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Playa Grande Montezuma

Montezuma's Playa Grande

Playa Grande is the favorite surf spot in Montezuma, even though it’s a 30-minute walk to the north. The hike is pretty epic, along some of the most beautiful beaches and trails in Costa Rica, and makes a great warm-up. Most of the surf retreats such as Anamaya and La Escuela del Sol send their students to Playa Grande for their lessons.

Along the way, you will probably see monkeys and sometimes other animals such as a coati (known as pizotes in Spanish) or an anteater.

The locals will carry a short board all the way, but for most tourists, or anyone with a longer board, it’s better to work with one of the surf outfitters that store their boards in a shack out at Playa Grande. You can arrange this with Mauricio or Young Vision.

The land behind Playa Grande is owned by a family in Montezuma and is now part of a huge private nature reserve. There are no roads here so the only way is to walk in. There’s now a turtle egg sanctuary, with volunteers working around the clock to protect the eggs from poachers and to help the babies reach the water when they hatch.

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