Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve

Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve

Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve became Costa Rica’s first protected wilderness area in 1963. Because of this area Costa Rica’s national park service was created: National Conservation Areas System. The “blanco” part of the park’s name coming from its white earth and cliffs which are due to the “bird droppings” on the tiny island of Isla Cabo Blanco off the tip of the cape on the southern most point of the Nicoya Peninsula.

The park is lush and beautiful with pristine sandy beaches (Playa Cabo & Balsitas) on the mainland with tropical rainforest. The spectacular beaches are known for the hundreds of pelicans ? you can actually wade right in and join the pelicans in the water.

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural reserve is also known for its Sapoditta trees. The tree produces a white latex used to make gum. You will see V shaped scars on the trees where they have been cut to let the latex run into containers.

Wildlife is abundant in Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural reserve, and you may observe monkeys, cougars, jaguars, gray fox, anteaters, hog nosed skunk, pelicans, white throat magpies, ringed kingfisher, toucans, cattle egrets, green herons, parrots, and turquoise- browed motmots.

Activities in Cabo Blanco Nature reserve mainly include hiking, swimming and wildlife watching on the 3140 acre land and 4420 acres marine park. Admission is $10 and the ranger station, where you can find restrooms and water, is open 8-4 Wed – Sun, closed Mon & Tues. It is a 3 mile hike from the ranger station to the beaches.

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural reserve is located 6 miles SE of Montezuma and Lat – 9.59514, Long – 5.14221. This is mostly a hot and relatively dry climate year round. Make sure to pack sunscreen and your bathing suit!

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