On the main beach in Playa Grande there you will find many surfers riding the excellent waves. It has consistent breaks and swells making it one of the best surfing spots in Costa Rica, suitable for surfers with any amount of experience. The beach here is part of a protective enclosure and it is illegal to roam the beach at night, the reason is the protection of the sea turtles that make this beach their nesting place. The beach can be easily access by car, as it is constantly growing by the magic of its waves and nature. It can also be access waking from Tamarindo, if you cross the estuary between the Playa Grande and Playa Tamarindo beaches.
The quality of surf here is regional classic with a beach break and waves come in from the right and left which gives perfect surfing conditions. There are regular wave frequencies and the beach bed is sandy providing a safe place to surf for most people. Wave lengths are short with a maximum length of 150 meters but they provide a fast fun ride. The swell comes from a North Westerly and Westerly direction with the wind coming in from the South East and East. Wave swells can reach a maximum height of over ten feet.
Playa Grande, with superb left and right waves peaks which can get double overhead, offers some of the most fun rides in Costa Rica. It is suitable to surf here in almost any tide except when it is extremely low. The tide can come in within an hour so there is never long to wait before getting back out there.
Another attraction on this beach are the giant leatherback turtles that nest here at night from October-May. Guides can take you to see the turtles at night and it is for this reason that it is illegal to use the beach at night.
Playa Grande Surfing Video