Beat the Heat in Playa Grande with These 5 Local Treats!

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Summertime is here in Playa Grande! The consistent offshore winds are blowing, the rains are drying up, the clouds are dissipating, the sun is blazing, and the temperature is rising. There are few things if any, things better on a hot summer day than a cold local treat. Whether you prefer an afternoon dessert, a refreshing and hydrating drink, a …

4 Reasons Why Playa Grande, Costa Rica is a Great Place to be a Kid

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Oh, to be a kid again! How simple life was before the reign of social media and technology addictions. For many who are reading this, your childhood probably included a lot of time playing with friends and staying outdoors until the street lights came on. No cellphones or violent video games, just wholesome and healthy playing. As technology continues its …

4 Unique Places to Watch the Sunset in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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If you haven’t noticed yet, sunsets are kind of a big deal on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Aside from the fact that the sunsets are often outrageously beautiful and astonishingly colorful and vibrant here, they are also treated by locals and visitors alike similarly to a celebration. Friends, new and old, families, and dogs gather on the seashore …

Five Opportunities to Learn and Practice Spanish While in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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The ability to speak Spanish in Costa Rica as a non-native Spanish speaker is one of the most rewarding accomplishments that you can work toward. While a large portion of the population speaks English, it will make life even more comfortable if you can converse in Spanish. The ability to speak the native language will open up a lot more …

The 5 Best Apps for Learning and Improving Your Spanish

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While the official language in Costa Rica is Spanish, many Costa Ricans speak impressively impeccable English. The ability to communicate proficiently in English opens up a lot of doors for local Costa Ricans, especially in the thriving tourism industry. Locals have long learned the English language to facilitate English-speaking tourists and even expats better. But, when foreigners make an effort …

What to Know about July 25 in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Seven provinces make up Costa Rica: San José, Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Limón, Puntarenas, and Guanacaste. The province of Guanacaste, which includes Playa Grande, has long lured in travelers and expats from around the globe. This northwesternmost region of Costa Rica is hallmarked for its spectacular beaches, inviting beach towns, agriculturally-productive countryside, abundant wildlife, diverse ecosystems, consistent surf, and almost year-round …

What’s So Amazing About Las Ventanas de Playa Grande?

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It is not uncommon to hear a story about an individual, a couple, or a family who traveled to Playa Grande, Costa Rica for the first time only to fall in love with it and decide to continue to return year after year. A considerable portion of the local population in Playa Grande is made up of seasonal locals who …

Why Playa Grande is a Great Community to Invest In

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If you’ve ever spent time in Playa Grande, you already know why this beach and surf community is so alluring. If you haven’t, though, let us share with you why Playa Grande is such a great community to invest in from a non-financial perspective. Away from it all, but close enough The main entrances to Playa Grande are a curvy …

The Beauty of Being in Playa Grande During the Less Visited Times of the Year

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The secret has long been out! Costa Rica is an internationally famous destination and one that receives more visitors every year. It is also a place where the “low season” is becoming shorter and less pronounced from the more popular times of the year to visit. More visitors are better for business. However, fewer visitors are often preferred by full-time …

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The Difference Between El Niño and La Niña, and What that Means for Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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We are in the midst of an El Niño event, and it is predicted to last through June, July, and August and maybe beyond. You’ve probably heard the terms “El Niño” and “La Niño” on the weather report before or during small talk conversations where the weather is commonly brought up. But, do you know what the difference between the …