Los Pajaros Island Biological Reserve

These islands are four in number. The Negritos islands (Negritos Adentro and Negritos Afuera) are located at one of the tips of the Gulf of Nicoya, and the Guayabo island is about half way from Negritos to the port of Puntarenas in the inside part of the Golfo de Nicoya.

The gulf of Nicoya is a very scenic part of Costa Rica and the best area for sailing as there are lots of nearby spots to anchor and there is always a nice south wind for sailing.

The reason for setting these islands aside as biological reserves was to protect and preserve the large population of seabirds, together with the local flora and fauna.

Guayabo, with an area of about 7 Hectares, stands out as a mound of approximately 50 meter high, the island is rhomboid in shape and can only be reached by landing with much difficulty on its small and only beach. The rest of the island consists of cliffs constantly battered by the sea. The wildlife is exclusively seabirds. It is one of the largest nesting sites for the brown pelicans, and also it is the wintering site for the peregrine falcon.

Negritos Islands, with an area of about 80 Hectares, are covered with a semi-deciduous forest in which the predominant species are frangipani, spiny cedar and gumbo-limbo. Some of the species commonly found in the islands are red land crabs, white-tipped doves, parrots , raccoons and hermit crabs which are very numerous. Also roosting site for the brown pelican.

Pajaros Island is almost completely round and dome-shaped. At low tide it is very easy to walk around the island. The vegetation consists of a low-growing forest and small patches of second-growth grass.

The Guayabo, Negritos and P�jaros islands enjoy the mild, dry and all year round sunshine that is predominant in the whole Gulf of Nicoya.

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Leatherback turtle baby heading for the sea

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