Welcome to Playa Grande

Since 1991 Playa Grande has been part of the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste, protecting one of the world's most important leatherback nesting areas. At night it's only possible to visit the beach on a guided tour.

You'll notice many 'For Sale' signs bordering the park, and the inevitable whine of the chainsaw, which gives one pause for thought as to which way this community is going.

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$40 Outdoor Activities

Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo

Leaving just after sunset, your guide will pick you up from Tamarindo and take you to a protected beach located 30 minutes away.You will have the chance to see Olive Ridley and Green Pacific sea turtles laying their eggs at a series of secluded beaches near Playa Grande. You could possibly see the Leatherback turtles, but it is rare. Due to the sensitive nature of this naturalist tour, the local guides prohibit the use of flashlights or flash on your cameras, but you may take pictures. A special red light will be provided by the guide that does not disturb the turtles.Turtles can be seen year around, but October to April is the peak season for turtle nesting. You will be dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

$230 Transfers & Ground Transport

San Jose Int Airport Private Transfer to and from Playa Grande & Tamarindo

This is a roundtrip private airport transfer service where we will be with a sign with your name waiting for you at the airport, after your arrival you will enjoy in our new confortable vans a 1.5 hrs drive (aprox) with one of our drivers, he/she will cover doubts or questions  that you might have about our beautiful country as well as food recommendations, note that your transfer is private which means that the van wont be shared with other third parties, We will drive you to the hotel or house previously agreed in Playa Grande or Tamarindo, fell free to request a bathroom or lunch stop if need it.

$30 Water Sports

Frijoles Locos Surf lessons

Playa Grande is very tide dependent and our surf lesson schedule is dictated by the tides. It is always necessary to contact Frijoles Locos Surf Shop upfront to verify best times on any given day. We consider the changing tides, choose the appropriate times for learning each day anew and pick the safest location to assure the best conditions for our surf lesson clients.  Meeting point is our wonderful surf shop in Playa Grande (we provide driving directions from many locations in Guanacaste) or pick you up from your hotel/vacation home in Playa Grande for private lessons. Surf lesson duration is 90 minutes (or you have the option to extend to a 2 hr lesson) and included are appropriate beginner boards, rash-guard for sun and rash protection and the surf instructor. We take our surf lessons down to the south end of Playa Grande, the main reasons being -the waves are smaller and great for learning and it is less crowded in the water and on the beach (less collisions and less chances to get hurt). After your surf session, you are welcome to rinse off in our warm water outdoor shower and use our changing rooms at the shop. We have a filtered water refill station at Frijoles Locos and encourage you to bring your own refillable bottle to do your part for the environment. Other drinks, such as Gatorade, ice tea, fruit juices and fresh coconuts as well as a healthy granola bar snack are available for purchase at the surf shop.

$165 Classes & Workshops

Three surf lessons pack in Montezuma

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productRomelia mix wildlife refuge is 300 hectares along the coast full o stunning views and unique flora. Also, there is Playa Grande a long sandy bottom beach perfect for first steps on surfing Duration: 2 hoursLocation: Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, Montezuma, Province of Puntarenas

$55 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Personalized Surf Lesson in Playa Grande National Park

Visit: YouAreCostaRica, Playa Grande, Province of GuanacasteYou will be pick up in front of your hotel or beach house rental inside Playa Grande, Flamingo or Tamarindo Area. (15 minutes before the lesson in Playa Grande or 30 minutes before the lesson in Tamarindo o Flamingo). If you are staying further we can provide transportation for an extra cost or we can meet you in our office, steps from the beach on the main street of Playa Grande. Lesson Schedule: 7am, 10am, 1pm or 4 pm. You will arrive to the beautiful Playa Grande Marine National Park, directly to the best spot on the beach for your surfing level, away from the crowd.  Your Professional Surf Instructor will be waiting for you to start the lesson with a Safety Speeach and beach practice (15-20 minutes). Then you are ready to jump in the water and start surfing. In the middle of the lesson, we will take a break to eat fruits and drink water. You need to recover the energy. Also your instructor will give you some suggestions for you to improve faster. After the break, the instructor will tech you how to catch your own waves depends on your performance.At the end of the lesson we will stop at the office for you to take a shower and change your clothes. If you choose the surfing lesson + breakfast or lunch we will stop at the restaurant for you to enjoy a delicious typical lunch.

$70 Outdoor Activities

Stand Up Paddle Board and Snorkeling Tour

A free private Van transportation will be in front of your hotel or rental house in Playa Grande, Tamarindo or Flamingo. It will take approximately 30 minutes driving to arrive to one of the best spot in the area for SUP. The guide will be waiting for you with all the equipment ready. The tours begin with an explanation of the activity and all the techniques you will need to start paddle to the island. When we arrive to the island, we will park the SUP and we will take a break to drink water and give you all the snorkeling equipment. We will jump in the water to see a variety of tropical fish – including puffers, barracudas, parrotfish, snappers and butterfly fish – can be found swimming around. At the end of the snorkeling tour we will enjoy some fruits and drinks. The private transfer will give you a ride back home.