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When To Visit

June

  • Mini surf season in the southern Caribbean
  • Leatherback turtles nesting in Manzanillo
  • Hawksbill turtles nesting in Cahuita
  • Great snorkeling & diving along the northern Pacific coast
  • Leatherback turtle nesting season at Camaronal Wildlife Refuge
  • Ideal surfing conditions along the Pacific coast
  • Pacuare River levels high for whitewater rafting
  • Hawksbill sea turtles nesting in Tortuguero
  • Turtles nesting in Ballena National Marine Park
  • Excellent surf in Pavones and Cabo Matapalo
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July

  • Mini surf season in the southern Caribbean
  • Leatherback turtles nesting in Manzanillo
  • Hawksbill turtles nesting in Cahuita
  • Leatherback turtles nesting at Camaronal Wildlife Refuge
  • Pacuare River levels high for whitewater rafting
  • Hawksbill, loggerhead & green sea turtles nesting in Tortuguero
  • Peak whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River
  • Hawksbill turtles nesting at Ballena National Marine Park
  • Whale watching season in Drake Bay
  • Surf is up in Pavones and Cabo Matapalo

August

  • Ideal surfing along the Pacific coast
  • Great snorkeling & diving along the northern Pacific coast
  • Leatherback turtles nesting at Camaronal Wildlife Refuge
  • Olive Ridley turtles nesting in Santa Rosa National Park & Ostional Wildlife Refuge
  • Pacuare River levels high for whitewater rafting
  • Green sea turtles, hawksbills & loggerheads nesting in Tortuguero
  • Peak whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River
  • Whale watching season in Drake Bay & Ballena National Marine Park
  • Big waves in Pavones and Cabo Matapalo
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September

  • Great scuba diving in Cahuita & Manzanillo
  • Hawksbill turtles nesting in Cahuita
  • Peak month for nesting Olive Ridley turtles in Santa Rosa National Park & Ostional Wildlife Refuge 
  • Pacuare River levels high for whitewater rafting
  • Hawksbill, green & loggerhead sea turtles nesting in Tortuguero
  • Excellent tarpon fishing in Barra del Colorado
  • Peak whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River
  • Hawksbill & Olive Ridley turtles nesting at Ballena National Marine Park
  • Whale watching season in Drake Bay 

October

  • Great scuba diving off Cahuita and Manzanillo
  • Leatherback turtles nesting in Las Baulas Marine Park
  • Peak month for Olive Ridley turtles in Santa Rosa National Park & Ostional Wildlife Refuge
  • Pacuare River levels high for whitewater rafting
  • Green sea turtles, hawksbills & loggerheads nesting in Tortuguero
  • Excellent tarpon fishing in Barra del Colorado
  • Ideal month to view lava flows at Arenal Volcano 
  • Peak whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River
  • Hawksbill & Olive Ridley sea turtles nesting at Ballena National Marine Park
  • Whale watching season in Drake Bay 

November

  • Leatherback turtles nesting at Las Baulas Marine Park
  • High winds make for great windsurfing in Bahia Salinas
  • Leatherback turtle nesting at Camaronal Wildlife Refuge
  • Peak month for nesting Olive Ridley turtles in Santa Rosa National Park & Ostional Wildlife Refuge
  • Great whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River
  • Hawksbill turtles nesting at Ballena National Marine Park

    December

    • Epic surf in Puerto Viejo
    • Leatherback turtles nesting in Las Baulas Marine Park
    • Birdwatching season in Palo Verde National Park
    • Great scuba diving off Playa del Coco
    • Pacific sailfish season for Quepos and Tamarindo
    • Scarlet macaws mating in Carara National Park
    • Windsurfing season begins on Lake Arenal
    • Quetzal sightings in San Gerardo de Dota
    • Humpback whales migrating in Ballena National Marine Park
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    January

    • Good surf in Puerto Viejo
    • Leatherback turtles nesting at Las Baulas Marine Park
    • Peak birdwatching in Palo Verde National Park
    • Great scuba diving off Playa del Coco
    • Pacific sailfish season for Quepos and Tamarindo
    • Scarlet macaws mating in Carara National Park
    • Great windsurfing on Lake Arenal
    • Quetzal sightings in San Gerardo de Dota
    • Humpback whale season in Ballena National Marine Park

    February

    • Good visibility for snorkeling & diving off Cahuita and Manzanillo
    • Big waves in Puerto Viejo
    • Leatherback turtles nesting in Las Baulas Marine Park
    • Peak birdwatching in Palo Verde National Park
    • Pacific sailfish season for Quepos and Tamarindo
    • Scarlet macaws mating in Carara National Park
    • Great windsurfing on Lake Arenal
    • Quetzal sightings in San Gerardo de Dota
    • Humpback whale season in Ballena National Marine Park

    March

    • Peak diving & snorkeling in Cahuita and Manzanillo
    • Best surfing waves in Puerto Viejo
    • Quetzal season begins in Monteverde
    • Peak birdwatching in Palo Verde National Park
    • Leatherback turtles nesting at Las Baulas Marine Park
    • Scarlet macaws mating in Carara National Park
    • 800 + orchid species in bloom at Cartago’s Lankester Garden
    • Leatherback turtles nesting in Parismina and Tortuguero
    • Great rainbow bass fishing on Lake Arenal
    • Quetzal sightings in San Gerardo de Dota
    • Humpback whale season in Ballena National Marine Park

     

    April

    • Leatherback turtles nesting in Manzanillo
    • Hawksbill turtles nesting in Cahuita
    • Quetzal season in Monteverde
    • Great scuba diving off Playa del Coco
    • Scarlet macaw mating season in Carara National Park
    • 800 + orchid species in bloom at Cartago’s Lankester Garden
    • Peak leatherback turtle nesting in Parismina and Tortuguero
    • Excellent rainbow bass fishing and windsurfing on Lake Arenal
    • Surfing season begins in Pavones
    • Quetzal breeding season in San Gerardo de Dota
    • Humpback whale migration in Ballena National Marine Park

    May

    • Leatherback turtles nesting in Manzanillo
    • Hawksbill turtles nesting in Cahuita
    • Quetzal season in Monteverde
    • Great snorkeling & diving along the northern Pacific coast
    • Leatherback turtles nesting at Camaronal Wildlife Refuge
    • Best month for fishing rainbow bass on Lake Arenal
    • Leatherback turtles nesting in Parismina and Tortuguero
    • Quetzal breeding season in San Gerardo de Dota
    • Olive Ridley and hawksbill turtle season at Ballena National Marine Park
    • Big surf in Pavones