Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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Playa Grande
Playa Grande is located in Costa Rica
Playa Grande
Playa Grande
Location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 10°20′20″N 85°50′45″W / 10.33889°N 85.84583°W / 10.33889; -85.84583Coordinates: 10°20′20″N 85°50′45″W / 10.33889°N 85.84583°W / 10.33889; -85.84583
Country  Costa Rica
Province Guanacaste
Cantón Santa Cruz (canton), Costa Rica
Time zone Costa Rica Standard Time (UTC-6)
Playa Grande at dawn
Sunset at Playa Grande

Playa Grande, also known as Salinas, is a beach community on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica just north of Tamarindo. Playa Grande is internationally popular as one of Costa Rica’s best surfing spots[1] as well as being part of Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, a nesting ground of the largest marine reptile, the leatherback turtle.[2]

The Leatherback Trust[edit]

The Leatherback Trust is an international non-profit conservation organization devoted to preserving endangered leatherback turtles and other sea turtle species.[3]

Playa Grande Surf


Playa Grande's beach has a sandy bottom and waves big enough to surf, but not big enough to prevent a comfortable swim. There are multiple surf breaks starting at the river mouth.

Other Activities[edit]

Playa Grande is most famous for its leatherback turtles and surfing. The estuary from the Rio Matapalo, as well as the Tamarindo Estuary is a popular place for visitors to see wildlife.


  1. ^ Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet Retrieved 14 May 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Surfing Playa Grande". Surfing Playa Grande. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Trust, The Leatherback. "The Leatherback Trust". Retrieved 2016-05-14.