What to do in Costa Rica? Visit Playa Grande in Guanacaste

Written by Peter Conrad

Costa Rica is a small Central American country offering 6% of the world’s biodiversity, it means you will have an exuberant nature and wildlife to discover in such a tiny piece of land. Guanacaste Costa Rica is one of the prettiest spots you can visit, as there can be found some of the best beaches to enjoy sand, sun and tropical drinks.

This province also has the most privileged weather in the country. There is where you can find the highest temperatures and in general, the driest weather all year round; that is why it is one of the most visited areas for those looking a beach escape. Most of the big hotels and all inclusive beach resorts are also settled in Guanacaste.

If you are wondering what to do in our country, you definitely have to visit this lovely region and its nicest beaches, and this time our recommendation will be Playa Grande which is a place off the beaten track but it has a lot to offer for your adventure package: it will be a perfect place to explore and live a more authentic experience.

About Playa Grande

This is a quiet town with a beautiful beach, perfect for relaxing and a great spot for surfing. It is in fact, known as one of the best surfing beaches in the country due to its waves and swells, also because it is not as crowded as Tamarindo, so it has an incredible atmosphere.

Some spots in the north of the beach are more suited for swimming; it means that Playa Grande can be a good option for families, surfers, couples, adventurous solo travellers and in general for everybody.

How to get there

Since Playa Grande is a remote place, we highly recommend you to arrange private transportation to and from there, this is the most comfortable option because you will have a driver-guide who will give you important details about what you are seeing on the way.

Furthermore, there is the option of rent a car and drive on your own, so you can maximize your time during your holidays; it will also allow you to discover more places and attractions in the surroundings.

It is also possible to take a domestic flight, maybe if you arrive or are staying in San Jose and want to shorten distances between the city and the coast. You can get to Tamarindo Airstrip and take a ground transfer to Playa Grande.

Highlights of Playa Grande

The closest beach from Playa Grande is Tamarindo, just two kilometres at north, from where you have to cross the estuary. It means that the location allows you to visit different places, enjoy more beaches and have more hotels, attractions or activities to choose for your family holiday.

Playa Grande is part of Las Baulas Marine National Park, which is one of the most important nesting places for the endangered Leatherback Sea Turtle. Being a protected zone, there are no hotels facing the beach, due to the light and noise scare the turtles during the egg layoff season. During the egg layoff season, known as “arribadas”, you can visit this national park on your family trip but just before 17:00 because it is monitored after sundown, so the entry is not allowed.

In fact, they do not allow visitors at night to protect the turtles and their eggs from poachers. On the other side, surfing is one of the most popular activities in Playa Grande; it is well recognized due to south swell and the surf breaks are more consistent which is perfect for experienced surfers.

Even though it is not popular for its hotels, there are some lodging options away from the beach; most of them are simpler and nothing luxurious, but remember that on your vacation package, you can stay in some of the closest regions such as Tamarindo. There are also some small restaurants where you can taste some delicious typical food in Costa Rica.

Guanacaste Costa Rica can be the perfect area to end your trip, but remember that we have a lot of spots to offer, places where you can experience the imposing rainforest as in Arenal or the cloud forest in Monteverde. You can also enjoy the incredible jungle at Tortuguero or the virgin forest at Corcovado the place where to find almost the 50% of the Costa Rican biodiversity.

Would you like to visit this stunning beach or those other destinations? Contact us! We are waiting to hear from you and help you organizing such an incredible adventure package including some of the Costa Rica best places to vacation.


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