“On the Pacific Coast, August marks the start of turtle nesting season on the Osa Peninsula, with hatchlings emerging through October and November.”
Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast boasts one of the largest nesting populations of green turtles in the world. They start arriving to lay their eggs in July and keep coming until early October. With it taking just over nine weeks for the eggs to hatch, it’s possible to catch hatchlings emerging from the sand and making their way to the water as late as early December, though the likeliest time to catch this mesmerising spectacle is September and October.
Unlike in the rest of the country, this is actually dry season on the Caribbean coast, so when you’re not spotting turtles, it’s the perfect time to explore the park’s coastal rainforest, threading your way through canals, swamps and waterways in search of caiman, monkeys, sloths and macaws.
Humpback whales arrive in Costa Rica from Antarctica every year from July to October, a journey of some 8,000km. They come to the warm, shallow waters around Uvita to give birth and raise their calves. Uvita’s cluster of luxurious, boutique, clifftop hotels provide an ideal vantage point, though there are also opportunities to get out on boats (sea conditions permitting) and see the giants up close as they show off their acrobatic skills.
IT DOESN’T RAIN ALL THE TIME
“Costa Rica has so many micro-climates that if it’s raining where you are it could be perfectly sunny just a short hop away.”
It may be the wet season, but it certainly doesn’t rain all the time. Mornings in particular tend to be bright and sunny, making them perfect for wildlife viewing, hikes, lying by the pool or trips to the beach. Then if it rains in the afternoon, you’ve the perfect excuse to book yourself a massage or order another cocktail.
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