Tempisque River

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Tempisque River (Río Tempisque)
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Tempisque River Bridge
Country Costa Rica
Province Guanacaste
City Palo Verde
Source Cordillera de Guanacaste
 - coordinates 10°58′48″N 85°28′24″W / 10.98000°N 85.47333°W / 10.98000; -85.47333
Mouth Gulf of Nicoya
 - coordinates 10°9′20″N 85°13′12″W / 10.15556°N 85.22000°W / 10.15556; -85.22000Coordinates: 10°9′20″N 85°13′12″W / 10.15556°N 85.22000°W / 10.15556; -85.22000
Length 144 km (89 mi)
Basin 611 km2 (236 sq mi)

The Tempisque River, or Río Tempisque, is 144 km long, located entirely in Costa Rica flowing from the Guanacaste Cordillera near the Orosí Volcano and emptying into the Gulf of Nicoya. It passes through the Palo Verde National Park and is an important habitat for various species of crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and birds.

The river is heavily silted, limiting navigation to shallow crafts that can cross the muddy flats. Tidal conditions dictate the timing to cross the bar at the river mouth.

Historically the Tempisque was used to float logs down to the sea. The logs were gathered at Chira Island to be loaded on ships.

The Tempisque River Bridge was built linking the Nicoya Peninsula to southern Guanacaste and hence significantly cut travel time to San José. It was funded by a gift from the Taiwanese government, and opened in November 2002.