This dramatic, mile-long stretch is widely considered to be one of the top beaches in the world. Many a photo shoot and postcard image were made at this picture-perfect beach with off-white sands and turquoise water. Just east of the famous golf course of the same name, Playa Grande's drama comes from craggy cliffs dropping into the crystalline sea. Shade can be found in the palm trees that thicken into Parque Nacional Cabo Frances Viejo, a jungle preserve south of the
This simply gorgeous stretch of sand had food shacks and cheapie souvenir stands that marred its beauty, but the vendors now have brightly-painted, cutesy, Victorian-style huts that have been relocated to the end of the beach where a large parking area was constructed. The days of driving your car onto the beach are definitely over (a good thing since islanders with huge speaker systems in their cars would park right next to your table.)
Just behind the beach, screened by a palm-frond fence, are beach bungalows built by the development group of Playa Grande, available for rent—you know who you might spot sunbathing. Amenitites: food and drink. Best for: surfing, walking.