Getting there & away
There are no buses to Playa Grande. You can drive to Huacas and then take the paved road to Matapalo, followed by a 6km dirt road to Playa Grande. If you don’t have your own car and are staying in Playa Grande, call ahead and the hotel owners can arrange for a pickup from the Matapalo turnoff (where the bus from San José can drop you off). You can also get a local boat captain to take you across the estuary from Tamarindo to the southern end of Playa Grande (around US$1.25 per person).