I think it is good that they keep some land with dense trees so that there will not be houses and condos along the entire beachfront. We have seen howler monkeys in the trees in this little natural area, even though it is right in the middle of beach houses and condos.
There is now a green zone for the first 200 meters from the beach that prevents new development right along the beach. Condos such as ours right on the beach are rare, as they could built up to 50 meters from the high tide line because they were grandfathered by real estate transactions that occurred before the green zone law took effect. I will admit to a certain amount of hypocrisy of enjoying a place right on the beach, but also enjoying the land left in its natural condition along the beach.
Note that the culture is to keep things natural, including not even taking shells from the beach. The small sign says that the Green Zone area is maintained by a local community group that protects Tamarindo and that the Green Zone is pursuant to an ordinance by the municipal government in Santa Cruz. I will let you draw your own conclusions regarding why the sign about not taking shells is in English only, not Spanish.
This week we have photos of villas in Bellagio, Italy, on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.