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Whale and Dolphin Watching in Manuel Antonio

By October 8, 2014November 30th, 2022Costa Rica, Nature

So, you are planning the perfect Costa Rican vacation… you want it to have a taste of everything… from adventure to lazy days on the beach, volcanoes, rainforests, plenty of sightseeing, opportunities to meet the locals, and of course the chance to have your breath taken away by amazing biodiversity; animals you just don´t see at home. Well, then your trip would not be complete without an opportunity to go dolphin and whale watching.

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To the thrill of thousands of visitors to the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, several species are spotted regularly in the areas of Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Uvita, and Drake Bay. All of the incredible biodiversity of the Pacific Ocean is found right in these waters; manta rays, sea turtles, spotted dolphins, bottle-nosed dolphins, the common dolphin, spinner dolphins, humpback whales, false killer whales, and pilot whales are the species you should be on the lookout for as you enjoy the Catamaran boat tour.Soon enough, you will be captivated by the sight of dolphins frolicking in the boat’s wake, or the undeniable sound of a whale’s song.

Costa Rica is home to an estimated 25 whale and dolphin species, which migrate, mate and make their home in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Whale season is from December through March, for whales that are migrating from the northern hemisphere and from July to October for the whales visiting from the Southern Hemisphere. Many dolphins and other incredible marine wildlife species make these crystal blue waters their home year round.

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Dominical, Uvita. and Osa Peninsula are the major stomping ground of Costa Rica’s whale and dolphin species. The nation’s most iconic and frequently spotted whale, the humpback, spends more than eight months a year in these waters – that´s the longest humpback whale season in the world! Of course who can blame them, most of us would love to spend 8 months a year in this magical place too. Manuel Antonio and Quepos are spectacular starting points for whale and dolphin watching, as Catamaran tours are available daily.

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So as you kick back and enjoy a cocktail and a light lunch, even doing a bit of snorkeling, be prepared for that 40 ton surprise to show up when you least expect it and make your day and entire Costa Rican vacation absolutely unforgettable. Just one more reason not to leave Manuel Antonio off your itinerary!