Isla Cañas is an absolutely stunning wildlife reserve and well worth the effort required to visit its 13km stretch of sandy white beach and pristine ocean. Just a 10-minute boat ride from Cañas town will take you to Isla Cañas. It is the site of one of the most important nesting grounds for sea turtles in the Western Hemisphere.
The island has an area of 2,200 hectares. The refuge is made up of islands, beaches and mangroves. Four different species of sea turtles nest their eggs along the shore, up to 10,000 of them at a time along the beach line between the months of July-November every year.
Isla Cañas National Park also has the distinction of being the home of two archeological sites, both over 1,600 years old. You can trek along these sites and surrounding areas on horseback or boat and bask in the beauty of Isla Cañas’ stunning sites.
Isla Cañas is a protected wildlife reserve not only because of the thousands of sea turtles that hatch on its shores every year, but also because the area is home to many different species of marine life. The town itself, with the help of the National Environment Authority (ANAM, Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente) protect the area and the sea turtles when they hatch and trot towards the shore.
Many poachers are known to wait for the newborn turtles to hatch and take them for food or to sell, but this awful practice has been prevented due to the continued efforts of both locals and the ANAM.
Isla Cañas is more than just a wildlife reserve. It’s one of the most unique places on Earth, vital to the preservation of sea turtles, and a sight to behold that everyone should take a chance to experience. This kind of uniqueness can only be found in Isla Cañas.