Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, Nicoya

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The Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve is a Nature Reserve of Costa Rica, part of the Tempisque Conservation Area in the province of Puntarenas, covering an area of 3,140 acres (12.7 km2) terrestrial and 4,420 acres (17.9 km2) marine on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula near Mal Pais.

The site is home to the San Miguel Biological Station which was developed to promote and support teaching, research, and environmental education and has facilities that include classrooms, laboratories and a reference library. The reserve was created in 1963 due to a campaign started by Olof Wessberg and was the first major conservation project in the country.

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  • They aren't kidding when they see it's the hottest park in the country! We were glad to have arrived by 8:30 am which not only helped during the steep climbs but allowed us to see some wildlife...  more »
  • There are two options for hiking in this beautiful preserve: a shorter ~2 mi trail and a 6 mi (10K) loop out to the beach. We chose the longer trail to the beach. Finding the reserve and parking is.....  more »
  • The hike is a bit of a challenge because the trail says it’s only 8km but in reality it’s more like 12km to go back and forth but if you love hiking and nature this is a great activity if you’re in the Montezuma area. The beach is rocky so not great for suntanning or swimming but it’s pristine, secluded and breathtaking
  • Long trek through nice dry jungle. Saw Deer, Coati, Monkeys, Birds, Iguana. Beach looked amazing but was it worth 2 hours of sweat? You be the judge.
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