Isla Del Caño

Costa Rica – Isla Del Caño (3-4 Day Trip)

Isla Del Caño is a small island in the Bahia de Coronado (Bay of Coronado) in Costa Rica. It is on the Pacific Ocean side of Costa Rica, east of the Peninsula de Osa. It has been established as a protected national park, with a permanent ranger station on the island. Nonetheless, it is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors for its beaches, coral beds, and sea life. Marine life includes manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles, whales, and a wide variety of fish. The island has a great historical and archaeological legacy: it was considered an ancient Indian cemetery, but the most amazing finding is the great number of stone spheres found throughout the island. Some are almost perfect and have different sizes. The vegetation is quite similar to Corcovado National Park. The only mammals present are pigs and tepezcuintles. There is a trail going around the whole island. There is camping allowed near the administration office, and there are latrines and drinkable water. Isla De Cano is the only live deep shelf reef on the pacific side of the North and South American Continent. The visibility is unlimited. The island also has more lightning strikes on it than anywhere else in Central America.

We would make a stop for lunch and site seeing at Drake Bay. It has been accessible only by sea until recently, and consequently remains a largely pristine lowland tropical rainforest. It is one of the last such remaining areas on the Pacific coast. Since about 1990, eco-tourism has been the principal economy of the area. It is believed to be a port used by Sir Francis Drake in the 16th century and the location of one of the British pirate’s fabled hidden treasures. The main town of Drake Bay is Agujitas and has a population of about 1,000 residents. There are miles and miles of beautiful coastline with rocky crags and sandy coves that extend from Agujitas, where the village of Drake Bay is located southward toward the boundary of Corcovado National Park about 12 miles to the south.

What to Bring

Comfortable clothing, strap sandals, hiking or sneakers shoes, mosquito repellent, sun block, sunglasses, raincoat or poncho, binoculars, camera, plastic bags, mask, snorkel, and fins and your BC and regulator if you plan on scuba diving. Surf boards (rentals are available), extra water bottle, dry clothes to change into, and towel. In addition, do not forget your prescribed medicine if you take any.

Supplied by Haiku: 14’ inflatable with outboard motor, Fishing gear, two person kayak, dive kayak, dive tanks, weight belts, (advanced notice is required for scuba diving. You must be a certified diver).