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Cabo Blanco National Park

The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve or the National Park is located at the tip of the gorgeous Nicoya Peninsula and is said to be one of the most scenically beautiful places in Costa Rica. The park holds a special place in Costa Rica in terms of its historical context when it became the first ever protected area in 1963. The name of this ever beautiful piece of land stems from the nearby island, Cabo Blanco which is about 1.5 km away from the south end of the nature reserve. It has been fondly known as the ‘White Cape’ since the rocks there are covered in encrusted guano which gives it the white tips. Cabo Blanco is also a famous seabird sanctuary, providing a habitat of a large number of frigate birds, laughing gulls, brown pelicans, ospreys, common terns and the huge community of brown boobies in Costa Rica.

Along the coast, within the reserve are three roost trees which are inhabited by 250 brown pelicans every day. A beautiful sight can be encountered in the late afternoons from the gorgeous beaches of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais where the birds are seen gliding in a perfect V formation towards the reserve. The abundance of the exotic bird life is only matched by the aquatic underwater one with 1788 hectares of the ocean parts belonging to the safe area of Cabo Blanco. These waters host a large number of fishes, lobster, oyster and giant conches.

The reserve also encompasses about 1300 hectares of forest with varying types of trees, known and classified as a moist tropical forest. In these reserves, 150 trees have been clearly identified with the evergreen species being quite predominant. There are also the deciduous dry species and the common types include wild plum, lance wood, gumbo limbo, bastard cedar, frangipani and dogwood. However, the most abundantly found tree in the entire reserve if the spiny cedar with the trees being more than 40m high; proving a majestic sight to behold. There is also the silk cotton tree which grows up to 60m. What is even more interesting is the fact that rare species can be found in this location as well due to the climate and geographic location of the Cabo Blanco reserve which is ideal for such rare specimens. Rare species like Camibar are not found anywhere else on the entire Nicoya Peninsula which makes it a treat for the eyes.

Most of the Cabo Blanco reserve is a secondary forest which dates back to at least 60 years. The forest of Cabo Blanco is home to a large number of animals such as armadillos, monkeys, coyotes, white tailed deer, porcupines, raccoons, anteaters, howler monkeys and coatis. Wild cats such as margay cats and ocelots can also be found habiting the area. The lush green of the forest proves to be a breathtaking sight with the atmosphere rich with the calls of the monkeys and the chirping of birds. The moist air is refreshing in its texture and provides one a much needed sabbatical.

Admission fee: $10

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

Website: http://www.caboblancopark.com

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