If you are traveling to Playa Grande by bus or domestic airline your destination will be Playa Tamarindo. In Tamarindo you can rent a car or take a taxi to Playa Grande. The drive will take you about 25 to 30 minutes and in a taxi should cost around $25.
***Surfer Advisory!*** (Bringing Surfboards to Costa Rica)
Please ensure that your domestic flight or bus choice can accommodate surfboards. All have limitations on size and quantity at certain times of the year. We’ve had a few surfers (during high season) rent a taxi since the domestic airline and buses could not guarantee that they could accommodate surfboards. A taxi from the San Jose airport is about $150 and about $100 from Liberia. Of course, if you rent your own vehicle, the point is moot.