Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Non-Touristy Activities to Do in and around Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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If you are living in, have just moved to, or are enjoying an extended stay in Playa Grande, you might be interested in some non-touristy activities to experience. There are dozens of activities and places that both tourists and locals enjoy in and around Playa Grande. However, there are a few activities that many first-time and short-term visitors don’t have …

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7 Reasons Why Guanacaste is Such a Desirable Province in Costa Rica for Families

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Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces. The seven provinces are Guanacaste, Puntarenas, San José, Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, and Limón. Guanacaste is located in Costa Rica’s northwest region and includes part of the Nicoya Peninsula. This part of Costa Rica draws in families from all around the world who are seeking a tropical vacation or a new lease on life. Guanacaste …

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Playa Grande

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As you might have heard, Costa Rica is at the forefront of the green movement. Costa Rica has long been environmentally-conscious and progressive when it comes to protecting its resources. While Costa Rica is a shining example in many ways, the country has only recently instated recycling programs. There are still a lot of places throughout the country where waste …

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Top Two Dive Destinations that are Easily Accessible from Playa Grande

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The waters off the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula are teeming with marine life. The rocky reefs that line the coast and surround the offshore islands are magnets for a rainbow-array of tropical fish, sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, sea turtles, and small sharks. The beauty of diving in the tropical Pacific Ocean is that the conditions and the water …

A Week’s Worth of Beaches to Explore on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica

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White sand, gold sand, black sand, pink sand, no sand…the beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula will take your breath away. Some are easy to access and populated while others are remote and empty. There are beaches that have waves and others that are perfect for a relaxing soak in the sea. Some of these beaches are even preferred by sea …

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From North to South: Surf Beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula

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The Pacific coast of Costa Rica is blessed with waves all year around. While some months historically receive bigger swells than others, you can almost always find a wave breaking somewhere. The Nicoya Peninsula is lined from north to south with breathtakingly beautiful beaches where waves regularly break. In keeping in line with the unspoken surfer’s code, we can’t tell …

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Five National Parks and Refuges on the Nicoya Peninsula that are Close to Playa Grande

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Did you know that there are 25 national parks, 8 biological reserves, 32 protected zones, 11 forest reserves, and 58 wildlife refuges in Costa Rica? Nearly 26% of Costa Rica is protected by the MINAE, the Ministry of Environment and Energy. On the Nicoya Peninsula alone, there are 10 notable national parks, nature reserves, and wildlife refuges. The following five protected …

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5 Reasons Why You Should Explore the Nicoya Peninsula

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Playa Grande sits on the northern bend of the Nicoya Peninsula. The Nicoya Peninsula juts out into the tropical Pacific Ocean on the west side and hugs the Gulf of Nicoya on the easterly side. This picturesque peninsula has some pretty inspiring attributes! The Nicoya Peninsula includes Playa Flamingo, Playa Grande, Tamarindo, Avellenas, Los Pargos, Marbella, Ostional, Nosara, Samara, Santa …

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Where to Buy Locally-Sourced, Fresh, Healthy, and Cheap Food to Fill Your Fridge around Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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The food we choose to eat is one of the most significant factors that directly affects our complete health and well-being. Food is not only fuel, but the most comprehensive and effective form of holistic medicine. In a world of innumerable maladies, chronic conditions, stresses, and widespread obesity, our diet can either make us or break us. The saying “you …

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What to Expect in Playa Grande During September and October

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Contrary to popular belief, September and October aren’t necessarily total washouts months. These two months are notoriously the wettest of the year on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica though. Northern Guanacaste, however, is the driest part of the country and doesn’t typically receive days-on-end constant rainfall the way the central and southern Pacific coastline does; unless of course there …