At the southern tip of the Nicoyan Peninsula, just off the coast of Montezuma, lies Cabuya Island, one of Costa Rica’s must secluded and paradisaical places to escape the crowds and relax. This remote island features a myriad of relaxing and exciting activities, and visitors can get a break from the bustle mainland life with snorkeling excursions around the island, surf breaks at the world-class Secret Reef surf spot, or with yoga at at a beautiful yoga studio.
Cabuya Island is easily accessed by bus from the mainland, and during low tide it is even possible to walk to the island because the stretch of water between the island and the mainland drains away to reveal a sandy walkway. Don’t miss this fantastic location in Costa Rica, which is one of our favorites at BookingYoga.com to escape the crowds and really immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s “Pura Vida!”
Costa Rican Colón
Important dates in Costa Rica
Because Cabuya is such a sheltered retreat, visitors will not usually find many local festivals. The easily reachable city of Montezuma which lies a short 10 km bus ride away, has celebrations for typical Costa Rican Holidays, including:
- January 1st: New Year’s Day
- March/April: Easter Week
- April 11: Juan Santamaria Day
- May 1st: Labor Day
- July 25: Annexation of Guanacaste Day
- Aug 2: Patron Saint Day
- Aug. 15: Mother’s Day
- Sept. 15: Independence Day
- Oct 12 (entire weekend): Limon Carnaval
- Nov. 2: Dia de los Inocentes
- Dec. 24: Christmas Eve
- Dec. 25: Christmas Day
- Cabuya Island is also often called Cemetery Island for the cemetery which is visible on the island, and has been in use for as long as anyone can remember.
- At low tide, it is possible and enjoyable to walk from Cabuya Island to mainland Montezuma. Just make sure you don’t get stuck on the wrong side when the water comes back!
- Cabuya is home to a Giant Banyan tree, thought by many to be the largest tree in Costa Rica.
- Cabuya sits at the entrance to Cabo Blanco, a giant nature preserve that is one of the first conservation efforts of Costa Rica. The protections from fishing in this preserve is credited with the amazing fish biodiversity that can be seen when snorkeling around the island.
Good to know
The roads to access Cabuya Island are seasonal, and for much of the year the island is only reachable by boat. Make sure to check the conditions before you plan your trip to avoid a difficult transfer when you arrive!
Culture and Etiquette in Costa Rica
The influence of the culture for this region comes from the Caribbean, North and South America. The locals, who are endearingly called Ticos, are very proud of their heritage and enjoy conversing with foreigners about family, politics, education, peace and their homeland. Speaking of interaction between locals, when asked how you are doing, it’s common to state pura vida, which translates to full of life, in this particular instance. This word, used in many contexts, is as fluid as water. Ticos use it to answer ‘how are you?’, to reply to a ‘thanks’, and just to express joy.
You won’t have a hard time making friends with the Ticos, as they are friendly humans who take pride in their piece of paradise. When it comes to punctuality, you can expect lateness, as it is just a slice of the culture. In order to conserve the beautiful nature of ‘chill’ that exists in Costa Rica, the lack of awareness and recognition of time’s importance needs to be peacefully accepted. When traveling by bus, just make sure you are planning for a possible 2-hour delay.
If you plan to venture through the rainforests it’s best to bring bug spray, long pants and a hat. Creepy crawly bugs are not strangers to this area. For those who enjoy soaking up the rays in the beach zone, relaxed attire is very much welcome here.