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Junquillal Bay Nacional Wildlife Refuge

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23.867 (10/01/95) La Cruz, Guanacaste 498 ha land
15.000 ha marine
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Guanacaste Conservation Area

This is a recreation area with a very beautiful extensive white sandy beach with gentle waves and very transparent waters, slightly colder than the rest of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. On this beach, marine turtles lay their eggs and, very close to it, there is the remains of a Pre-Hispanic settlement of a people, who farmed, hunted and gathered sea products, were found

The dry forest extends as far as the beach and there are also small patches of mangrove. The magnificent frigate bird (Fregata magnificens) and the brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis), which are very abundant here nest on the islands and islets off the coast, such as the Los Munecos and Juanilla Islands. From December to February it is possible to observe humpbacked whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), which can reach up to 15 m long, swimming a short distance from the beach and the presence of gigantic but inoffensive whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) has also been recorded.

The Park offices in this sector are 5 km north of Cuajiniquil along a gravel road. There is a market in this town. Next to the offices there is a camping site with tables, toilets and drinking water. A bus service operates between Liberia and Cuajiniquil.



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