Where to go

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Wildlife trips

4 related trip ideas. All our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

When to go

Best visited during the Pacific coast dry season, from December to April. The Caribbean coast has less rain between March and September but, being tropical, expect rain any time.

Seasons

  • Dry Season

    Dec to Apr: Costa Rica’s dry season is generally the best time to visit
  • Green season

    May to Nov: Most of the country is wetter, although the Caribbean coast received less rainfall

Wildlife events

  • Jan to Jul: Best time to see quetzal at Monteverde
  • Nov to Mar: Leatherback turtles in Tamarindo (Pacific coast)
  • Nov to Mar: The best time to see scissor-tailed flycatcher
  • Dec to Jan: Humpback and sperm whales off Corcovado NP (Pacific coast)
  • Feb to Apr: Leatherback turtles come ashore to lay eggs at Tortuguero
  • Mar to Jun: Best time to see three-wattled bellbird at Monteverde
  • Jul to Sep: Night walks to see green & hawksbill turtles at Tortuguero
  • Jul to Dec: Olive ridley turtles come ashore (Pacific coast)
  • Aug: Peak season for green and hawksbill turtles to lay eggs
  • Aug to Sep: Loggerhead turtles land on Caribbean coast

Places to stay

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