It’s Whale Watching Season in Manuel Antonio, and Tulemar’s Tour Partner Has Everything You Need!

August 10, 2019

“What wildlife can I see when I stay at Tulemar?”. It’s one of the most asked questions we get, and guests are always blown away when we tell them there is a high chance they’ll see monkeys, sloths, toucans, macaws, and lizards right from their vacation rental when staying in Tulemar.  (We can thank our amazing friends at The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica for that!) In fact, our guests often tell us they see more wildlife inside Tulemar than they do in the National Park, and that has us feeling mighty proud if we do say so ourselves.

But what about marine wildlife? Lucky for you, August and September are common months for migrating whales to have babies. This means that they are active and often seen during daily excursions with Tulemar’s partnering tour company, Sunset Sails.

Here is what you can find on the company’s site:

Our company, Sunset Sails Tours has been performing whale watching tours in Manuel Antonio for more than 16 years and our tour guides have a lot of very interesting information about this Magnificent Mammal which they will share with you during the whale watching tour.

We do recommend going on our morning tour to see the Humpback Whales because as we will mention in this post, the best time to see whales is from August – October and this is considered to be rainy season here in Costa Rica and much of the afternoon time is sometimes filled with rain. The good news is we have a morning whale watching tour from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  This provides you with nice weather conditions and a great chance of viewing the Humpback Whale.

The best time and considered to be the Peak Season to see Humpback Whales around the coast of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is from August through the end of October.  With that being said, the Humpback Whale does make an appearance through out the year but as we mentioned, the highest chance of viewing them is from August – October.

If you have an opportunity to take a coastal cruise, when whales are in the area, you really don’t want to miss the chance. Sunset Sails is ideally equipped to take advantage of that opportunity and has helped create many lasting memories of the thrilling experience of seeing these wondrous marine inhabitants.

There are just a few months of the year, when the humpback whales pass through the waters off of Manuel Antonio, Quepos, on their annual migration from  Alaska to Costa Rica. If you should be fortunate enough to visit Costa Rica, during those few months of the year, you just might be in for an unexpected treat. They are not as plentiful as the ever present dolphins, and they don’t reside in these waters, so a chance to see them is something very special.

Sunset Sails loves to bring guests out to look for whales and other marine wildlife (like dolphins and turtles, which are seen very often!), however, it’s important to understand that these animals ARE wild, which means there is never a guarantee they’ll make an appearance. However, with a lot of patience and a little bit of hope, you just may spot a visitor whale for yourself!

Do you want to explore the gorgeous water off the coast of Manuel Antonio and try your hand at spotting a majestic humpback whale? Ask your concierge to book you a tour with Sunset Sails and you’ll be on the high seas in no time.

Pura Vida,



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