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Playa Grande-Montezuma

Quick Facts

  • Good for : Swimming, sunbathing, surfing; turtle nesting watching (Jul.-Sep.)
  • Surf : Beach break with strong south swell perfect for beginners and intermediate level; waves are 3-4 feet high

Playa Grande's shoreline is the sweetest place in Montezuma. From the shades of the palm trees lining the Playa Grande shores, three rows of waves almost seem to break in size order, with the smallest in front and biggest in back creating an illusion of climbing stairs as you wade deeper into the warm ocean. Experienced surfers take to the deeper ride shoulder-height waves while beginners can practice simpler stand-ups on the smaller ones in the shallow waters. Between surf sessions, which are best during mid or low tide, you can rest in the cool breeze on any of the tree stumps along the shady shore.

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Walk south along the coast through tropical dry forest trails for about an hour from Montezuma's main beach to find Playa Grande. When you arrive, you'll find tourists tanning on the coast or splashing around in the water to rest after journeying narrow jungle trails by foot—which is the main way to reach Playa Grande's spacious paradise.

Playa Grande-Montezuma in Pictures

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