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We are staying at Villa Olivia in the Spring of 2013. Wondering if we need to rent a car or not. We want to surf, swim, walk the beach and hang out. Most of our meals (breakfast and dinner) we will hire the on site person to cook but once in a while we will want to go out, perhaps go to Tamarindo one day and take a tour or two. Mostly adults with one six year old in tow. Basically wondering if we can walk to some of the local restaurants, surf shop and store to buy snacks and cocktail fixings.....

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We use www.europcar.com and they've always been great. Cheers from Playa Grande, Costa Rica at www.facebook.com/JimsBeachHouse Hope you have a great trip!

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Hey Marcy,

Renting a car usually is a toss up depending on what you are doing and where you are staying. For example, if you were only planning on going into Tamarindo once and were planning on staying in the house for the rest of the time, you might want to save the $. Some of the tours in the area (ie Marlin Del Rey Catamaran, and the Pura Aventura Canopy) both offer affordable transportation options. Now, with that being said, Playa Grande is not known as a "hustling and bustling town". You should be able to walk to the only grocery store and a couple good restaurants in about 10 minutes. If you want any more activities, or you want to make multiple day trips, you might consider renting a car.

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Thank you. We aren't planning on doing much. Some of the other folks are going to want to do day trips etc but I think they can figure out how to do that w/o transportation perhaps a pick up at our location. I was just concerned about getting to the local restaurants and local market to pick up a few things. Appreciate the feedback.

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As you ride in to Playa Grande there are some supermarkets on the way. Do the shopping as you drive in. That way you will have to use the local mini store for minor things and beer and ice.

Renting, unless you want to drive around I recommend a taxi for a trip to Tamarindo at night.

As for day trips, one to keep in mind is Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, lots of adventure, lots of nature, the volcano is active and easy to explore. You might want to rent a car for this particular trip.

A second day trip is Palo Verde, this trip is recommended to you with a tour operator because of the way this tour operates. Lots of wildlife on this tour.

San Juan...
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thank you what great info. We will have a 6 year old in tow with us so if we do any trips they will need to be close to Playa Grande as after an hour in the car he gets a little antsy.

guanacaste
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Well , Rincon de la Vieja is around 1 1/2 hours from Playa Grande, so unless you do a stop halfway, like in one of the souvenir shops, it should be out of your radar.

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There is a local named Jake that does tours and transport. You can ask for him at Mar Bar...

Canopy tours will pick you up a Villa Olivia. You can walk to all of the restaurants on the north end easily. Palm Beach is too far to walk with a six year old but only a couple restaurants in the part of Playa Grande... surfingplayagrande.com/playa-grande-map.html

Edited: 29 May 2012, 02:28
guanacaste
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here is a name of a tour operator that has all of the official permits and insurance info@crunique.com

San Juan...
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thanks so much very helpful.

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To get to Tamarindo from Grande, walk to the Bula Bula hotel, have a drink at the bar and ask for the water taxi--ten mins later you get a free estuary tour and are in Tamarindo--the water taxi runs as long as there are customers....