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Meet Your Mammalian Neighbors in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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Playa Grande is located within the province of Guanacaste. Guanacaste is home to the rare tropical dry forest among other flora and fauna-rich ecosystems. Within the forests, Pacific coastline, wetlands, and farmlands of Guanacaste thrives a vast collection of wildlife. While some species are very elusive or masterfully camouflaged, several species of mammals are more like neighbors than strangers or …

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Find Out Who Lives in the Charming Town of Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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Playa Grande, while petite in size and despite the name (large beach), is home to an eclectic amalgam of full-time and seasonal residents. Costa Rica has gained a reputation of being a North American haven and an expat magnetic, but it is anything but homogenous. What’s unique about Costa Rica and Playa Grande in particular is that in such a …

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What to Know About Renting a Car While in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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There is definitely a great sense of freedom that comes along with having your own mode of transportation. While locating a car rental agency and driving off the lot with a rental car in Costa Rica is very easy, there are some important things you should know about renting a car before you hit the open road in your vacation vehicle.

Transportation in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

The Best Ways to Get Around in Costa Rica

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The last two weeks we shared with you two guides to the amenities and services that are in and around Playa Grande. The next logical piece of information that you might want to know about if you are planning on spending any amount of time, whether temporarily or permanently, in Playa Grande is your transportation options. There are quite a …

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Services and Amenities Close to Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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Just minutes outside of Playa Grande is a whole wide world of amenities, conveniences, and services. While this short guide isn’t a complete guide of what’s around, it does includes the most important things, such as health service, animal care, and food stores that you would want to know are around if you decide to live or spend time in …

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A Brief Guide to the Basic Amenities That Are Right in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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While Playa Grande might not be as developed as some of the other neighboring beach towns (this is a positive thing!), it does have just the right number of necessary amenities and services. Right outside of Playa Grande, you can basically find anything and everything you might need. However, for the basics, Playa Grande is perfectly covered. Here is what’s …

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How to Be Earth and Ocean-Friendly While in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is globally recognized as being an earth-friendly country and certainly the most earthy-friendly country in Central America. While no country is currently perfect in their practices and policies, Costa Rica does have a lot to be proud of in regard to the efforts being made to protect the planet. The policy makers and people of Costa Rica (both …

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Part 2: Reasons to Spend More Time in Playa Grande with Your Family

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Aside from being a tight-knit and safe community that is full of wonderful and relatively likeminded people, Playa Grande is also a place where families can really enjoy life to the fullest. There are certain key factors that all families can agree on that play into what defines a family-friendly town in Costa Rica. For example, safety is a major …

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Part 1: Reasons to Spend More Time in Playa Grande, Costa Rica With Your Family

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If Playa Grande was going to wear a banner, it would read, “Playa Grande, a Tight-Knit Community of Families and Surfers.” Deciding where to visit or relocate with your family is a big decision, especially if your family includes young children or teenagers. While there is a community of families who already reside here full-time, there are also families who …

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Gold Verses Green: What’s Your Favorite Season in Playa Grande, Costa Rica?

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Playa Grande received its first drops of rain this past week. While all of the Grande locals had their own predictions, it is likely that few, if any, predicted that the rain would return this early in April. The first rain became the topic on everyone’s tongue in the surf lineup and amongst the sunsetters the next day. After many …