CABO BLANCO NATIONAL PARK
It is located in the province of Puntarenas, in the south part of the Nicoya Peninsula. It was created by Executive Decree No. 10 of October, 1963. Its extension is 1.172 hectares in the terrestrial and 1.790 hectares in the marina. Cabo Blanco is a refugee for flora and fauna of the dry pacific and for a great amount of marine species. It is of great importance for its scenic beauty.
Cabo Blanco is situated within the tropical west forest are of life. This area is predominated by evergreen species mixed with deciduous species. Some of the most common species are the jobo, nude indian, madroño, guacimo, guarumo, chaperno and kapok which have a great commercial value. In the areas of primary forest, the trees that stood are the loquat, the kapok and the espavel. In this wild area have been reported 119 species of trees.
The fauna in the reserve is not very different. However, there are species of mammals such as deer, howler monkeys, red and white-faced monkeys; porcupine, agouti, tepezcuinte, martilla, coyote, armadillo or cusuco and the tigrillo or caucel. Seabirds are numerous, particularly the brown goose, the frigate, the balck-headed gulls, terns and brown boobies. Besides the more common land birds are the toledo, crested jay, the cattle egret, vulture, the red widow, the green heron, the chachalaca, the collajero kingfisher, the perico aliamarillo and the turkey vulture.
Within the marine environments is possible to see many fish, crabs, chitons, winkles, lobster, giant conch, shrimp, clams and many other species. There are four programs to manage the reserve. The Research Program aims to develop the research and to establish y implement the necessary measures for its control and supervision. The Maintenance Program was established for upgrading and construction of the installations inside the reserve. The Protection Program prevents illegal actions inside the reserve such as hunting, fishing, fires and any kind of extraction of forest products.
Environmental Education Program supports the community relations to create a favorable atmosphere between the inhabitants of the surroundings with te reservation. It also ensures the attention to the national and foreginf tourists who visit the reserve.
Park facilities and hours
There are trails that go between the Administration Station and Playa Cabo Blanco, and Playa Balsitas and the San Miguel Station. Potable water and restrooms are available at stations, picnic areas and showers at Playa Cabo Blanco. Camping permits are limited. Facilities at the San Miguel Biological Station include classrooms, laboratories and a reference library. Bunkbed lodging with electricity, shared rooms and baths is available for groups up to 30.
The station is open to students, investigators, and any group interested in learning first-hand about these diverse, fascinating and increasingly threatened ecosystems. Costa Rica.
Our reception desk will be pleased to answer any questions you may have about these or other tours. Tours can be booked through our receptionists prior to or during your trip.
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