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.
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.
Current Surf Report
- Surf Height2 - 4 ft
- Wind6 mph
Last updated: 3 weeks ago
- Skill LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- ConsistencyYear round
- Wave LengthNormal
- Wave DirectionA-frame
- Board TypeFunboard, Longboard, Shortboard, SUP
- Type of BreakBeach
- Swell directionsSW, NW, W
- Best wind directionsNE
- Crowd levels / weekFew to Crowded
- Crowd levels / weekendCrowded
- Best tidesMid
- Access ByPublic Beach