Costa Rica Beaches Playa Grande

The beautiful beach and quiet community of Playa Grande, located just north of Tamarindo in Guanacaste remains largely unspoiled. Playa Grande attracts mostly Eco-tourists and surfers who enjoy the tranquility of lodging inside the Las Baulas National Park, nesting grounds of the critically endangered Giant Leatherback Turtle. The long crescent shape beach is largely empty and most construction is set back from the beach so that no lights shine on the nesting grounds at night. The miles long wide beach is a surfers paradise and its moderate and consistent surf breaks are considered one of the premier surfing spots in Costa Rica. Playa Grande offers a scattering of hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants and mini markets. There is a dock in the estuary where pangas will ferry visitors back and forth between Playa Grande and Tamarindo.

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Giant Leatherback Turtles

Las Baulas National Park is home to the endangered Leatherback turtle, the largest of the sea turtles. The turtles come ashore to lay their eggs from October to March. Turtle tours are offered from Playa Grande and Tamarindo. The number of Leatherback turtles has seriously declined as a result of egg collection and from Asian shrimp vessels and long-line fishing boats. The Leatherback Trust strives to conserve the Leatherback and you can donate through their website.

Getting to Playa Grande

Playa Grande is located just north of Tamarindo. Cars can be rented in San Jose (4 hrs), Liberia (1 hr) and in Tamarindo (30 min). The closest national airport is Tamarindo Airport, serviced by Nature Air and Sansa. Bus shuttles to Tamarindo can be arranged through Interbus and Grayline. Taxi service by car and by boat from Tamarindo to Playa Grande is readily available.

Featured Listings Playa Grande Hotels, Restaurants and Surf Shops

Playa Grande Hotel Ripjack Inn

Ripjack Inn

Hotel and Restaurant

Playa Grande Restaurant Cafe del Pueblo

Cafe del Pueblo

Pizzeria and Pasta Restaurant

Playa Grande Vacation Rental Roberts Surf Rental

Roberts Surf Rental

Vacation Rental

Playa Grande Surf Shop Matos


Surf Shop and Videography

Playa Grande Restaurant Mamasa



Playa Grande Vacation Rental Palm Beach

Palm Beach Rentals

Vacation Rental

Playa Grande Surf Shop Frijoles Locos

Frijoles Locos

Surf Shop and Lessons

Playa Grande Hotel Cantarana


Hotel and Restaurant

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