Rip Jack Inn invites all guests to enjoy the many activities the Playa Grande area affords its visitors. No matter what time of year you book your stay at our hotel, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Let Rip Jack Inn arrange your tours and activities to ensure your friends and family spend the day with knowledgeable, reputable guides and operators. You can book prior to arrival or decide what you want to do once you get to Playa Grande. And always remember, there’ s nothing wrong with just chilling at the beach or in a hammock!
We’ve listed some of our more popular activities hotel guests enjoy while on their Playa Grande vacation.
Surf Lessons & Board Rentals
Playa Grande is home to some of the most consistent surf in Costa Rica. Pick up a board and let us help you learn how to catch waves and hang ten—all out in front of Rip Jack Inn. Surf lessons include board rentals, or you can rent your own board independently without instruction. Daily and weekly rates are available!
Rip Jack Inn has its own yoga shala where daily classes are held every day for locals and visitors. From beginners to the more experienced, people of all ages and levels will benefit from balancing body and mind here at Rip Jack Inn. The shala is equipped with AC, and yoga mats are provided. We even offer private classes for groups and individuals. Our yoga classes are popular with surfers; check our schedule to see when our surf stretch classes are available.
After a long day of play, or months of buildup from work stress, treat yourself to one of the best massages you’ve ever had. Our area masseuse’s can accommodate a variety of needs. Whether you need gentle hands to work out daily stress or an intense sports massage, local masseuses are sure to make you feel your best.
Set off in the early afternoon on a beautiful catamaran into the deep blue sea. Spend the day sailing, snorkeling, eating, and drinking aboard some of the best boats in the Pacific. Explore secluded beaches, islands, and coves and snorkel in some of the best spots around. Equipment is provided and you will have the opportunity to spot colorful fish, turtles, octopus, coral reef and much more! On the way back, enjoy the sound of live music as you watch the sun sink slowly into the horizon—definitely the best seat in town! Food and drink are provided. A first impression can be found here!
Strap yourself in and sail through the treetops on a canopy zip lining tour. See the beach, waterfalls, and local flora and fauna as you’re moving from tree to tree. With 23 platforms and 2 suspension bridges to get you adrenaline pumping, you can see the Costa Rican jungle like never before. These excursions are all day, so pack sunscreen, hats, and the appropriate apparel. Check out the video!!
Witch’s Rock & Ollies Point – World class surf
We love the surf in Playa Grande, and we’re lucky enough to be in close proximity to world- class surf. Experienced surfers can hop aboard a chartered boat for a surf adventure like none other. Accessible by boat only, Witch’s Rock enjoys endless offshore winds and fast barrels. Ollie’s Point is a right point-break with rides that seem to last forever. Get a preview of Witch's Rock & Ollies Point here!
Playa Grande is famous its Leatherback turtles. Starting in October, visitors from all over the world come to witness these 800 lb. creatures coming ashore and laying their eggs. Towards the end of the season, guests can take guided tours to see the turtle hatchlings make their way towards the Pacific. Turtle season officially spans October 15 through February 15, though turtles can be spotted all year long off the coast. Isn't this simply amazing?
Climb aboard a local fisherman’s boat and spend a few hours floating down the Playa Grande estuary. Listen for the howler monkeys in the trees and keep an eye out for caiman floating in the Rio Mata Palo. Should you want explore on your own, rent a kayak and be adventurous! This is what it looks like!
Rincon de la Vieja
Playa Grande is just a short drive to some of the best hiking in all of Costa Rica. Adventurers can pack up their car for the day and make their way to Rincon de la Vieja or Tenorio National Parks. Trek to volcanic craters and secluded waterfalls. If you prefer, we’ll hire you a guide to pick you up, provide snacks, and give you a one-of-a-kind tour you’ll never forget. Visitors should be advised that parks are closed on Mondays
Certified SCUBA divers can explore the depths of the Pacific by booking a charter to the famous Las Catalinas Islands or other popular sites. Swim among schools of colorful fish, spotted rays, and other invertebrates. Never been diving—not a problem! Local dive shops offer certification courses that include your very first open water dive. Check this out!
Saddle up and giddy up! See the beautiful terrain of Playa Grande and the adjacent area with a horseback tour. We are happy to book daytime and sunset rides along our neighboirng beach Playa Brasalito. Playa Grande beachfront is a protected zone for the Leatherback Turtles, sorry no horses allowed!
Guests can choose from either a full or half day sport fishing charter out in the open Pacific. Troll for sailfish, Yellow fin Tuna, Dorado, Snapper, and more! Let us book you’re a charter with the most experienced captains on the coast. Playa Grande visitors must drive to Tamarindo and Playa Flamingo to catch the boats. Have a look at this video!
AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT KICKIN IT AT THE BEACH FOR SOME GOOD OLE FASHION RELAXATION, COSTA RICAN STYLE!