Tours of Playa Hermosa run the gamut of fun activities. Water-based adventures include rides on banana boats, jet skis, and scuba diving in the Gulf of Papagayo. Or, you can stop at the beach as part of a sport fishing tour off the Guanacaste coast. Land-based adventures include driving ATVs or UTVs through forests, forge rivers, and along the beach in search of wildlife; flying through the canopy on a zipline; birdwatching in abandoned pasture fields and thick forest patches; or going to a nearby park where you can plunge down a 1,300-foot (396-meter) long water slide, ride a horse through the forest, relax in a natural spa with volcanic mud and hot springs, tube down a river, and go on long jungle hikes.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Playa Hermosa is an ideal spot for travelers in search of a sleepy surfing community.
- Bring swimsuits, sun protection, and a towel.
- Join a surf camp for surfing lessons; gear is available to rent.
- Accommodation ranges from rustic huts to condos with a pool and other luxury facilities.
- Currents can get very strong, with large powerful waves.
- Don’t confuse this beach with Costa Rica’s other Playa Hermosa on the Nicoya Peninsula.
How to Get There
Playa Hermosa is located along the Guanacaste coast of the Pacific Ocean in the Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica, roughly 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Jaco on the road to Quepos. From Jaco, drive, take a taxi, or hike. The nearest largest city is San Jose. Buses from San Jose to Jaco run every two hours and the journey takes about two hours.
When to Get There
Located in the Central Pacific region, Playa Hermosa has temperate temperatures throughout the year. To avoid the rainy season it’s best to visit from December to April, the driest months in the area. Come in August when surfers and surf enthusiasts come from all over the world for Quicksilver’s International Surf Championships.
Beaches Nearby The Guanacaste coast is blessed with several beautiful beaches. Besides Playa Hermosa, check out the pristine and powdery Playa Flamingo, which has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag ecological award, or Playa Tamarindo, a long beach with great waves perfect for learning how to surf and a buzzing nightlife popular with tourists and locals alike.
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