Just back from my 2nd stay in 2 months at the Playa Grande Inn. Im a New Yorker and world traveler and have stayed at a wide range of tropical locations. Something special about this place will make you want to return again and again.
First a bit about Playa Grande itself. Beautiful location, wide sweeping beach, amazing sunsets, sleepy little town, definitely not over developed like other parts of Costa. If you are either an avid or improving surfer, this is the place for you. Extremely consistent surf- surf every day. Many peaks, A frame waves and a sand bottom mean you can spread out and enjoy. Range of surf shops so you can rent high quality boards (save the airline board fee) and pick up anything you may need. Enough small restaurants and bars to give you a destination and variety but very unassuming. Feels very far away from the hustle and bustle of Tamarindo, but easily accessible if you crave the occasional night out on the town. Locals and expats all extremely friendly and welcoming.
Now to PGI. I have stayed in almost every option of accommodation in Playa Grande,from the $3000/week homes on the beach to the $125/night "suites" and Playa Grande Inn has become my go to place to stay. I will preface this by saying, it really depends on what you are looking for - nothing fancy here, but perfect for what i was looking for. I am a solo lady traveler, in Playa Grande to improve my surf. PGI is super close to the beach, easy on the pockets for longer surf trips, Justen (the manager), Lindsay, Lynn and the staff are extremely friendly, always looking out for you and trying to ensure you are comfortable and happy. Lynn's smoothies, juices and granola (try her yogurt bowl) are great after an early surf session. The outdoor shower to wash off from the beach is very convenient and refreshing. The pool is not large but a huge luxury during the hot middays when your waiting it out for high tide for the waves to work. Hammocks and sofa in the common area are great for lounging.
Justen is always hosting some sort of mellow event, from football bbqs to poker nights which gives you the option to get to know other guests or some of the locals and expats if you choose. take it from someone who usually stays to her self, this is amazing group of people you should let yourself get to know.
rooms are nothing fancy, but clean and safe. justen is always fighting the fight to improve the place and when I was there last month ordered brand new tvs for common area and some brand new air conditioners for the rooms (critical as it gets hot midday). rooms are not large but are comfortable, most with desks, and all with high speed internet access. i stayed on the top floor which i believe was a bit more quiet than the bottom rooms. I have also stayed in the 2bedroom apartment with kitchen which i would recommend a splurge on.
long story short, i would highly recommend for your next surf trip. people were great, unbeatable location, super friendly consistent waves, great vibe. relatively no frills though, laid back, not for the prima donna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tropical life style Sugars Monkey is a small hostel where you can breath ocean; 150 mt from miles white sandy beach, welcomes its guests with pool surrounded of tropical garden where you can eat fresh and healthy food from our restaurant open from breakfast time till dinner. Eight room with air conditioning, ambient fans, private bathroom, shower and hot water; Two room settings: doble room for two occupancy and large room for four occupancy. Community space, gym and pool table are free for guest, Be Water surf rental and tour will happy to take you into waterworld ....... ... more less
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