Howler Monkey Hotel


Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve

The Howler Monkey Hotel (2 km) is at the gateway to the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve, the first nature reserve created in Costa Rica in 1963. It has abundant bird life and provides refuge to white-tailed deer, pacas, armadillos, anteaters, howler and capuchin monkeys, coyotes, porcupines, raccoons and coatis. There are also wild cats like ocelots, jaguarundis and margay cats but you will rarely see these elusive animals.

Cabo Blanco has two main trails, a 1-hour circuit and a strenous 2-hour hike to a wonderful beach on the other side of the park. The park is open Wednesday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Make sure you bring your bathing suit, sunscreen, camera and lots of water to hike the trails.

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
Sign at entrance to Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

Cabo Blanco is nestled in one of the most scenically beautiful areas of Costa Rica on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Map of Cabo Blanco and area
Map of Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve and area

Cabo Blanco is located at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula with Cabuya to the east and Mal Pais to the west.

Cabo Blanco beach on Pacific side
Cabo Blanco beach on Pacific side

The strenous hike to the beach side of Cabo Blanco is worth it. Make sure to take plenty of drinking water.

Cabuya Island

For a more leisurely hike, walk to the small cemetary island called Cabuya Island. At low tide, you can walk along the beach from the Howler Monkey Hotel across the rocky causeway to reach the entrance to Cabuya Island.

Walk through the arch to a trail leading to the town cemetary at the centre of the island, or circle around the island through volcanic rocks, tide pools and beaches.

Cabuya Island
Cabuya Island

Cabuya Island is the cemetary for the locals. It is surrounded by volcanic rocks and tidepools at low tide.

Entrance to Cabuya Island
Arch at entrance of cemetary on Cabuya Island

You can find the entrance to the trail at the arch. This trail leads down the middle of the island and the cemetary.

Oyster catcher
Oyster catcher at Cabuya Island

At low tide you will find a variety of birds, like this oyster catcher, fishing in the many tidepools.

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