Cabo Blanco National Park
occupies the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. It is the first national park in Costa Rica and protects an extremely important example of mixed evergreen and deciduous moist tropical forest, the last large tract in the area. It is home to many rare and threatened species, including curassow, crested guan, brocket deer and jaguarundi, along with more common species such as white-faced and howler monkeys, raccoons and kinkajous. There are excellent tide pools along the coast and Isla Cabo Blanco is and important seabird breeding site.
Cabo Blanco owes its existence as a protected area to Olaf and Karen Wessberg, who moved from their native Sweden to a small ranch on the peninsula in 1955.
Not long after arriving the Wessbergs discovered that the last of Nicoya's once magnificent forest were in danger of distruction from rapidly expanding agricultural settlment and lumbering. They set about collecting the funds necessary to purchase the last large stand of forest, and in 1963 they bought the land that now comprises the Reserve. Thus it is the oldest protected area in Costa Rica. Until the late 1980s Cabo Blanco was called an "absolute" reserve because no visitors were permitted. Now there are trails and visits are allowed. Park directors have closed the reserve om Monday and Thuesday to minimize tourist impact.
is a nature reserve consisting of 900 Hectares which was created with the intention to protect and revitalize tropical rainforests. Administered by the ASEPALECO a non-profit organization that accepts donations in order to extend this protected zone. They organize tours to waterfalls like ¨Velo de Novia¨ which is 84 meters high, that has unique vegetation and is worthy of admiration. For information visit www.asepaleco.com
Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife Rescue Center are located in Cabuya, on the edge of Costa Rica's oldest National Park, "Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco." The project consists of a wildlife rescue center; wildlife sanctuary (28 acre property of secondary & primary jungle near the national park Reserva Cabo Blanco); conservation education programs, reproduction for re-introduction of endangered or already extinct (in our area) species of animals & birds; combating the poaching, hide trade, & illicit pet trade in our area;
It also promotes reforestation by providing rare & endangered hardwoods & native fruit trees, to landscape natural forest environments, at minimal cost ($1 U.S. per tree).
Curú wildlife refuge
Despite its small size, Curù is an ecological gem. Located on Nicoya peninsula, is an important repository for plants and animals. There is an excellent birding and wildlife watching here, a good network of trails, sand beaches fringed by palm trees and rocky headlands and tide pools. The snorkeling and swimming are good. Plant communities found here include mangrove swamp, litoral good land and semideciduous and deciduous forest. The beach is an important nesting area for leatherback, ridley, and hawksbill turtles. Birders have recorded more than 200 species of birds, but there are probably more.