Humpback Whale Season Starts Soon in Costa Rica

Costa Rica boasts two whale watching seasons for humpback whales. From mid-December through late February/early March, northern humpback whales migrate south to Marino Ballena National Park. From July through October, southern humpback whales migrate north to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.

Acrobatic display by a humpback whale.
Acrobatic display by a humpback whale.

Ranked in the Top 10 by National Geographic for whale watching in the world, Marino Ballena provides important habitat for humpbacks as they feed, mate, calve, and raise young in preparation for their return migration. The park is also home to resident dolphin and sea turtle populations.

A greater number of southern whales visit Costa Rica so the July through October whale watching season tends to offer better viewing opportunities. Humpback whales put on quite the show with their acrobatic surface moves like breaching, tail slapping and rolling. Get ready for whale watching season in Costa Rica!

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