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Witch`s Rock

Playa Naranjo is one of Costa Rica most impressive beaches. Located within the Santa Rosa National Park, part of the greater Guanacaste National Park, it is also one of the best surfing beaches in the country, with fast waves, awesome barrels and unmatched scenery, wild and never-ending,. A giant rock comes out of the water in the center of the 4 mile long beach, which also is a habitat sanctuary for sea turtles, crocodiles and thousands of species more. Lush tropical dry forests surrounds the beach. It is located around 24 kilometers from the Pan American Highway, a 4 x 4 is needed to descend from the ranger entrance to the beach. Santa Rosa retains the most important exhibition of Mesoamerican dry forest protected (From Mexico to Panama). It is considered as an example of management and restoration of this type of ecosystem, converting grassland (former cattle ranches) to a secondary forest succession process and finally natural forests. This forest is characterized by a marked difference between the rainy and dry season, when most of the foliage is lost. Today the park integrates a total area of 43 000 hectares of sea and 38,000 hectares of land territory.

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