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Isla Del Caño

This 300-hectare island is one of the primary attractions of Drake Bay. It's about an hour-long boat ride from Agujitas - most tours depart from here, although you can also elect to leave from Sierpe. The waters around this island are home to a great diversity of sea life, including white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, sea stars, corals, manta rays and an array of ocean and reef fish. This makes Isla Del Caño an ideal spot for diving and snorkeling. In fact, in terms of Costa Rican dive sites, many divers consider this spot second only to Isla de Coco.

Whales also frequent the area and are occasionally spotted on the trip over.

The island itself was declared a biological reserve in 1978, meaning tourist activity is restricted. The island has a few picnic tables, men and women's bathrooms, hoses to rinse off your feet and an outdoor, freshwater shower. Isla del Caño is beautiful, but there is not much going on in terms of activities. Aside from walking along the beach and watching the many hermit crabs move around in funny, mismatched herds, you can also take a short hike into the rainforest to see the spheres. The spheres are pre-Columbian granite artifacts whose exact age and origin remain unknown. The examples on Isla del Caño are not nearly as impressive as others found, for instance, in Palmar. On Caño there are only two small spheres and a few miscellaneous artifacts, but the hike is nice, about 45 minutes, and mid-way through the path branches off toward a mirador (vista) if you care to make more out of the journey.

Interestingly, although Isla del Caño is rich in marine life, it is quite lacking in terrestrial life. Most of the animals on this island are reptiles, amphibians and arthropods (although luckily there are no poisonous snakes). There are no mammals, so forget about spotting any monkeys or agoutis. You will see several species of migratory bird, however.










By Laura Granfortuna
I've always had the travel bug - maybe it's because I've been traveling around with my family since I was an infant, but mainly I think it's because...
24 Jan 2009






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