Cabo Blanco

Annual rainfall is 3 m (120 inches), and is highly seasonal; almost all the rain occurs between May-October.  The site has several important habitats, including tropical dry forest, streams, sandy beaches, tidepools, lagoons, wave-exposed beaches, and rocky headlands and reefs.  Animal species include howler monkey, white-faced capuchin monkey, anteater, raccoon, coatimundi, and ctenosaur lizard. 
A wide range of bird species may be observed, including frigatebirds, brown boobies, trogons, antshrikes, and parrots.  The rocky reefs support a diverse array of colorful reef fishes and invertebrates. San Miguel is reached by crossing the Gulf of Nicoya on a car ferry, driving across the Nicoya Peninsula by bus, and then hiking the last 2 kilometers into the reserve.

Video produced by Kelly Ryan.

Field station description by Diana Lieberman (UGA) 

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We will be staying at the San Miguel Biological station located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific coast, within Cabo Blanco, is Costa Rica’s first national park (and its only Absolute Reserve).  The climate is hot and humid, with a mean temperature of 27 degrees C (81 degrees F).