Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge
Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge, located in the Guanacaste Province, NW Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Nicoya Peninsula. It covers approximately 400 hectares, created to protect the Mangrove swamps in the area. The area around Tamarindo Beach and Grande Beach has been developing very fast, which represents a great negative influence on the fragil marine ecosystems. The area is home of several species of mangrove including the black mangrove, the white mangrove, the tea mangrove, and the buttonwood mangrove. Among the fauna of the place are the great egret, white ibis, great blue heron, muscovy duck, hermit crabs, howler monkeys, ghost crabs, sandpipers, brown pelicans, frigate birds, roseate spoonbill, and seagulls.
Grande Beach which is part of the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge is also one of the most important nesting areas in the Pacific site, for the leather back turtle. It is the largest of all the sea turtles (700 kg) and the nesting times are from November through April. Grande Beach is also a beautiful long light brown sand beach; where swimming and surfing can be practice.