Playa Grande


Located on the Pacific coast in Guanacaste, Playa Grande is a very important section of the Marino Las Baulas park. Since being integrated into the park in 1990, the general public has been allowed to visit, however it remains extremely protected since the leatherback turtles use it as a nesting ground.


Playa Grande is one of many stunning beaches in Guanacaste. The beach is patrolled by police after dark and beachgoers are only allowed on the beach during the day. This is done to protect the leatherback turtle nests. The turtles come to shore between the months of October and May to lay their eggs. Leatherbacks will grow to be seven feet long and weigh up to 700 kilograms! Playa Grande has great surfing conditions and is located close by other popular areas to allow for easy access to many goods and services.

Living in Playa Grande

Playa Grande is one of the best surfing beaches in Guanacaste, The waves here are good for both beginners and more advanced surfers. The waves are consistent and the breaks are spread out. A southern swell works best and the larger swells come between March and November. There are strong currents so it is not the best for swimming. There is a nice swimming beach just to the north, which is also good for snorkeling and diving. There is a nice estuary that is great for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. There is also a large mangrove area that is great for kayaking. There are many other activities in the area as well. Playa Grande features a few bars and restaurants and is a quick walk away from the more populated area of Tamarindo that is separated by a wildlife estuary. It is not recommended to cross the estuary by foot but there are always several small boats that offer crossing services for a few dollars. 

There is a fairly large grocery store called WILMART as you enter the Playa Grande area. 


For those who have kids, there are of course public schools in the general area but there are also several great private school options close by.

Costs of Living

Below you will see a chart that shows the average monthly cost of living in the area. This will vary depending on how many members of your family, if any, are living with you here.

Cost of living Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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