets from the Humpback whales that migrate in the region every year. This park is a favorite for those seeking a different kind of vacation that offers the memorable experience of whale and dolphin watching. It also offers gorgeous white sand beaches, such as Playa Ballena, Playa Uvita, Playa Arco, playa Pinuelas and play Ventanas, as well as coral reefs, rocky shorelines and mangroves. This is one of the most fascinating places on Earth. The landscape feature what is known as a land bridge, a link joining the mainland at Uvita Bay and the Coral reef offshore. The locals call it a Tombolo.
- Drake Bay is a big favorite for whale and dolphin watching; the calm and protected waters make out the ideal breeding ground for them, and it is also where the longest humpback season was recorded, because whales from both poles meet up there for mating, giving birth and for looking after their young. Best times to visit are from August to the end of November, they are however also spotted in March and in June. Cano Island is also good for whale watching, the trip to the island indeed often includes lots of sightings.
- The Corcovado National Park is located on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in the Osa Peninsula. The park has been referred to as “the most biologically intense place on Earth” by National Geographic. With one visit to this lush tropical paradise you’ll understand why. It has become one of the top eco-tourism destinations of the planet, not to mention Costa rica. It is home to a plethora of wildlife and exotic fauna that are unique to the Osa Peninsula, for it used to be an island this species had started to evolve separately until it rejoined the mainland.
- Known as a tropical fjord, the “inner sea” of Golfo Dulce is a critical habitat for Humpback Whales and is vital to the species’ survival, according to the Center of Cetacean Investigation of Costa Rica (CEIC). The southern whales are more common to see in Golfo Dulce. Females swim into the shallow waters of the Gulf’s interior to birth their young and breastfeed them. Males concentrate in the outer area of the Gulf waiting to breed with available females. Golfo Dulce also is home to important resident and migratory communities of Bottlenose Dolphins, Spotted Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, and the occasionally seen False Killer Whales.
Although the area is biologically diverse, accommodations are limited. TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge in Uvita is rated one of the best lodgings by TripAdvisor.com. It provides an excellent home base for the adventurer, offering it transportation, lodging, and tours of this magnificent area!