GUAYABO, NEGRITOS AND PAJAROS ISLAND BIOLOGICAL RESERVES
Guayabo Island is located about 8 km south of the Puntarenas Port. The Negritos Island 16.5 km south and Birds Island is 13 km northwest from the Puntarenas Port. The Guayabo and Negritos Island were established as Reserves by the Executive Decree No. 2858-A, of February 28, 1973. Birds Island was created by Executive Decree No. 5963-A, of April 28, 1976. The Guayabo and Negritos Island have and extension of 143.5 hectares and Birds Island 4 hectares.
The island serves as breeding and habitat places of many seabird populations and flora characteristic of the area. The Guayabo island is an important rock of 50 meters high, cover in some areas of bushes and small thorny plants. Here highlights tree species such as grouse, the fig tree, coyol palms and viscoyol palms. For its part, in the Negritos Island, the flora is semi-deciduos with species such as white flower, pochote and nude Indian. In the cliffs are pure patches of home piñuela and viscoyol palm. In the Birds island, the flora consits of low-lying forest and patches of grass. Here predominates the guísaro bush mixed with guanacaste, the fig tree and the manteco.
The fauna of the islands is represented mainly by seabirds. In some seasons migratory birds come here in search of food and reproduce. The most characteristic species are the frigate, the laughing gull, the Brown booby and the Brown pelican. This last uses the Guayabo Island as a nesting area and it is estimated that there is a population of 200 to 300 individuals. Other species of fauna in these islands are the peregrine falcon, the white-tailed dove and the iguana. There are fiddler crabs, seamanship crabs, giant conch, oysters and a wide variety of fish.
Park facilities and hours
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