Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, Nicoya: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
4.5
National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Southern Tip Of the Nicoya Peninsula, Nicoya 50201 Costa Rica
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Kathy K
loomis ca941 contributions
Not worth it in the rain
May 2021
Pouring rain when we were there so the experience wasn’t the greatest. Trails were very muddy and slippery (hiked in keens with good traction). We did the shorter version of the trail. Signage isn’t great. Take a picture of the map where you buy your entrance tickets. Approx $12 per adult + taxes
Written May 5, 2021
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Beach L
Ontario, Canada171 contributions
Glad We Visited
Jan 2020
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 (however compared to other parks we have visited such as Caracara and Manuel Antonio it was minimal). We did the full hike out to the beach and loved the white sand and turquoise water. Having a certain level of physical fitness is helpful. Note that the Park Ranger has lots of great information to share when you buy your ticket (have LOTs of water, start your return from the beach no later than 2 pm, have proper footwear, etc) but only speaks Spanish.
Written February 4, 2020
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aml888
San Francisco, CA389 contributions
Great hike but be prepared
Jan 2020
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 easy. The fee is $12 USD per person and can be paid in dollars, colones or via credit card.

The trail is almost entirely shaded, a huge relief on a hot sunny day, but it is not an easy trail. There's a lot of elevation change, at least several hundred feet cumulative in each direction (you basically hike up to a high point and then down to the beach, then back up and down again on the return). Some areas are a bit technical (big steps up/down, lots of roots and rocks in some spots) but not terrible, just slow going. The real challenge is the heat. Be sure to bring a lot of water, more than you think you'll need. We each brought about 500 ml and wish we'd brought twice that. And wear sturdy hiking shoes (we wore trail running shoes, which were fine). If you wear flip flops, be prepared to be miserable. Also, while fine in the dry season, the footing would likely be quite treacherous in the rainy season.

The beach at the end is very pretty. We arrived at low tide and it was quite rocky by the water; even an hour or two later the water would probably have been up to the pretty white sand. There are no facilities (restrooms, potable water) at the beach but there are several nice picnic tables.

The mileage according to my GPS watch was almost spot on at 3 mi each direction.
It took us approximately 1.5 hrs to hike out and a little longer coming back (tired!).
One disappointment - we did not see many monkeys, birds or other wildlife (we started the hike at 9:20am so maybe it was too hot by then).

We celebrated surviving our jungle hike with cold beer at La Selva Brewery, a few km on the road back to Montezuma.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this hike if you're up for a bit of a strenuous walk through a beautiful jungle.
Written January 15, 2020
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sarahholiday12
London, UK60 contributions
LOVED THIS
Nov 2019 • Friends
Myself and my friend embarked on what we thought might be quite a treacherous hike according to some reviews. We packed enough snacks to feed an army..just in case!
The hike itself was a bit up and down with some slightly slippy bits and we started off early so it wasn’t super hot. We wore trainers which were fine and although we are moderately fit, I wouldn’t say this was an exhausting hike. Scenery was beautiful, we saw lots of monkeys, pelicans, terrapins, a snake and some sharks at the beach along with loads of butterflies and birds. Take plenty of water and your swimming things- worth a dip to cool off at the other end and the sea is lovely and calm. Rocky bits to some of the beach but there are patches of shade and some nice benches too if you like that kind of thing!
It’s worth the trip!
Written November 13, 2019
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SpunkyJ
New Orleans, LA114 contributions
Worth a visit!
Aug 2019
The 2-hour hike to the beach was definitely worth it (actually took us 1.75 hours), in fact quite magical. It was admittedly a bit strenuous due to it mostly being up or down most of the way, but the scenery is beautiful and there's plenty of wildlife to see (deer, monkeys, birds, bats, etc.). The lady working the entrance was very friendly and helpful. The trail was relatively well-maintained. The beach was very unique with all the white rocks, milky water and pelicans hanging out. Take lots of drinking water and be ready with the camera (there are a couple little stores in the town along the way). And I highly recommend wearing hiking boots for this walk.
Written August 19, 2019
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,578 contributions
Nice although tiring hike but disappointing beach
Mar 2019 • Couples
I would class the trail to the beach as a moderate hike as there are a lot of ups and downs. It's more like 6km each way than 5km but feels longer in any case as it is so hot and humid which made the hike very tiring. Park opens at 8am and I would suggest going as early as possible because once the sun is overhead it does permeate the jungle so you loose some of the shade. I'd also recommend a large bottle of water per person as we didn't take enough and ran out on the way back. You can fill your water bottle at the entrance and there is also a water tap when you get to the beach but it didn't state whether it was drinkable and it was actually really warm so not pleasant.

We saw both howler and white faced monkeys, coati, deer, big iguanas, various birds and some beautiful unusual butterflies.

The most disappointing aspect of the walk was the beach which was mainly stony with big surf. We were there at high tide so don't know if there is more sand at low tide. The beaches at Santa Teresa and Montezuma are much nicer. There are however some picnic tables at the beach and a couple of beach showers but no toilets - you will only find toilets at the entrance.

If you don't want to do the main hike to the beach, there are a couple of shorter circuits in the jungle starting from the entrance: one of 1km and another of 2km.

The park entrance fee is $12 and it's closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Written March 31, 2019
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Skip S
Anchorage, AK23 contributions
Exhausting hike
Mar 2019 • Couples
If you are not fit, do not make this hike. I actually am fit, but I’m also 64 years old and have no ACLs in my knees, making going downhill treacherous. It was totally satisfying after I finished (2:15 hours to beach/1:45 hours back), but if I had twisted my knees, I would have been in big trouble. I also failed to take enough water and didn’t know if the shower at the beach was potable or not, so I ran out of water on the hike back. Saw a hawk, deer buck, white faced monkeys. Monkey stole my friend’s banana off the picnic table at the beach.
Written March 10, 2019
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karen_from_ontario
Breslau66 contributions
Beautiful
Feb 2019 • Couples
According to our apps on our phones the hike is 6 kms one way. Not the 4 or 5 kms we read on various websites. It has lots of elevation changes. Take lots of water and snacks. Wear good footwear. It took us 1.5 hrs in and 2 hrs out. The trail is well marked as there are lots of visitors daily. The beach is nice and nice and refreshing. We started early in the day and it was still hot. We saw lots of wildlife- birds, howler and white-faced monkeys, etc. The guy at the front desk didn't speak English but he is use to dealing with tourists. He explained things in simple Spanish. We found this at a couple parks in CR with staff not speaking English. Considering that there are so many English speaking tourists found this disappointing for a national park. This is definitely a must do if in the Montezuma area.
Written March 6, 2019
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Hopper211
Denver, CO224 contributions
We Loved Our Time in Cabo Blanco!
May 2018 • Couples
The long trail isn't a fluff hike - we're experienced hikers, and it took about two hours to get to the beach and two hours back. Bring snacks and plenty of water. We were very fortunate in that we saw only two other couples the entire time we were on the trail and had the beach to ourselves while we were there. We had some great wildlife sightings as well. Pretty magical!
Written February 27, 2019
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Nancy F
Garrett Park, MD5 contributions
A long hike!
Jan 2019 • Couples
I would rate the hike as moderate, not difficult. We saw a monkey or two, a few birds, but little else. The beach - at least at low tide- was rocky and unswimmable, which was a disappointment. Go at high tide, perhaps! But a good workout altogether. No place to change at the beach, but a nice hammock and a lot of picnic tables. There was quite a crowd when we were there!
Written January 19, 2019
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