Playa Grande
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Playa Grande

Guanacaste, Costa Rica


Costa Rica

Skill Level
Good for all levels

The Break

Also known as Las Tortugas. Playa Grande is a barreling and normal A-frame beach break. The main break is right in front of Taco Star and tends to get quite crowded, so if you are looking for less crowded waves, you just have to move up or down the beach by 100 or 200 meters. If you are more of an intermediate surfer, there are plenty of other fun waves just a few hundred meters down the beach, also in either direction. Any and all boards work well here. Consistency is year-round.

About the Access

Playa Grande is a little difficult to access due to the lack of road infrastructure. It is a 25-minute drive from Tamarindo. Public access is at the end of the road straight down from Frijoles Locos Surf Shop and on the beach in front of Las Tortugas Hotel.

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Current Surf Report

  • Surf Height
    2 - 4 ft
  • Swells
  • Wind
    6 mph
  • Weather

Last updated: 3 weeks ago

General Details

  • Skill Level
    Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Consistency
    Year round
  • Wave Length
  • Wave Direction
  • Board Type
    Funboard, Longboard, Shortboard, SUP
  • Type of Break
  • Swell directions
    SW, NW, W
  • Best wind directions
  • Crowd levels / week
    Few to Crowded
  • Crowd levels / weekend
  • Seabed
  • Best tides
  • Power
  • Access By
    Public Beach

The Area

Playa Grande is a small and remote surf town in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Playa Grande is located in the Leatherback Turtle Marine National Park. The closest public bathroom is in the national park office about 100 meters from the beach. The town has surf shops, restaurants, a convenience store, and plenty of lodging options.

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Amenities Nearby
  • Restaurants
  • Shaded Area
  • Lodging
  • Parking
  • Board and Gear Rentals
  • Surf Lessons
  • Spas/Massages
  • Yoga
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Horseback Riding
  • Fishing Charters
  • Boating/Sailing Charters
  • Moped/ATV Rentals
  • Remote
  • Family Friendly
  • Board/Ding Repair
  • Boats/Tow-ins to Breaks
  • Surf Photography
  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • Bicycle Rentals
  • Public Toilets
  • Public Showers
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