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Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

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Address: southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Nicoya, Costa Rica
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A challenging hike that is SOOOO worth it!

This is the oldest National Park in Costa Rica. And although the park is small, you can see a lot of wildlife. We saw Howler monkeys, White-faced Capuchin monkeys, Halloween... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 July 2016
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Vernon Rockville, Connecticut
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We were glad to have seen it, as it was the first nature reserve founded in Costa Rica. However, we saw a lot more wildlife from the botanical gardens where we were staying and around the beach. Eg. monkeys, a sloth, iguanas, butterflies, dolphins. Extremely hot and humid - pack lots of water and only do this if you are... More 

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Vernon Rockville, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

This is the oldest National Park in Costa Rica. And although the park is small, you can see a lot of wildlife. We saw Howler monkeys, White-faced Capuchin monkeys, Halloween crabs, Agouti, Deer, Spiny Iguana, and more. The ranger station at the entrance and the park it self are very clean. You have two options for a hike, one short... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Our kids, 6,9,and 11, really enjoyed the 5km hike to the beach. I had to carry my 6-year-old most of the way back, and we didn't start early enough to enjoy the beach for very long, but it was still fun. It took us three hours to get to the beach with a kindergartener hiker. Wear good shoes. No flip... More 

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Oujda, Morocco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Most people only go to the area for surfing, but they are truly missing out on the cabo blanco reserve. The hike is a real one -- they recommend 4 hours, but we saw great wildlife and felt like we were really in the jungle. Definitely recommend it, it's worth the sweat!

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

I do like to hike and I don't mind the heat so this 8km round trip experience was just what I needed. My sister, on the other hand, wanted to be airlifted out after the first 1/2! She made it though and it was a great adventure. The hike is moderate and most of it is at an incline on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

We opted for the Danish trail 'sendero danes' due to time restriction. FYI the hike was less than 1 hour with stops to enjoy the rainforest sights & sounds. We went first thing in the morning & were rewarded with a rainforest that was alive with a lot of fauna. We saw countless white face and spider monkeys, a deer,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

Great, moderately difficult hike through the jungle to a pristine secluded beach. We got there right at 8 when the park opened and saw tons of wildlife on our way to the beach but practically none on the way back around 11am. Get there as close to 8 as you can to beat the heat, the crowds and for the... More 

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Marin, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

The park closes at 4. We started our hike at 2 so we were unable to make it to the beach, unfortunately as everyone returning from it said it was beautiful. It was great to see a few variety of monkeys in the trees and we also saw some form of badger - about 25 yards away. A really perfect... More 

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Montezuma, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

I have lived next to Cabo Blanco for the past 5 years, hiked the park, and am uniquely qualified to give you all the information that you'll need to have an enjoyable experience when visiting - or at least how to avoid a miserable one. The park is open Wednesday-Sunday from 8am-4pm except for national holidays. Admission for foreigners is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

We walked the long trail to the beach (5 km each way). The hike can be steep; however, the walk took us less than 3 hours round trip and does not require anything vertical or any rope climbs. We stopped several times, took many pictures, and spent time at the beach area at the end. We saw capuchins (one had... More 

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