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Marine Places

Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo Beach is a curved, gently shelving crescent of sand situated between two mangrove-lined estuaries and backed by dry tropical forest. It faces directly onto the Pacific, with its enormous fetch (wave-generation area), and so benefits from a strong year-round incoming swell, making the beach a popular surfing location. To the north and south of the main beach are two further beaches that together form the Las Baulas National Marine Park. These are important nesting sites for the leatherback turtle from October to March.

Tamarindo Beachzoom image
  • Pacific Ocean East
  • Type Embayed beach
  • Composition Yellow sand
  • Length 2 miles (3 km)
  • Location Northwest of San José, northwestern Costa Rica
Tamarindo Beach habitat mapzoom image