The quiet beach town of Playa Hermosa is located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in the province of Puntarenas. Known for its consistent surf and easy-going vibes, it’s the perfect place to stay if you are looking to experience the best of Costa Rica.
Only about a 90-minute drive from the airport in San Jose, stretching over a total of 7 kilometers, this exquisite black sand beach is a surfer’s paradise. With consistent beach breaks all year long and not many other people in sight, this low-key beach town draws in an impressive international crowd.
The tranquility of Playa Hermosa is one of the reasons people love to visit time and time again. It’s perfect for long walks on the beach, watching some of the most incredible sunsets you will see in your life, or grabbing a cold drink as you watch the pros in action as the pelicans fly by in their perfect “V” formation. If you listen carefully, you will hear the parrots and scarlet macaws calling out as they fly overhead.
Throughout different times of the year, you could be lucky enough to catch baby turtles hatching on the beach in the early morning or see whales putting on a show as they pass through during their yearly migration.
One of the unique aspects of this beach is the close proximity of the mountain range in the backdrop. It’s one of the few places in Costa Rica where the jungle meets the sea.
If you are looking check out more of the surrounding area, Hermosa is perfectly situated for a day trip to many different places in Costa Rica. Take a quick trip down to Dominical/Uvita to check out one of the most well known waterfalls in Costa Rica, Nauyaca Waterfall or perhaps you want to take a roundtrip catamaran to Isla Tortuga for a day of fun in the sun.
No matter what your interest, Playa Hermosa has something for everyone!