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The Cabo Blanco Park is the clearest example that forests can be regenerated if efforts toward conservation are pursued.

This great park, extending for 1250 hectares in the outer tip of the Nicoya peninsula, was mainly composed of devastated lands by indiscriminate deforestation in the 1960's when the park was created.

Now, it's a fully regenerated secondary forest full of huge native trees of all species and abundant wildlife. The park can be explored by following several paths that are available to visitors. The longest trail is about 3.5 km. long and takes you to the beach right in front of the Cabo Blanco Island.

But the park also protects all marine life around its shoreline and the around the island of Cabo Blanco which extends 1 km. out from its complete shoreline (1800 additional hectares of marine area).

The Cabo Blanco island is an incredible rookery for all sorts of marine birds. The island has the greatest colony of Brown Bobby birds in Central America, and also mantains the largest population of pelicans in the Nicoya Peninsula.

The Cabo Blanco Park is a living example that existing ecosystems can be restored when there is the determination and will to let nature take its course.

More information on the park:

Sea view from main park station
Sea view from main park station

Following a forest trail
Following a forest trail

Cabuya is the gateway to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve and it is strategically located for quick access to all the interesting places, resorts, and beautiful beaches that the lower Nicoya Peninsula offers to all visitors.

You can enjoy an spectacular sunrise at the beach in Cabuya, then move on to Mal Pais or Santa Teresa for afternoon surfing or a cocktail, and enjoy the sunsetl at the beach. After that, and in less than an hour, you could be in Montezuma for dinner in one of the many restaurants available there. This is the type of flexibility that setting base at Cabuya can provide the visitors to this worderful and nature-rich area of Costa Rica.

Cabuya is a small and quite fishing community and its the nearest town to the Cabo Blanco National Park.

The town has a small well-stocked grocery store, a local bar, and a bakery store that provides fresh bread and a great breakfast every morning.

An interesting site in the area is the Cabuya island which features the only active island cementery in the country. The island can be visited by walking to it from the beach on low tide. This is a pleasant hike that does not take more than an hour from the town, and can be done at any time during the day depending on the tide.

Besides the cementery, there is a small plantation of Cabuya plants in the island. The Cabuya plant have been used by native people to fabricate textiles and ropes way before pre-columbian times. This Agave-like plant is what gives the area its name.

Another interesting place is the Cabuya beach itself where the fishermen gather, anchor their boats, and bring in their daily catch. So you could buy fresh fish or seafood from them at the beach if you so desired, or just observe how they go on with their fishing tasks.

If you are interested in bird watching, observing nature, or just getting a refreshing swim in a fresh water pond then you can visit the Lajas River which is just walking distance from Cabuya.

Cabuya's strategic location is ideal for all nature lovers looking for a place to set base off the beaten track.

Nestled along the jungle-fringed coast with a backdrop of mountains, makes Cabuya a great spot to indulge in the many activities available here.

Hiking, beachcombing, snorkeling, birdwatching, fishing, surfing, and many other nature-related pastimes and tours available to fill your days with. Or just simply unwind in a hammock and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Check the various hotels and lodges in the Cabuya area that offer warm hospitality and personal service at an affordable price.

Cabuya fishermen anchoring boat
Cabuya fishermen anchoring boat

Entrance to Cabuya Island cementery
Cabuya Island Cementery Entrance

Cabuya Island from beach
View of Cabuya Island from beach

Cabo Blanco is situated in Cabuya in the southern tip of Nicoya Peninsula, in the central Pacific Zone.

From San Jose it is possible to arrive:

By Air
From the main international airport to the airstrip in Tambor. From here it is a scenic 37 Km drive passing through Cobano and Montezuma.

By Land
If you are travelling by car, take the main road (Panamerican) to Puntarenas where you catch the ferry to Paquera. The crossing takes about and hour and the views are spectacular. From here follow the signs to Tambor, Cobano, Montezuma and on to Cabuya.

The direct bus from San Jose to Puntarenas leaves the Coca Cola bus station in San Jose twice daily connecting with the ferry to Paquera, the journey takes approx 5.5  hours.

Once in Paquera, there is a connecting bus service to Montezuma.
A mini bus service or private taxi take you the remaining 7 Km to Cabuya and the park.

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Ferry from Puntarenas arriving at Paquera
Ferry boat arriving at Paquera

Map of the Cabo Blanco National Park areaRoad Map of the Nicoya Peninsula
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Bahia Ballena and Tambor air strip in the Nicoya Peninsula
Tambor air strip


There are constant cultural activities and other events going on in the area of Cabuya and the Cabo Blanco Park area.

We are constantly updating this page with the latest news from the area.
Jewelry stands on the streets of Montezuma
Jewelry and crafts stands