Playa Grande has always retained the reputation for having consistent surf. A recent guest of ours was blown away by the glassy sets of stomach to chest high waves—and not a soul in the water. Sure it gets bigger here, and we’ve had our share of large swells this half of the year, but moderate sized, well-shaped Playa Grande peelers are what we’ve been known for, for years now.

With the rise in popularity of stand up paddleboards, surfers now must share the line up with a new type of wave rider. Yes, paddleboarders are discovering Playa Grande, and for more than the surf.

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But whereas the only thing to do on a surfboard is, well, surf, the SUP is a versatile board that allows riders to catch waves, tour the ocean, do yoga, and fish. And Playa Grande is the perfect place to do any and all of these activities on a paddleboard.

Beginners can get the hang of paddleboarding by taking a lesson through Frijoles Locos, or you can rent your own from them. Surf the main break, or head down to Palm Beach Estates.

Paddle out of Playa Ventanas, or head over to Playa Conchal, Playa Danta, or Playa Flamingo for calm waters. Spend the day floating atop large spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, and tropical fish.

While walking on the water, don’t forget to check out the horizon. The view of the Costa Rica playa-grande-sup-sunset copycoastline from is nothing short of spectacular. An SUP sunset paddle is the best way of end your day in Playa Grande.

Ask the hotel staff or house concierge when and where paddleboard yoga classes are being held—Playa Danta has been known as the go to place.

But leave your SUP at home, as airlines charge a few hundred dollars each way to transport them.