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Fruit :
Jobos
Orange
Bitter Orange
Coffee
Banana "tree" - several types
Mango - several types
Lime
Avocado
Guava
Guanabana - Soursop
Mamey
Breadfruit
Breadnut
Chironja
Tangerine
Carambola - Starfruit
Coconut Palm
Red Cacao
Yellow Cacao
Coffee
Papaya
Pineapple
Passionfruit
Flowers:
Hibiscus - variious
Heliconia - 10 types
Gingers   - various incl:
  Shell, Red, Torch, Beehive,
  Spiral, Kahili. White
Shower of Orchids
Mexican Creeper
Honeysuckle
Passionfruit
Bougainvilla - various
Impatiens
Vinca
Fountain Grass
Iris
Rain of Coral
Allamanda
Anthurium
Begonia
Angels Trumpet
Swamp Lily
Hibiscus - various
Amaryllis
Shrimp Plant
Jasmine
Orange Jasmine
Petrea
Plumeria
Plumbago
Spathiphyllum
Bird of Paradise
Bromeliads - various
Orchids - various
Queen of the Night
Firecracker Flower
Other:
Bamboos
Sugarcane
Taro
Ti
Crotons - various
Chinese Evergreen
Elephant Ear
Snow Bush
Ferns - dozens of types
Peacock Plant
Dracaena
Philodendron
Graptophyllum
Red Ivy
Zebrina
Monstera
Garden Banana
Garden Coffee
Pineapple
Oyster Plant
Swordplant
Aloe
Agave
Critters:
What you won't find:
poisonous snakes and dangerous animals, which makes hiking through the jungles and rivers safer and more pleasant. And, there are virtually no mosquitos here at Maravilla.  As our guest Jade said: "It's Costa Rica without the bugs!"

But there are many kinds of entertaining small lizards, tiny coqui frogs and many species of birds (see below)  And some surprising wildlife, such as mongooses, crabs and crayfish
.
Birds:
Although we are not highly experienced birdwatchers, these are some of the birds we have seen and identified at Maravilla:

Bananaquit
Puerto Rican Tody (mediopeso)
PR Emerald Hummingbird
Green Mango Hummingbird
PR Lizard Cuckoo (bobo)
Red-tailed Hawk
PR screech Owl
Bullfinches
Stripe-headed Tanager
Cattle Egret
Shiny Cowbird
PR Flycatcher
Pin tail Wydah
Puerto Rican Woodpecker
Smooth-billed Ani
American Kestrel
Blue Heron
Green Heron
Doves and Pigeons
Euphonia
Mockingbird
PR Peewee
Swallows
Red-legged Thrush
PR Tanager
Yellow-shouldered Blackbird
Yellow-Faced Grassquit
Black-Rumped Waxbill




Also, perhaps
Short-eared Owl
Bee Hummingbird or Vervain Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Loggerhead Kingbird
White-Chinned Thrush
Antillean Euphonia
Saffron Finch
Red Avadavat

Some of the trees and plants here at Maravilla - We hope that you may help us identify more!
yellow orchid
bamboo-at-Maravilla-bridge
decorative-garden-banana
flamboyants-royal-ponciana
white-butterfly-orchid-tree-flower
bromeliad-flower
pink-shell-ginger-dragone
yellow-cone-ginger
pink-torch-ginger
flowering-vine-lavandelier
passionfruit-flower-passaflora
mango-tree
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We are located within a half hour of these fabulous gardens.

Sadhu Govardhan Gardens  -
The most diversified collection in the Caribbean, with over 300 species and a bamboo nursery.  A sustainable tropical model.

Plants and Gardens
                                     -Heliconias, gingers and an extensive collection of fruits, nuts and spices, in a beautiful setting.
Montoso Gardens
Trees:
Matchwood
African Tulip
Guayuma
Ice Cream Bean
Bamboo
Mahogany
Banyan
Ficus - various
Bay Tree
Butterfly Tree
Flamboyant - Royal Poinciana
Bottlebrush
Fern Tree
"Guaraguao"
Hibiscus Tree
Roble - Spanish Oak
Rubber tree
Pine
Palms - various
Calliandra
Moringa
Magnolia






Birders!!
The Elfin Woods Warbler is only about a half-hour from Maravilla, in the Maricao State Forest.
Maravilla Gardens Update:  Nov. 2013
Our vegetable garden is blooming and booming with lots of organic green leafies!

TARS - Tropical Agricultural Research Station in Mayaguez
Ecosystem:
Birds Plants Climate Animals
Climate:
Average temperatures are 75 to 85F.  Winter evenings can be cool, making a cozy fire enjoyable.    There is a rainy (green) season in the spring and in the fall.  Mornings are almost always clear, rainy seasons bring afternoon showers. Be aware that if you look online, the weather here may appear more rainy and hotter than it is.  The weather varies somewhat throughout the island - the mountains are cooler, the southern and western areas are drier.  Here at Maravilla,  November through March may be virtually rain-free.

Storms:
Historically, the height of hurricane season is September.  The western end of Puerto Rico does not usually get much or any affect from hurricanes, although they may go through San Juan.
The last hurricane to come into this area was Georges, in 1998.  Before that, there had been no significant hurricane activity here for sixty years.
The Terrain:
Maravilla has approximately 50+ acres available for hiking..  There are more than three waterways originating on or crossing the property. These lead to larger rivers and waterfalls.
The geography is very hilly and sneakers and/or boots are recommended. The earth itself is comprised mostly of red and other colored clays and you will find very interesting and varied stones in the waterways.  We are at an elevation of about 1500 feet, which gives us some wonderful views and cool breezes.
cuckoo in African Tulip tree
PR Lizard Cuckoo
(and coquis)