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Cano Island

The Isla del Caño Biological Reserve (RBIC) is located on the Pacific continental shelf of Costa Rica, 16 km northwest of the Osa Peninsula in the province of Puntarenas.

Isla del Caño consists of 320 land ha and 5,800 ha sea. Its waters have one of the most extensive and in the best condition coral reef formations on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. There are five coral platforms (or low reefs) with extensions ranging from 0.8 to 4.2 hectares. It is an important area for raising humpback whales, both from the northern and southern hemispheres, as well as resident species of dolphins.
In the terrestrial area, remains of the stone spheres created by pre-Columbian civilizations are found. Isla del Caño was occupied by various human groups. It is believed that between 700 and 1500 B.C. It was used as a cemetery by Chiriquis societies, or as a permanent residence by the Quepos or Bruncas.

The beaches are sandy and stone and lack mangroves. The upper zone contains an undisturbed humid tropical forest and there are also secondary forests of different ages. In the forest 158 ​​species of plants have been identified.

General characteristics:
-Creation: Law No. 6215 of March 9, 1978
-Surface: 320 ha on land and 5800 ha on sea
-Maximum altitude: 110 msl
-Climate: rainy with a dry season not very pronounced
-Dry season: from January to April
-Rainy season: from May to December
-Average annual rainfall: 5,150 mm
-Temperature: 26-27 ˚C
-Relative humidity: 100%
-Hydrology: The hydrological system has a central divide in a longitudinal direction with east-west orientation, with a majority of the permanent channels and low flow
-Soil: deep soils, with organic remains that regulate the infiltration process.

Services and attractions

  • Drinking water and an outdoor shower

Main attractives:

  • Diving

  • Snorkel

  • Path to the viewpoint

  • Whale and dolphin watching

It is recommended to carry the following implements:

  • Trash bags or dry bags (to keep things dry inside the backpack and pack the trash to remove it from the Reserve
  • Bottled water, hydrating drink.
  • Sunglasses
  • Repellent • Sunscreen (without oxybenzone)
  • Photographic camera

How to get:
To get to the Isla del Caño Biological Reserve I can do it from the communities of Drake Bay, Uvita Bay and Sierpe.

By vehicle: Take the Inter-American Highway South to Puerto Jiménez. There are three inputs:
La Leona, Los Patos and San Pedrillo (the latter is closed from May 1st to December 1st, every year).
To get to La Leona: In Puerto Jiménez you take the bus to Carate and from there you walk about an hour to the station.
To get to Los Patos: From Puerto Jiménez continue to Guadalupe de La Palma and from there it is 10 kilometers to the entry point. When the river is low you can go by 4×4 vehicle, but in the rainy season just walking.
By boat: You reach Sierpe, Drake or Uvita and from there take a boat to the entrance of San Pedrillo.

Telephone: 2735-5036.
You can only go to the Park with prior reservation to the email
To enter the El Tigre sector, you must book with the Dos Brazos de Tigre River Conservation Association (ACODOBRARTI) directly to the phone: (506) 8323-8695
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