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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Playa Grande

Costa Rica, Guanacaste

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 10° 18.981' N
Longitude: 85° 50.495' W

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ask for Las Tortugas Hotel, it's 10 steps from it.

English (Translate this text in English): ask for Las Tortugas Hotel, it's 10 steps from it.

English (Translate this text in English): ask for Las Tortugas Hotel, it's 10 steps from it.

English (Translate this text in English): ask for Las Tortugas Hotel, it's 10 steps from it.

DistanceDay trip

WalkLong walk (>30 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name las tortugas

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West

Good wind directionSouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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 Additional Information

its a nice and constant spot but very crowded

English (Translate this text in English): its a nice and constant spot but very crowded

English (Translate this text in English): its a nice and constant spot but very crowded

English (Translate this text in English): its a nice and constant spot but very crowded

Atmosphere

standing on beach...main break to your left...other to your right. both good, both crowded , On-shore wind can come up in the afternoon (thermals). Best when high tide is around 6-9am.

English (Translate this text in English): standing on beach...main break to your left...other to your right. both good, both crowded , On-shore wind can come up in the afternoon (thermals). Best when high tide is around 6-9am.

English (Translate this text in English): standing on beach...main break to your left...other to your right. both good, both crowded , On-shore wind can come up in the afternoon (thermals). Best when high tide is around 6-9am.

English (Translate this text in English): standing on beach...main break to your left...other to your right. both good, both crowded , On-shore wind can come up in the afternoon (thermals). Best when high tide is around 6-9am.

General

Go to Las Tortugas Hotel and tell Louis the H-town boys sent you and you want to surf. They'll take care of you. There are simple little things you can do to get in the water and do your thing without 50000 peeps droppin' in on ya. Go for a walk, monkey-trail style, Louis will tell ya where to go....he told me. Bring some shade and board....Great spot...be back in Jan.
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English (Translate this text in English): Go to Las Tortugas Hotel and tell Louis the H-town boys sent you and you want to surf. They'll take care of you. There are simple little things you can do to get in the water and do your thing without 50000 peeps droppin' in on ya. Go for a walk, monkey-trail style, Louis will tell ya where to go....he told me. Bring some shade and board....Great spot...be back in Jan.<br />Pura Vida

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Las Tortugas Hotel and tell Louis the H-town boys sent you and you want to surf. They'll take care of you. There are simple little things you can do to get in the water and do your thing without 50000 peeps droppin' in on ya. Go for a walk, monkey-trail style, Louis will tell ya where to go....he told me. Bring some shade and board....Great spot...be back in Jan.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Pura Vida

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Las Tortugas Hotel and tell Louis the H-town boys sent you and you want to surf. They'll take care of you. There are simple little things you can do to get in the water and do your thing without 50000 peeps droppin' in on ya. Go for a walk, monkey-trail style, Louis will tell ya where to go....he told me. Bring some shade and board....Great spot...be back in Jan.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Pura Vida

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AB301 avatar
Playa Grande
By AB301
Aug 24, 2012
- This was one of the funnest spots I surfed in CR. It is very accesible and there is a parking attendent that will watch your car for a few Colones. This break is best at mid to high tide.
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Playa Grande
By DrC123
Jul 27, 2011
Fast and furious - Read Tamarindo tubes
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Playa Grande
By rayo
May 16, 2010
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Playa Grande
By sirponij
Feb 1, 2009
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Playa Grande
By surfindestin
Nov 16, 2006
Grande 2 -
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By jaxon , 16-07-2011

pipeline high tide - zero at low - First of all, who labeled this spot so south on the beach? Anyway, in winter (dry season), PG frequently gets massive, dredging, offshore left barrels at high tide...very reminiscent of smaller+ pipeline. However, if you saw it at med-low tide, you'de think it couldn't even be a surf spot. Gets very crowded...unfortunately with a lot of untalented/druggy surfers and rude brazilian wave hogs. Getting dropped in on happens a lot, no matter if you're a an advanced surfer with perfect wave priority (makes a beautiful spot ugly). I've also almost stepped on used hypodermic needles on the beach near where the cars camp.

By Santiago Garza , 03-12-2008

Grande - I've been living over here for a while and Grande is my favorite wave...
It gets crowded and is pretty useless during low tide, but most spots in this area are. (during low tide, head to el tortugero on the other side of the rivermouth by langosta) The main break for grande is right in front of the parking area, with a couple smaller peaks off to the sides. mostly breaks right but with some solid lefts as well.

Great wave, much bigger than the surrounding areas.

By ferdinand , 30-05-2008

Grande - Been hangin out here now for a couple weeks. Chillin with my boy Dingbatz at the end of the road behind Kike's restaurant. He's gotta a surf factory and repairs boards, very well too! He shaped outta huntington for a while so he knows whats up! Fun little baech break break with some potential but the crowds can get annoying like anywhere. Cool low key town with tons of spots within an hour or so driving distance. Might get lucky and see some turtles.

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