My Playa GrandeMy Playa Grande
Forgot password

When to Visit

playa grande beach path costa rica

One of questions most frequently asked by travelers is “When is the best time to visit Playa Grande?” Truthfully, the answer depends wholly on what you plan to do here.

If you want to go on turtle tours, nesting and hatching season is between October and March. Some smaller breeds like the Olive Riddley can be seen out in the water year round.

But before you go booking your ticket in October, know that airlines reduce the number of flights into Liberia during September and October, and several hotels close during this time to get ready for the impending high season. During these two months, Playa Grande is prone to heavy rains showers, which puts a damper on activities.

Similarly, when the Papagayo winds blow off shore, it makes for fantastic surf conditions; however, those who want to lounge on the beach, kayak, or SUP may be deterred by moderate to strong winds.

Though many families looking for a summer vacation destination may rule out the tropics, adopting the attitude of “Why go somewhere hot, when it’s plenty hot here?” should reconsider. Green season begins in May, which brings new life to Guanacaste. In addition to the revived jungle, Playa Grande hotels and houses offer discounted rates; airline fares often drop. So not only is the area thriving with new growth, it’s often less expensive.

On the other hand, activities such as horseback riding, ziplining, and estuary tours can be enjoyed all year long. No matter when you choose to visit Playa Grande, you’ll love it here!