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Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

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Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

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Beach L wrote a review Feb 2020
Ontario, Canada159 contributions117 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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aml888 wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California385 contributions169 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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sarahholiday12 wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom58 contributions8 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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SpunkyJ wrote a review Aug 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana118 contributions36 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Jasmine38Chichester UK wrote a review Mar 2019
Chichester, United Kingdom1,497 contributions613 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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