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Cabo Blanco National Park

The Cabo Blanco National Park is located at the extreme southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, just south of Montezuma, in the province of Puntarenas. It was established in 1963 and is considered one of the successful examples of conservation.

Because of its small size (13 km2), many people consider it more of a nature reserve. The area where the park is located faced a severe deforested in the 1950s and 60s, but has been reforested to more than 80%, which has allowed the preservation of native species.

Reforestation has borne fruit because the park's flora is composed of a multitude of tree species. Some of these species are evergreen and characterize the rainforest. Caracoli (Anacardium Excelsum), wood-lilies, Luehea, hardwoods and many other species are also components of the flora. As for the wildlife, several species make it particularly surprising. Tourists can expect to see mammals: small squirrels, white-tailed deer, howler and white-faced monkeys, coatis, agoutis, coyotes, armadillos, anteaters, ocelots, etc. For the reptiles, it is black and green iguanas, whiptail lizards and boas constrictors. The winged family is represented by a very large number of individuals, including: brown pelicans, frigates, brown crazy gannets and a multitude of others. The Cabo Blanco National Park is also home to a marine fauna that is composed by several species of fish, crabs and mollusks, including giant abalones.

There are trails available for a hike to better observe animals, especially birds. For refreshment and/or do water activities such as : snorkelling and scuba diving, tourists have the choice between two beaches: Playa Balsitas and Playa Cabo Blanco.

For those reaching the park by car, there is a parking lot available. There is even a picnic area for people who want to eat during a resting moment. The park is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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