Costa Rica is actually a “sweet spot” when it comes to spotting humpback whales. They hang out in the waters near Costa Rica for a few months – from December to April – to breed and raise their young. The group of whales from the southern hemisphere makes its way to Costa Rica in mid-July and stay until the beginning of November. Try to line up your trip with the annual Whale and Dolphin Festival, where you’re almost guaranteed to spot a whale! Party on the beachIf you want to dance the night away on the beach with an Aguila in hand (the local beer), there’s a good chance you’ll find a good time in Tamarindo or Puerto Viejo.