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Playa Grande Surf Guide


Playa Grande Surf Spot

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Surf Spot: Playa Grande
Break Type: Beach break
Difficulty Level: All surfers
Best Swell Direction: South, Southwest
Ride Direction: Right and left
Tides: All tides – Rising and falling tides


Playa Grande is a sublime beach in Montezuma, in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. It is often confused with another famous beach of the same name located near Tamarindo. The beach of Montezuma is a superb holiday destination for tourists who are looking for a serene yet fun getaway. The beach has a great surf spot that works best during mid and high tides with swells coming from the south. It is about 30 minutes walk away from Montezuma to the north. The spot has ideally consistent waves suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers. Every morning, many surfers come to the beach hoping to catch a set of perfect waves.

Other Activities

playa grande surfingPlaya Grande is quite a huge beach in comparison to other beaches on the southern Nicoya Peninsula. The beach gets even bigger during the low tides. It is blessed with scenic vistas of silvery white sands, swaying tropical trees and sparkling shorelines. You can surf, swim, hike, leisure and have picnics with your loved ones. Some popular places such as Montezuam waterfalls, Ylang Ylang Resort, Piedra Colorada, Nicolás Wessberg Natural Reserve and Romelia Wildlife Refuge are located nearby the beach. From Playa Grande, you can access many other beaches of Montezuma.

Playa Grande is right on the doorstep of Montezuma. There has been a rumor that clothing on the beach is optional which can only be confirmed by going there. Hikers, surfers and swimmers are its most loyal visitors. On a very hot day, you can beat the heat by taking a dip into one of the cool rocky tide pools scattered around the beach. Playa Grande and its tranquility is superb for couples. The sandy coastline provides an idyllic setting for romantic strolls and its remoteness gives off an intimate vibe that appeal to the people. Moreover, the cascading waterfalls of Montezuma empty into the ocean right at the edge of the beach. The waterfalls are encircled by several natural springs.

The beach is in a very remote area and people usually have difficulty locating it. If you are lucky, you may come across it by chance. Amazing for rejuvenation and hideaways, the tropical beach of Montezuma is one of the best beaches of Costa Rica.

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