Costa Rica Nicoya Peninsula

The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information


Cabuya, Costa Rica

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Map of Cabuya Montezuma Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve Montezuma

Cabuya is a quaint little village, stretching along the coast until the border of the » Cabo Blanco National Park. A small bus connects to » Montezuma, located 7 km south of Cabuya, and to the entrance of the National Park.
The beach of Cabuya is pebbly and not well suited for bathing. However, a hike south along the scenic, lonesome beach brings you to the estuary of the majestic Rio Lajas.

The Rio Lajas in Cabuya Costa Rica
The Rio Lajas in Cabuya

A lagoon has formed at the river mouth which is good for bathing. You can also wade through the river upstream to find natural jacuzzis in the rocky river bed and watch a multitude of birds like » egrets, herons and kingfishersr.

Costa Rica's largest strangler fig

A natural monument is found on the road 100 m south of the bridge over the Rio Lajas: the Higuerón de Cabuya is a huge strangler fig with a diameter of around 22 m and an altitude of almost 40 m. Supposedly it is the largest strangler fig in whole Costa Rica.

Playa Los Cedros
Playa Los Cedros is between Cabuya and Montezuma

Following the hike along the beach north of the Rio Lajas you arrive at the sandy beach of Playa Cedros. Besides swimming, Playa Cedros also offers the best surf spot in the Cabuya and Montezuma area.
Still more pretty coves and scenic coastal landscape are found all the way until » Montezuma, including the white sand beach of Playa Las Manchas with its calm, turquoise waters and great snorkeling.

Cabuya Island
Entrance to the cemetery of the Cabuya Island

Another rare attraction of Cabuya is the small cemetery island (Isla de Cabuya), located a hundred meters off the coast. In pre-Columbian times the Indians used the island as a burial ground and until today funerals are held here.

View across Cabuya with Cemetery Island

At low tide a causeway over the rocks makes it possible to walk to the island to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The reef on the extreme tip of the Cabuya Island is a great spot for snorkeling. Even without snorkel equipment, you can see colorful fish in the rocky tide pools.

A small public bus connects 4 times per day to Montezuma and to the entrance of the Cabo Blanco Reserve, 2 km from the village of Cabuya. In dry season there is also a shortcut to Mal Pais on a rough 7 km dirt road over the hills. See: » From Malpais to Cabo Blanco