The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is located at the southern point of the Nicoya Peninsula. It was actually the first protected area of this country and is considered today to be one the most beautiful Nature Reserves of Costa Rica. There is a small island called Isla Cabo Blanco that lies about 2 kilometers away from the tip of the reserve. It was given the name of Cabo Blanco, or White Cave, for the guano that covers the rocks giving it this whitish color. Cabo Blanco is a sea bird territory but this is off limits for the tourists. Huge numbers of birds, laughing gulls, brown pelicans, brown boobies and common terns all seem to cohabit in peace.
The forest of the reserve is a nature’s splendor at its best and consisting of what is called Mixed Forest, or Tropical Moist Forest. Out of the 150 trees, the evergreens are the most common species. However, there are a few dry deciduous trees as well. Most of the forest of Cabo Blanco is a secondary forest with 15% of what is left of primary forest. The primary forest is actually inaccessible to many people for its elevated location. Some hikers might be able to make most of the reserve during dry season but the trails will still be challenging.
This lush verdant jungle is home to many exotic animals that include howler monkeys, spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, anteaters, coyotes, armadillos, porcupines, coatis and white tailed deer. There is also an abundance of birds like the Motmot, Crested Caracara, Ringed Kingfisher and Sulfur-winged Parakeet amongst many others. Wild cats like the Ocelots and the Margay are present but usually run away from people. The Reserve also includes 18 hectares of the ocean where extraordinary sea life can be observed when snorkeling and scuba diving.
Cabo Blanco is squeezed between two of Costa Rica’s most popular beaches, Malpais and Montezuma. Many visitors indeed take advantage of being in the area to visit this unique reserve. To reach the park one can come from Montezuma passing through Cabuya and there you will find the entrance of the park. There is a ranger’s station that gives information about the reserve, its trails and biodiversity. It is always best to arrive early to make the most of this unique gift of Costa Rica Nature. Also don’t forget to bring sun block, insect repellent, swimming gear and a change of dry clothes.
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