Among the many eco- attractions in Costa Rica, one of the highlights of the year comes from August to October and from December to March when tourists in Costa Rica are able to watch humpback whales along the Pacific Coast. These whales migrate from the Northern and Southern hemispheres to breed and give birth in the warm waters of the Costa Rican Pacific. With many locations to watch, this event can be enjoyed in Dominical or Bahía Ballena, and along many other beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.
Witness a Magical Event – Whale Watching in Costa Rica
One of the most popular destinations to watch whales in Costa Rica is at the Ballena National Marine Park in Costa Rica. Biologists consider this protected area a perfect setting between the northern and southern hemispheres for the birth of new marine life. The park is located in what is known as the Costa Rica Thermal Convection Dome, a large “bubble” of shallow, oxygen-rich warm water layered over the top of colder water with less oxygen. The conditions create an ideal habitat for marine life, especially the humpback whales who migrate to the warm waters this time of year.
During these special times of year, tourists in Costa Rica will also be able to watch female whales nursing and swimming with their young.
Tours are available for witnessing this magical experience along the Costa Rica Pacific and prices are usually affordable with available times Monday through Sunday. During the tours, people will also be able to watch other marine species such as bottlenose and spotted dolphins and “false” orcas.