A Few Reasons Why Playa Grande, Costa Rica Should Be Your Next Vacation Destination

Do you have itchy feet? Are you currently watching the snow flurries fall while daydreaming about piña coladas and palm trees? Do you need some sunshine kisses on your skin and a warm salt water hug? If you are on the fence about where you would like to spend your next chunk of leisure time, you should consider Playa Grande, Costa Rica.

Here are a few reasons that might persuade you to book a trip to this quaint little town by the sea.


Unlike the more developed towns that surround Playa Grande where nearly every conceivable space is occupied by a hotel, home, hostel, or shop of some sort, you will find much more open space here. Playa Grande has just the right amount of stuff. There are a few restaurants, two surf shops, a couple of hotels, and little clusters of homes.

There is far more green space in Playa Grande than there are humanmade structures. For this reason, Playa Grande is also home to a diverse population of wildlife. Playa Grande is part of the Las Baulas National Marine Park, so aside from a few houses at the northern end of the beach, there is no development on the beach. You can walk for miles in both directions and see few if anyone else on the beach.

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Morning choir / Photo courtesy of Jenn Parker


Playa Grande is a very peaceful place. It is a town that attracts yogis, surfers, families, nature-lovers, and serenity-seekers. Around sunrise and sunset, you can hear a symphony of howler monkeys, parrots, blackbirds, and magpie jays mixed in with the sound of the waves crashing against the shoreline. The town goes quiet once the sun goes down. It is here that you can let the sounds of nature lull you into a state of calm and contentment.

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Calm sea, calm mind

Stretch, Sweat, and Surf

Playa Grande isn’t a party town, and because there isn’t much of a late nightlife scene here, many people who spend time here choose to take advantage of the daytime hours. If you want to practice yoga, take some fitness classes, and or catch some waves, Playa Grande is the place for you. The RipJack Inn has two yoga shalas and is located directly in front of a beach path that ends at the central surf zone. There is also a new fitness studio in town that offers a variety of classes and open-gym hours.

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Come to Playa Grande to play


Playa Grande is a convenient home base to set out on a fantastic variety of day trips. However, if this vacation is more about just kicking back and relaxing, you don’t need to leave Playa Grande. Everything that you might need and want is available right in town. Playa Grande is the perfect place to settle into and enjoy all that this charming beach town has to offer.

We look forward to seeing you on your next vacation!