It’s no secret that Costa Rica is home to a wide range of exotic marine mammal species, from dolphins and manta rays. Guanacaste also hosts humpback whales during the “wintering” phase of their natural migration to warmer, tropical waters. In fact, they’re in residence in this area for more months of the year than anywhere else in the world.
As boat tours are becoming increasingly popular among our guests, we’ve rounded up our top tips to help you catch a glimpse of them during your visit to Peninsula Papagayo.
When is the best time to visit?
The best time to try and spot a whale in Guanacaste is from December through April. This is the period when humpback whales migrate southwards from North America. If you’re planning a trip later in the year, you may also see them between August and November when they head back up the coast from the south.
What boat tours are available?
We offer bespoke half day or full day boat tours, depending on the experience you’re craving. Our concierge team will be able to take care of all the little details for you, allowing you to truly savor the season and enjoy spotting some local marine wildlife with your guests.
We have a whole range of boats available to hire in the area, from catamarans to luxury yachts. Whichever vessel you choose, the boat will be able to pick you up just minutes away from your luxury vacation rental in Costa Rica, making moving around the coast as hassle-free as possible for you.
What’s more, you’ll be sailing under the expertise of a dedicated captain and guide or shipmate. They’ll be on hand to support your every request, providing an incredibly professional service during your time on board. We’ll also ensure that food and drink is provided as part of the package, whether you choose energizing snacks and refreshing beverages or a delicious handcrafted lunch with freshly picked local ingredients.
What can you expect to see?
Humpback whales are renowned for gracefully surfacing amongst the waves, offering spectacular displays with their fins and tails. If you’re lucky, you might even see them leap out of the water as they journey along the coast.
What’s more, male whales will indulge their mates with sweet melodies, blowing bubbles at each other and fending off their competitors. If these whales are traveling as part of a family group, calves will stay by their mother’s side for up to a year, and can often be seen touching fins to show affection.
While you may be looking to spot a whale at this time of year, they’re just part of the rich marine ecosystem in the waters. It’s likely that you’ll also see dolphins, sea turtles, rays and other marine life while you’re out on the water.
Looking to immerse yourself in the breathtaking nature spots that Guanacaste has to offer? Our dedicated concierge team is on hand to help you plan your every adventure and excursion. To find out more about our full range of services and bookings, contact us here.