Playa Grande, Guanacaste
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Playa Grande is a "Big Beach" but don't be intimidated, sometimes it's the little things that matter most. As the case here because while the surf is big and the beach is long, the baby Leatherback turtles are what's most important.
A well known Costa Rican surf beach Playa Grande is known for some strong, fast waves. On any given day you can head out and catch a glimpse of the surfers doing their thing or take your board and ride yourself!
Since 1991 Playa Grande has been part of Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas which means "Leatherback National Park" named such for the many Leatherback Turtle that come to Playa Grande each year to nest.
Fun facts: While driving near Playa Grande at night headlights are prohibited. You are required to only use your halfway lights because the light confuses the young turtle hatchlings. When you see the signs please obey them as this species of turtle is EXTREMELY endangered.
Getting there: From Liberia head West on Hwy 21, then turn Right onto Route 155, then follow the signs to Playa Grande. Distance: 75km, Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
From San Jose Take Pan-American Hwy 1 to Hwy 18 West. Head North on Hwy 21, turn Right onto Route 155, then follow the signs to Playa Grande. Distance: 271km, Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes