When is a great time to spot wildlife? Wild animals can be found in ecosystems like deserts, forests, rain forests, plains or grasslands. Often wildlife is hidden and difficult to spot. Here you will find the right time and areas where the chance for a wildlife sighting is much higher.
15.09.-15.10. Hauptbrunftzeit des Rothirsches / Main rutting season for bull elk.
The bull elk is bugling until he was succesful. This is the reason that the season can be shorter or even longer.
Be there early morning around 6 a.m. or in the evening around 6 p.m. if you want to hear this spectacle.
There is no easier place in Costa Rica to see wildlife in the wild. Therefore Manuel Antonio is a very popular Park in Costa Rica with more than 400.000 visitors in 2015. The park opens in the morning at 7 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. Nowadays limited access, 600 visitors on weekdays and 800 on weekends and holidays. It's essential to show up early.
On Weekends and during Costa Rican holiday you should avoid a visit. The Park is even closed on Mondays because of the number of people coming here on the weekend. This requires clean-up on this day. Therefore, the best days are Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesdays, many visitors who were not able to enter on Monday may choose this day.
To beat the crowds be there early when the park opens at 7.00 a.m. As an alternative you can go late, if you visit the park in the afternoon, you may run into fewer visitors during that time. But remember that the number of visitors is limited.
Besides the tourists from all over the world, many Costa Rican school children visit Manuel Antonio. The park offers an education program for schools, organizations, and independent visitors. The focus of the program is to provide local children the opportunity to experience, the beauty and biodiversity of the most renowned National Park of Costa Rica.
Check the Costa Rican Holiday schedule to avoid too many people here.
The dry season starts in December and lasts until the end of March. The rest of the year will be the rainy season. But be aware that rainfall can happen as well during the dry months.
On average, the temperatures are always in the high twenties (Celsius) / around 80° F, Most precipitation from May to November. The driest month are January until March. On average, the warmest month is March with almost 300 hours of sunshine. September is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don't like too much rain, road conditions became worse and spotting animals will be challenging.
Each evening at dusk thousands of bats come out of the cave in a spiral formation which can last for hours.
Best months for travel to Trinidad are the dry season from January to May, but rain can always occur. In the rainy season, it may rain several times each day, but the sky clears up in between. There is often a short break between mid-September until mid-October Luckily Trinidad and Tobago are south of the hurricane belt and hardly experience a hurricane, but it can happen like in September 1963 or September 2004. Trinidad is most likely to be affected between August and September.
The dry season is likewise the peak season. October until Christmas it's less crowded, and temps are cooler.
All animals are active at the beginning of the rainy season in December.
The dry season last from April to November. Often Kirindy is not accessible from January to end of March. In October you may see baby lemurs. There are fewer midges at the end of the dry season.
Accessible all year. However, during the dry season (May to October) road and hiking conditions are better. Anyway rain can always occur, 210 days each year in the east of Madagascar. Best months are at the end of the dry season; September and October to spot lemurs with babies.