Nicaragua's southern Pacific coast is a favorite for nesting turtles, and Chacocente Reserve is one of the most important nesting sites. A long stretch of sand is bordered by a tropical dry forest that is teeming with wildlife that includes white-tailed deer and giant iguanas. Facilities are very basic, and it is important that you bring your own supplies if you intend to camp. Very simple bungalows are available to rent at the visitor center. Access is also difficult, as there is only one bus a day from Diriamba and a four-wheel-drive is required in the rainy season. (Note: The refuge can be approached from the Pan-American Highway just south of the Río Ochomogo or on the dirt track from Rivas to El Astillero, which takes approximately 90 min.)