Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific region is an outdoor lover’s paradise.
You have beautiful beaches, dense rainforests, coastal mountains, and large national parks and protected areas.
There is plenty to do here, including canopy zip line tours, visiting the Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge, horseback riding to the breathtaking Nauyaca Waterfalls, an expedition to the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park, or a day trip to Cano Island for dolphin and whale watching, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Famous for its iconic sandbar isthmus formed perfectly into the shape of a whale’s tail, the Ballena Marine National Park is one of the best places in Costa Rica to see humpback whales. National Geographic calls Costa Rica the seventh best place in the world for whale watching because whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres migrate here to give birth and mate in two seasons.
Southern humpback whales come from Antarctica between August and October, while northern whales from California and Alaska arrive between January and April. The town of Uvita holds a Festival of Whales & Dolphins every September.