Costa Rica literally translates to “Rich Coast,” an apt name for a country surrounded by oceans. On the Pacific side, offshore islands defined by their underwater pinnacles, such as Cocos Island and the Bat and Catalina Islands in Guanacaste, offer up enticing shark and manta ray encounters. These destinations boast heavy currents, making them more suitable for advanced divers. These are the most famous dive sites in Costa Rica and worth the effort to reach.
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Costa Rica Sea Life
particular pelagic life, abounds in Costa Rica’s waters.
During the rainy season, plankton blooms occur in the Pacific, attracting massive schools of manta rays, eagle rays, mobulas and whale sharks. January, February and March bring whale season, during which you can hear the haunting songs of humpback and pilot whales. June and July represent another humpback season as Costa Rica lies on the whales’ migratory path. Fantastic arrays of sharks, including hammerheads, bull sharks and nurse sharks, also arrive from May to November to feast on offshore bait balls.
Throughout the year, colorful fish and endangered sea turtles cruise along Costa Rica’s healthy coral reefs, which are brimming with vibrant hard and soft corals.
How to Get There
Flying into Costa Rica is easy. There are two international airports in Costa Rica – Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela near San Jose and Daniel Oduber International Airport in Guanacaste. Most international flights arrive to the capital city of San Jose. It’s also possible to enter the country by bus from other Central American countries. From San Jose, you can reach either coast by bus or private transfer. Offshore islands require travel by liveaboard.
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