Playa Grande Costa Rica boasts a sandy bottom and waves big enough to surf, but not big enough to prevent a comfortable swim. There are multiple surf breaks starting at the river mouth and running towards Hotel Las Tortugas. The beach is also long enough that you never feel crowded. Multiple beach accesses slice through the foliage, but they can be a little bit difficult to spot from the beach due to the lack of visible buildings in the area.
Playa Grande is also home to Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, the nesting ground of the largest marine reptile, the Leatherback Turtle.
Salinas is actually the name of the little town at Playa Grande, but this name is rarely used anymore. A small supermarket can be found here as well the Turtle Museum, small hotels and surf camps and restaurants of varying culinary styles including Mar Bar, Kike’s, El Huerto and others.
On the northern end of Playa Grande lies Playa Grande Estates, a newer development with American backing. Here residential lots can be found as well as the Ripjack Inn, Playa Grande Inn, and Hotel Las Tortugas. Casa Costa Palmera is a gorgeous beach front home for rent with a view of the waves from the living room!
On the southern end of Playa Grande, Palm Beach Estates is a gated community with its own amenities. Palm Beach has a small supermarket, restaurants and a couple hotels. It also has a panga dock that allows quick boat rides up and down the estuary so that one can reach Tamarindo in five minutes for shopping or other necessities. The Great Waltini’s at Hotel Bula Bula is a nice restaurant for dinner with boat taxi service to Tamarindo. Cantarana is another good choice in Palm Beach. Casa Muy Grande in Palm Beach Estates is the most luxurious Playa Grande vacation rental.
Playa Grande is a popular destination because it is convenient to everything including golf courses at Reserva Conchal and Hacienda Pinilla, but it remains relatively quiet at night.
There is never any traffic to speak of and the atmosphere is a little more laid back than in other areas. Due its geographical location between Tamarindo and Flamingo, there is no doubt that Grande is due to experience some rapid changes as development has already taken off here. It also is only an hour away from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica.
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