295km (183 miles) NW of San José; 70km (43 miles) SW of Liberia

Playa Grande is one of the principal nesting sites for the giant leatherback turtle, the largest turtle in the world. This beach is often too rough for swimming, but the well-formed and consistent beach break here is very popular with surfers. The beach is a long, straight stretch of soft, golden sand, with very little development at the moment. I almost hate to mention places to stay in Playa Grande because the steady influx of tourists and development is severely threatening it as a turtle nesting site.