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Guanacaste

Located 13 kms southwest of Carillo.

The tiny but exceptionally beautiful beaches of Islita and Corozalito are located between Camaronal Beach to the west and Bejuco Beach to the east. The terrain is composed of hills of volcanic origin , deep river canyons and steep cliffs.

The pounding surf that battles the coast has formed abraded cliffs and platforms where at low tide there are tidal pools and exposed rocks that serve as temporary shelter for brightly coloured fish, sea urchins, nerites, chitons, choras, caricacos and other invertebrates.

Islita and Corozalito Beach are separated by towering cliffs of volcanic rock that are 80 million years old and constantly sculpted by the sea. Islita, 1 km long, lies in a small cove watered by two streams that form tiny esturaries (suitable for bathing in the summer). Corozalito is larger (1.5 kms) and has an estuary, an almost full-grown mangrove swamp and fresh water, even during the dry season. Leatherback and hawksbill turtles nest at Corozalito Beach and the neighbouring Camaronal Beach, and sometimes at Islita, mainly during the month of October.

Cattle ranching is the main activity in the area and as it requires little labourers, the coastal population is scarce and mostly grouped in little hamlets at the foot of the hills.

The road that connects Islita with Corozalito is very picturesque. It wanders through wooded hills, 140 meters above sea level, which afford views of brilliant red sunsets, just before the sun slips behind the coastal range. At Barranquilla Ranch, it is not unusual to see armadillos, howler monkeys and their babies and white-nosed coaties, as well as magpie jays and different species of hawk, woodpeckers and parakeets.

North of Baranquilla Ranch is a mule track 5 kms. long that climbs to the summet of Potal Peak, a rugged site 618 meters above sea level, which affords a splendid view of 20 kms. of coastline, including Cabo Blanco and Arío, Bongo, Coyote, Bejuco, Corozalito, Carrillo, Buena Vista and part of Islita Beaches.

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