A lovely place to kayak, canoe or just explore on foot, the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge provides over 953 acres of protected, natural beauty along with a host of fascinating species of mammals, reptiles and birds.

Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge: A Haven for Nature Enthusiasts

Sun-Kissed Beaches:
Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge boasts some of Costa Rica's most idyllic beaches, where golden sands stretch as far as the eye can see. Playa Grande, a nesting ground for endangered leatherback turtles, offers a rare opportunity to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat during nesting season.

Mangrove Mysteries:
The refuge is a sanctuary for mangrove forests, a vital ecosystem teeming with biodiversity. As you glide through the winding waterways on a kayak or boat tour, you'll encounter an astonishing array of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for elusive crocodiles, playful river otters, and an abundance of bird species, including herons, egrets, and kingfishers.

Diverse Flora and Fauna:
Tamarindo's rich biodiversity extends beyond its mangroves. While exploring the refuge's hiking trails, you'll encounter howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys swinging through the trees, as well as coatis, iguanas, and colorful butterflies. Birdwatchers will be in their element, with opportunities to spot toucans, parrots, and magnificent frigatebirds soaring overhead.

Tamarindo Estuary:
The estuary that meanders through the refuge is a haven for wildlife and a prime spot for kayaking or boat tours. Its calm waters are home to an abundance of marine life, making it a fantastic place for snorkeling or a leisurely swim.

Surfing Paradise:
Tamarindo is renowned as a surfer's paradise, with consistent waves that cater to all skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-time surfer, you can catch a wave and ride the Pacific swells to shore.

Responsible Ecotourism:
Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge is committed to responsible ecotourism and conservation efforts. The dedicated rangers and guides are passionate about protecting this natural gem and educating visitors about its fragile ecosystems.

Sunsets and Stargazing:
As the day comes to a close, Tamarindo offers breathtaking sunsets that paint the sky in hues of orange and pink. Stay after dark for some remarkable stargazing; the absence of city lights allows for a mesmerizing view of the night sky.

Preserving Costa Rica's Natural Heritage:
Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge stands as a testament to Costa Rica's dedication to preserving its natural heritage. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventure, wildlife encounters, or tranquil beachside relaxation, Tamarindo welcomes you to explore its wonders and connect with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Pacific coast.

Weather and packing list

The Northwest Pacific is one of the driest climates in Costa Rica. The beach areas have a fairly steady year round temperature with daytime highs averaging in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Night time lows are usually in the upper 70s. Precipitation varies through the year with the nicest weather between November and August.

Visitors should pack a bathing suit, towel, shorts, tee shirts, appropriate shoes, rain gear, sun block, and insect repellent. Visit the packing list page for more suggestions.

Fun Fact: Leatherback turtles are the largest reptiles in the world, weighing as much as a Volkswagen Beetle!

Nearby Destinations

Tamarindo1 km
Flamingo Beach24 km
Playa del Coco70 km
Liberia77 km
Playa Hermosa72 km


Latitude: N 10° 17' 59.49"
Longitude: W 85° 50' 28.93"

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