Along the whole beach there are different points for surfer, between tamarind and Big Beach. This is also a popular beach with good lefts and rights; off-shore winds. N° 1 the best part for surfers is to the north in front of Las Tortugas Hotel. N° 2 in front of the Hotel Villa Baula the wave is but soft and himself the house. N° 3 calls it the Post 13 and the wave is but strong. Access: by land. Tide: Functions with any kind of tide. Swells: North and northwest, also from the South. Bottom: Sandy. Feet: 2 to 8. Season: December to March. Stars: 3.

GPS Latitude 10.336266, Longitude -85.839139      

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The Tamarindo National Refuge for Forest Wildlife, according to the 17566 MAG decree on the 23rd of June 1987, and is corroborated by law Nº 7149 on the 27th of June 1990 with an approximate extension of 500 hectares along the continent. Later on they would extend Marino Las Baulas National Park, with decree 20518 MIRENEM on the 9th of June 1991 and ratified by law Nº 7524 on the 16th of August 1995 with an extension of 112 hectares. The importance of the area is due to the colony of Baula Turtles (dermochelys coriáceas), that lay their eggs in the beaches of: Langosta, Grande and Ventanas. It is the largest turtle in the world and is in danger of extinction according to Chapter 1 of the book titled Conservation for International Commerce of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES). With low tide, Grand beach can be up to 70 m. wide. With 400 hectares of park that is made up of mangroves from Tamarindo, where you will find 5 species of existing mangroves in the Pacific: Red Salado, Mariquita, Botoncillo and the Piñuela. That is the best habitat for caimans, crocodiles and several species of beautiful birds such as the Roseate Spoonbill. The time that turtles lay their eggs is between October and March and more concretely from November to January, when hundreds of these reptiles lay eggs on the beach at night. Every season there are more than 2.800 nests. Sometimes you can see other species outside of season.  This beach is excellent to go surfing and to its breaks are some of the most uniform in Costa Rica. The park was created to control irregular tourism and to control egg poachers.

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Área de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) Ph + (506) 2653-0470, Is at the northern entrance and its opening hours are from 06:00 a.m a 06:00 p.m. Offering maps and leaflets of the area. Entry to the beach is free where you can go and watch the Turtles.

Turtles Observation

Cost between 12 US$ foreigners and 3 US$ nationals, the visit is directed by a guide and the use of flash is not allowed and anything else that makes the animals feel uncomfortable, it has to pay attention to the schedules because they coordinate it according to the tide, for reservations contact the office in the Park Tel/fax (506) 2653-0470.

How to arrive and leave

It is possible to go by car up to Huacas, which is 8 Km West. Then, you follow a road that leads to Matapalo, when you arrive at the   downtown plaza take a left turn. Afterwards, you’ll take a non-paved road which is 6 Km long, at the end of this road is the beach. In case you want to lodge there, the bus coming from San Jose stops at the Matapalo turning point, but you will have to request that the bus makes a stop there. It is also possible to reserve round trips from Tamarindo town or, you can just cross the estuary by ship heading towards the extreme south of Playa Grande Beach.






Indra Inn Boutique Hotel Ph +506-2653-4834 Email: Indra Inn is an idyllic space in the center of Playa Grande. It is located 800 meters from the beautiful beach with Leatherback Turtles and 365 days of waves. There are 7 rooms all with orthopedic mattresses, modern A/C units, ceiling fans, and large private bathrooms with warm water.  There are also hammocks hung up all over the property to properly relax. Breakfast is included in the price and the owners live onsite, so there service is excellent.

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Hotel Bula Bula Ph + 506 2653-097 E-mail: Inside Bula Bula’s Rooms, King-size orthopedic bed, Private bath with shower, Air-conditioning, Cable TV and DVD/CD player, Ceiling fans, Mini-Refrigerator, In-Room Safe, Coffee maker with complimentary coffee, Made-to-Order breakfast included, Decorated with native art and pottery. The Great Waltini Restaurant; Our breakfasts are made-to-order. You may choose from tropical French Toast, Banana Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, build your own omelet, eggs any style, and many more scrumptious American and Costa Rican options (gallo pinto, plantains, etc). Breakfast includes a selection of fruit, coffee, juice, and main course selection.

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Matos Surf Shop – PLAYA GRANDE Ph +506) 2652-9227. Across Kike’s | Open 8am to 7Pm Everyday. E-mail: Service we offer at Playa Grande: Full Surf Shop, Accesories, Surfboards Buy, Sell Rentals and Repair, Professional Surf Photography andVideography, Surf Lessons, Surf Trips, Clothing and Local Souvenirs. Tamarindo Harcore Division Ph +506 2653-0845 Sunrise mall Unit #4 Next to UPS Across From Las Palmeras minisuper.  Open 8am to 8Pm Everyday. Service we offer at the Hardcore Division: Full Surf Shop, Best Brand Accessories, Performance Surfboards Buy, Sell Rentals and Repair, Professional Surf Photography and Videography, Surf Trips, Performance Surf Clothing. TAMARINDO SURF SCHOOL. Service we offer at the Surf School: Full Surf Shop, Accessories, Surfboards Sell & Rentals, Professional Surf Photography and Videography, Surf Trips, Original Surf Clothing and Souvenirs.

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