Whale Watching and Turtle Nesting at Hotel Punta Islita

Whale Watching in the Pacific


The blue waters off the Pacific coast of Guanacaste host an annual spectacle that draws visitors from around the globe – the mesmerizing display of whales tail-slapping and spouting water into the air. From December to April, the Pacific Ocean becomes a stage for these gentle giants as humpback and pilot whales migrate through the region to begin their breeding cycle.


The coastal geography of Punta Islita provides an ideal vantage point for observing these marine giants. Imagine the thrill as a family of humpback whales surfaces just meters away from your boat, their massive tails disappearing into the depths, leaving you in awe of nature's sheer power and grace. The concierge team at Hotel Punta Islita can assist you in making this wonderful experience a reality.


Turtle Nesting and Spawning Symphony


As the whale-watching season winds down, another enchanting chapter unfolds on the Costa Rican Pacific shores – the nesting and spawning of olive ridley and leatherback turtles. From July to December, these ancient mariners return to the same beaches where they were born to continue the timeless cycle of life. 


Guided by the instinct to perpetuate their species, female turtles emerge from the ocean under the night´s dark cover to dig nests in the soft sands of nearby Playa Corazalito. Witnessing this ancient ritual is a profound experience, as these gentle creatures carefully deposit their precious cargo of eggs before returning to the ocean.



Guests can participate in guided nighttime turtle walks, observing the nesting process up close without disturbing the natural order. Witnessing tiny hatchlings make their way to the sea is a delicate reminder of the balance that sustains life along the Pacific coast. To support conservation efforts, Hotel Punta Islita actively collaborates with local environmental organizations to protect turtle nesting sites.


Immersive Experiences at Hotel Punta Islita


Beyond the captivating wildlife encounters, Hotel Punta Islita offers a luxurious retreat that seamlessly integrates with the natural beauty that surrounds it. The resort boasts eco-friendly practices, ensuring minimal environmental impact while providing guests with a comfortable and sustainable stay.


The rooms and private villas at Hotel Punta Islita offer breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the lush Costa Rican rainforest, allowing guests to wake up immersed in the energy of nature. The hotel also features two world-class restaurants serving locally sourced ingredients, with a menu inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Costa Rica.


The hotel's spa, Nanku, offers rejuvenating treatments for those seeking relaxation to complement their adventures-filled days. The spa's wellness menu draws inspiration from the indigenous practices of the region, using natural ingredients to enhance the overall experience. 


Plan Your Coastal Getaway


Whether you're an avid whale watcher or a nature enthusiast eager to witness the magic of turtle nesting, Hotel Punta Islita offers an unparalleled coastal experience. Plan your getaway to coincide with these natural spectacles, and let the magnificence of the Pacific Ocean and the wonders of wildlife create memories that will last a lifetime.


As you bask in the authenticity of Hotel Punta Islita, you'll find a genuine connection with the symphony of nature. This Costa Rican gem invites you to embark on a journey where luxury meets untamed beauty, leaving you with a profound appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.