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Playa Hermosa

Just a few minutes south of Jaco’s hustle and bustle is the much mellower surf beach of Playa Hermosa. A handful of hotels and restaurants come with a reggae soundtrack and view over the Pacific, along broad, often empty, volcanic-gray beaches. What it lacks in amenities, however, it more than makes up for in waves.

Playa Hermosa’s claim to fame is unsung surf that’s more challenging, and less crowded, than nearby Jaco. Thus it brings in the more serious surfers, rather than those who have come to Costa Rica to test themselves in other ways after hours. It’s not for everyone—some folks find themselves wishing that they were within walking distance of Jaco’s dining and nightlife options. Others, however, enjoy Hermosa’s awesome views of the moon and stars, reflected in the dark Pacific.

There are at least five well-known breaks along the shore, and plenty of relaxed hotel-restaurants where you can wile away the hours between sets. And it’s just as convenient to Juan Santamaria International Airport, and other hot spots on the Central Costa Rican Coast, as its more famous, and crowded, neighbor.

Practical Info

Don’t confuse this with Costa Rica’s other Playa Hermosa, in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, on the Nicoya Peninsula. This “pretty beach” is located 10km (6mi) south of Jaco, much closer to San Jose.

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Tubing at Canyon River, Canopy, Horseback Ride and Hot Spring Combo Tour From Playa Hermosa, Playa ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Tubing at Canyon River, Canopy, Horseback Ride and Hot Spring Combo Tour From Playa Hermosa

This tour takes place in the foothills of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. You will be able to enjoy 4 different activities: a canopy tour (combining rock climbing, ...  Read more

Location: Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.00
Scuba Diving at Playa Hermosa, Coco and Ocotal Beach, Playa Hermosa, Horseback Riding
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Scuba Diving at Playa Hermosa, Coco and Ocotal Beach

Scuba diving tour in Playa Hermosa, Gulf of Papagayo. The d ive sites are perfect for beginners, certified divers, and students. Night and long-range dives ...  Read more

Location: Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Congo Trail Canopy Tour from Playa del Coco, Guanacaste and Northwest, Scuba Diving
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Congo Trail Canopy Tour from Playa del Coco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

This tour will give you an experience of a lifetime! Just a few minutes from Playa del Coco and Playa Hermosa, in the Congo trail, there is a high flying ...  Read more

Location: Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

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