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Cabo Blanco Park Services & Policies

Park Services:
  • Visitors' center
  • Restrooms
  • Informational brouchures and displays
  • Resting and lunch areas.
  • Parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Waste disposal
  • Tel-Fax (506) 642-0093

Park Policies:

  • Park schedule - Wednesday to Sunday from 8am to 4pm.
  • Do not to take anything out of the park.
  • Do not leave anything in the park.
  • Keep to the trails.
  • Watch for your own security.
  • Do not disturb the ecology.
  • No hunting.
  • No fishing.
  • Do not consume alcohol or drugs inside park premises.
  • No smoking or fires allowed! You are visiting a dry forest!

 

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Park guard
Park guard

Park's main resting area
Park's main resting area

Cabo Blanco National Park Maps

Cabo Blanco Park Map with trails
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bigger version of the map that you can print:


There are basically two main trails inside the park available to visitors.

The shortest one is called the "Sendero Danés" (Danish Trail) which is about 1.3 km. long and can easily be walked during a morning or afternoon outing.

There are plenty of signs, photographs, and texts that explain plants and other interesting things that you will be encountering along the trails.

The longest trail is called "Sendero Sueco" (Swedish Trail) that takes you further inside the park to the Playa Cabo Blanco beach. This trail is over 4 km long and it will require more than half a day to do it. It is recommended that you bring a box lunch and water for this hike.

There is a historical site at the Cabo Blanco beach, also the Cabo Blanco island can be seen from here. You can relax, have your refreshment, swim, and enjoy the beach before you head back to the park's station.

Cabo Blanco Park shore
Sea view from park


Satellite image of the Cabo Blanco National Park:

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Cabo Blanco Park History

 

Up to the 1960's the lands that now constitute the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve were being depleted of their natural forests for use as farm and pasture land. The emphasis in those days was to develop and increase agricultural production and little concern was given to conservation of natural habitats.

Olof Wessberg (known as Nicolas) and Karen Mogensen arrived in Costa Rica in the 1960's in the pursuit of Karen's dream of finding happiness in harmony with nature. They chose to establish themselves in the Nicoya Peninsula.

Soon after establishing themselves in a farm near the Montezuma area, they set up on an expedition to the Cabo Blanco area in seach for native tree seeds to reforest their newly acquired farm. Upon arriving to the area, he was amazed at the abundant wildlife and the size of the trees in the area. This was like an oasis in the midst of a desert as all lands around had been devastated to give way to low-yield pasture and agricultural lands.

This experience was what triggered their determination to save and perserve this "natural jewel". With the aid of an international agency, they bought 1250 hectares of land in 1963 and turned these lands into the first protected area in all of Costa Rica.

Nicolas died in 1975 and Karen in 1994. Their bodies are buried at the Nicolas Wessberg Natural Reserve which was the original farm they bought when first arrived in the Montezuma area.

Thanks Karen and Nicolas for this great legacy you left Costa Rica and the whole world!

 

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Huge "Ceibo Barrigon" tree

Cabo Blanco Park Flora & Fauna

Flora:

About 140 different species of trees have been identified inside the park.

Due to the fact that the park is located in a transition area between the dry and wet forest, there exists a combination of evergreen trees (never loose their leaves) which are characteristic of the humid rainforest, and trees of the deciduous type (which loose their foliage during the dry season) and are characteristic of the dry forest.

Among the dry forest specimens found we can mention the "Pochote" (Bombacopsis quinatum), the "Guacimo" (Guazuma ulmifolia), and the "Indio Desnudo" (Bursera simaruba) but there are many trees present that are native to the whole Nicoya Peninsula area.

Among the evergreens is worth mentioning the tall and impresive "Espavel" (Anacardium excelsum), the "Guacimo Colorado" (Luehea seemanii), and the beautiful "Cortez Amarillo" (Tabebuia ochracea) which bursts into a yellow spectacle of flowers during the dry months of March and April.

Fauna:

There is a considerable variety of mammals in the park.

Predominant among these and very easily spotted by visitors are the Howler (Alouatta palliata) and the White-face (Cebus capuchinus) monkeys.

Also very abundant and easily seen are the White-nosed coati (Nasua narica) and the White-Tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus).
Also present, but harder to spot are the Margay (Felis wiedii) and the coyote (Cannis latrans).

But the greatest wealth in fauna is in the abundant marine birds, fish, crabs and mollusks found in the shore waters and in the Cabo Blanco island.
Worth mentioning is the healthy population of brown bobbies and pelicans found in the island, and also the plentiful Conch (Strombus galeatus) found on the park's waters.

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Pochote Tree


Howler Monkey