Whales and dolphins, some of the most majestic creatures on earth, put on an impressive, unforgettable show each fall in Costa Rica. Every July to November, over 700 cetaceans (the scientific name for whales) and dolphins visit Marino Ballena National Park as part of their migration patterns.
During this time of the year, the park’s Ballena Bay – known for its whale-tail-shaped isthmus – becomes a sanctuary for humpback, pilot, bryde and false killer whales since its warm waters are believed to be beneficial to the generation of strong and healthy offspring. This natural phenomenon provides visitors an once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the whales up close as well as the park’s resident bottle nose, spinner and spotted dolphins and turtle species.
In celebration of these awe-inspiring marine animals, the Costa Rica Tourism Board in partnership with the Association of Tourism Operators at Marino Ballena National Park, have named September Costa Rica Whales Month.
In addition to whale and dolphin watching, visitors this time of year can take advantage of special rates at a wide range of area hotels and enjoy an array of activities including hiking, running, biking, beach volleyball, traditional food and guided tours offered by the businesses from the community. Park officials are also always on hand to inform travelers on wildlife conservation and the species that call Marino Ballena National Park home.