Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica
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Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, Costa Rica

Cabo Blanco was originally established as an "Absolute Nature Reserve" whose access was restricted to scientists and park rangers. Nowadays visitors are allowed to hike through the reserve on designated trails. Currently only the "Sueco"and "Danes Trail" may be used.
Chances to spot animals increase if you move slowly and silently, or sit quietly at a riverside. In dry season the visibility through the thickets is better, as many trees and shrubs shed their leaves.

The Cabo Blanco park is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 8 am - 4 pm. Entrance fee: $ 10
From Montezuma and Cabuya a small public bus drives to the park entrance four times per day.

Unfortunately there is no entrance to Cabo Blanco from the Malpais side
» From Malpais to Cabo Blanco

Map of Cabo Blanco

Cabo Blanco Map

At the entrance to the nature reserve you will find an information booth about the wildlife and history of Cabo Blanco. The rangers there are very helpful in answering questions.
At the station there is
also a tap for filling up water bottles.

If you want to hike the Sueco Trail to the Cabo Blanco beach you should be at the park entrance no later than 12 m.d. The Sueco trail is 4.5 km one way, and you will need your time for the hike, which rises up steeply before dropping down to the beach.
An easier, shorter walk is the 1.5 km loop of the Danes Trail.

The beach of Cabo Blanco

The white-sand beach of Cabo Blanco

The gorgeous white-sand beach of Playa Cabo Blanco lies in a half-moon bay framed by cliffs and rocky headlands. Here you can feel like Robinson Crusoe and enjoy a well-deserved, luxurious bath on the pristine paradise beach.

When looking for a shady place on the beach, take care not to sit under the "Manzanillo" tree whose droppings can cause skin irritations.

Take nothing from the park with you (besides your trash of course). Even driftwood and empty shells are part of the maritime life cycle.