One of the First Natural Reserves
The Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve sits at the very tip of the Nicoya Peninsula and was founded in 1963. Here isn’t a whole lot of infrastructure and cities, it’s more natural and reserved from the central part of Costa Rica. Getting there is a little bit of an adventure but very well worth it. because of being so far off the normal path you will either have to take a rental car or private tour here. It is navigational by bus but not recommended.
With in the park itself, you will have a great time hiking. It is a rewarding feeling seeing the wildlife, and hearing. A great part about hiking through the park is you get to hear and sometimes see the Howler Monkeys. One of the trails is on the Cabuya side, and cuts across the park, you will navigate bridges and are some cool trees along the way all of which are labeled to learn their names. Another access is by way of the beach, hiking to Cabo Blanco beach is a little bit of a jaunt. It takes about 1-2 hours to complete but well worth the experience.
Not only is the park amazing, but the beaches nearby are exceptionally beautiful. Some of the beaches nearby include Montezuma, Mal Pais, or even Santa Teresa. These are all great beaches for surfing or simply just relaxing.
Shipwrecks near Cabo Blanco
A cool fact about the Cabo Blanco is the Ship Wrecks that reside there. Several shipwrecks have happened over the years, one being the U.S.S Typhoon, it was wrecked in 1971 and stood over 400 feet long. It was wrecked right in front of Playa Balsitas, unfortunately, access to these points is prohibited, and scuba diving to it is highly illegal. Many say that a huge section of the wreck is still intact. Another shipwreck of which you can actually visit is located close by Cabuya. It’s called the Caroline Star and is situated just outside of the protected waters of Cabo Blanco.
Cabo Blanco is one of the only reserves in the Nicoya Region. That means it is one of the last hopes for saving animals and wildlife in this area. Although the Nicoya Peninsula is very secluded it still has a large build up of hotels and resorts. Not only that but animals in the past were hunted to the point of being endangered. One example of this is the Jaguar, they used to thrive in this region and now only a few have been documented. The park is an amazing program to support by visiting. There is a large array of wildlife that you will find within the park including monkeys, Coatis, Margays, Coyotes, and many, many bird species.
Where to stay?
Staying in this region is by far one of the best experiences you could have. Because of the seclusion, you will enjoy fabulously the hotels that are up for offer. One of them being Tropico Latino, this comfortable resort caters to your specific needs and doesn’t break the bank. Also, the Florblanca Resort, this resort is a little more luxurious and a little more private. Finally, you could also try Pranamar Villas a beachfront hotel definitely worth the stay.
From howler monkeys to exotic trees, the Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve will offer you the best of the best.