Just north of Tamarindo lies the smaller and less visited beach of Playa Grande, filled with a variety of vacation rentals to perfectly match any vacation that you have in mind. Whether you are traveling by yourself, with a loved one, with a group of friends, or with the whole family, kids included, staying in vacation rentals Playa Grande is a sure-fire way to please everyone.
The small community of Playa Grande is located just north of Tamarindo, one of the popular tourist destinations in all of Costa Rica. The mouth of the Matapalo River creates the boundary between Tamarindo and the quieter, more peaceful Playa Grande. The town of Playa Grande is actually called Salinas although the more common name used for the beach is simply Playa Grande. A few types of visitors decide to stay in vacation rentals Playa Grande rather than the more boisterous and noisy Tamarindo, those who are dedicated to surfing early mornings and getting lots of sleep at night, those wanting a more relaxing, less active vacation, and those who wish to see the giant Leatherback Sea Turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.
Playa Grande is located within the Marino Las Baulas National Park and as such, no lights are allowed to shine directly on the beach at night so as not to disturb this ancient process of the female Leatherback Turtles coming on shore to lay their eggs, or of the babies to find their way back to the ocean after hatching. While Playa Grande is located within a national park, there are still some hotels and vacation rentals for those who want to have a more tranquil vacation. Staying within Playa Grande means staying within a national park and adhering to the rules and regulations of that park. Vacation rentals Playa Grande are usually filled with visitors who are more inclined to enjoy day time activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and exploring the national park while visitors who want to dance the night away and experience the rowdier side of Costa Rica end up staying in Tamarindo. For those who do stay in Playa Grande but want to experience a taste of the Costa Rican nightlife, Tamarindo is just a short water taxi or car ride away.
In addition to exploring the national park and the other natural beauties of Playa Grande, those staying in a vacation rental in Playa Grande will be thrilled with all the great surfing locations in the area. Playa Grande itself is one of the main surfing spots in the area, and close by surfers will find the breaks of Tamarindo, El Estero, Pico Pequeno, Playa Negra, Avellanas, and the world famous Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point. Many of the people who choose to stay in vacation rentals Playa Grande do so for the surfing opportunities that are close by. The surfing spots in Playa Grande are great for both beginners and well-seasoned veteran surfers, so whatever skill level you are. Surf lessons and board rentals are available at the local surf shop, Frijoles Locos. Please contact us with any questions about finding condos for rent.