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THE CUBAN SEA GODDESS LIVES IN JARDINES DE LA REINA (I) By Andres Jiménez Underwater Photos to Noel López

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os Jardines de la Reina “The Gardens of the Queen” this is a chain of 250 virgin coral islands, set in a blue jade sea. Completely undeveloped, a natural water wilderness, stretching for over 75 miles, and at times some 20 miles wide, 60 miles off the mainland. Jardines de la Reina is a Natural Park. Access is restr icted and limited. Commercial fishing has been banned from all but the outermost edges of the Park. The little town of Jucaro with its old fashioned wooden houses and 2000 inhabitants is the entrance point to this private world of water,  fish  and  coral.  The first time I visited this place, when I saw the town I never imagined the paradise that was waiting offshore. Aside from a stunning variety of marine life, the coral islands are home to a fascinating collection of birds, mammals, reptiles and plants. Birds are ospreys, pelicans, frigate birds, spoonbills, and many different sorts of heron and egret. The only mammal is the ‘Jutia’ a tree loving animal the size of a squirrel, while reptiles are represented by a large population of iguanas, turtles and crocodiles. The flora is mainly coastal vegetation, different forms of Caribbean pine trees, sea grapes and the ever present mangroves.

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