Between Montezuma and Mal Pais on a beautiful stretch of coast full of small hidden, almost secret coves, is the quaint village of Cabuya, only 2 km to the Cabo Blanco Reserve.

One of the attractions in Cabuya is El Higueron tree (Banyan Tree) impossible to miss because of it’s immense size!

In 2009, INBIO (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad/Costa Rica´s National Biodiversity Institute) awarded this tree with the national prize as “most exceptional” in the country of Costa Rica.

This is a must see and great photo opportunity.

Another rare attraction of Cabuya is the small cemetery island (Isla de Cabuya), located about 300 feet off the coast. In pre-Columbian times the Indians used the island as a burial ground and until today funerals are still held here. When funerals are held there at night, the participants will sometimes walk to the island holding candles and lights, creating an eerie sight as seen from the hills above Cabuya and Montezuma, because it looks like lights are walking across the water.

When it’s low tide it is possible to walk over to the island where you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere with amazing views of the Cabo Blanco Reserve.

The reef on the extreme tip of the Cabuya Island is one of the best and magical spots in the area, great for a snorkeling session. Even without snorkeling equipment you would be able to see colorful fish swimming in the rocky tide pools.

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