Pajaros Island Biological Reserve Costa Rica

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Pajaros Island Biological Reserve Costa Rica located in the Gulf of Nicoya, was included in the national park system on December 27th 1982, to preserve plentiful populations of marine birds, its flora and fauna, to protect seabird nesting colonies and to spare them from other developments. The island is part of the Guayabo, Negritos and Pajaros Biological Reserve. The climate here is hot and sunny most days of the year. The small amount of rain falls between May and November.

The Pajaros Island is more or less round dome-shaped which can be seen from Costa de Pájaros (Birds Coast). At low tide, it is possible to walk around it along the two small beaches and a narrow platform. It’s composed of the same kind of sandstone as Guayabo Island.

The vegetation consists of a low forest with patches of grassland with shrub. The predominant species is wild guava (Psidium guineense) and crown fig. Many species of marine bird use this island for nesting. Resident animals include rock oysters, crustaceans like barnacles and birds from other groups.

The park service maintains no facilities or trails for visitors on the island, so the only alternative for closer examination of this biological reserve island would be to go to the village of Costa de Pájaros (Birds Coast) located 21 kilometers off the Inter-American Highway, north of Puntarenas. Although, in Puntarenas there are hotels, restaurants, markets and it is possible to hire boats, since every island is accessible by boat from Puntarenas. To visit the island you may need a permit from the Tempisque Conservation Area.

Getting to Pajaros Island Biological Reserve:

From San Jose take the Pan-American Highway to Puntarenas exit, passing through San Ramon and Barranca. Probably the easiest way to see the Pajaros Island is to take one of the daily cruises from Puntarenas to Tortuga Island, since the route taken on these excursions passes by these islands. Now you can also take the new Caldera Highway (route 27), until you get to Punta Morales, passing through the Puntarenas entrance. The Caldera trip takes about 1 hour from San Jose while the other takes about 2 hours.

From Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR), drive south on the Pan-American Highway to Puntarenas. Probably the easiest way to see the Pajaros Island is to take one of the daily cruises from Puntarenas to Tortuga Island, since the route taken on these excursions passes by these islands.

By bus

Take a bus from the route San Jose – Puntarenas, which takes about 2 hours and then take a boat, preferably to Tortuga Island, to observe the Pajaros Island Biological Reserve.

Location: 13 km northweast Puntarenas, in Nicoya Gulf.
Puntarenas Ferry GPS Coordinates: 9.977431,-84.848553 (9°58’38.75″N, 84°50’54.79″W)
Size: 3.8h (10 acres)
Altitude: sea level up to 50m
Tempisque Conservation Area Telephone: +(506) 2686-4967 / 2686-4968
Tempisque Conservation Area Fax: +(506) 2686-4969
INFOTUR Tourist Information: 1192

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