From the time of colonization, Cóbano has been a district dedicated to agriculture. However, in 1958 service supply and the construction of Tambor Pier were the main working activities.
During this time, trade was carried out through Puntarenas, by using boats as marine means of transportation to cover distances up to five hours. This was the only possibility for trading, given that, due to its geographical location, Cóbano was isolated from the rest of the Nicoya Peninsula.
The Ferry to Naranjo Beach was established in 1965. This consequently favored the construction of roads to connect the main coastal towns.
Nowadays, in Cóbano, farming is gradually disappearing, and stockbreeding is less developed if compared to the past. The same happens with forestall activity. All these activities have been changed by tourism. Among the most visited beaches there are: Tambor, Montezuma, Mal País, Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa and Manzanillo.
As a protected area, Cóbano houses Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve, which includes Cabo Blanco island, located 1.6 km from the coast. The island is formed by vertical rocks covered by guano, which represent an extraordinary shelter for marine birds.
In Cóbano, there are public primary and secondary schools in every community, along with several private and bilingual schools for primary and secondary education.
To reach Cóbano, visitors can reach the Port Terminal of Paquera on paved road. The distance between Cóbano and Paquera is approximately 40 km. Moreover, since November 2006, we offer a direct bus service from San José to Mal País and Montezuma, which has improved the access to this area.
Along the coastline, visitors can find a great variety of restaurants, marine resorts, bars and discos all year round.
From February to April, Cóbano offers the best of its traditions and folklore in the fascinating bull ridings, where valuable exponents of stockbreeding are the main attraction. Additionally, people can enjoy the well known “topes” (parades in which riders show their best horses). During this period, visitors can enjoy an atmosphere of celebration and joy together with local people, who are known for their kindness and enthusiasm.
In Costa Rica, each canton usually defines a week of the year for the celebration of popular holidays. Locals are invited to gather together and enjoy the activities. In Cobano, celebrations usually occur in February, enriching the town with several activities: beauty contests to choose the “queen of celebrations”, carrousels, horse-related activities, bull ridings, “boyero” (oxherder) parades, dancing and a wide range of food and drink services.
The town of Tambor is located south of the Nicoya Peninsula, in Ballena Bay. Here visitors can enjoy a long grey-sand beach, ideal for walks, exercising, tanning, enjoying with the family or simply relaxing, while admiring transparent waters and the beautiful landscape surrounded by varied and colorful vegetation.
In the months of September and November, one of the most amazing marine shows can be appreciated. In fact, whales coming for the north in seek of warmer waters to give birth in reach this area. Turtles’ hatching can also be observed.
In this area, there is the only local airport of the south region of Nicoya Peninsula. Thanks to this, the place can be reached in 20 minutes from San Jose. Tango Mar Hotel is located 15 minutes from the local airport.