Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is situated about 3 miles (5km) south of Jaco and is one of the best surf destinations in the country. There are two Playas Hermosa the other is in Guanacaste and is not a surfing beach.

Playa Hermosa Best Things to Do

The Explorer, Costa Rica
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On The Explorer tour, you’ll get to explore the waterfalls in the forests of Jacó. This tour will take you to an area that resonates with the rushing water of 10 waterfalls. You’ll get the chance to hike the trails and swim in the natural pools.

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Nature Walk
Taxi Boat from Jaco to Montezuma, Costa Rica
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The traditional route between Jaco and Montezuma requires zig-zagging up the coast and taking a slow boat across the golf in total time about 3 to 4 hours. But thankfully there is an alternative — take a boat straight across the gulf in less than an hour.

3 km away
Boat Tours
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Area Guide

Only a 2 hour drive from San Jose, this beach is quickly reached and beginning as well as experienced surfers can indulge in the consistent breaks. Yet, because of strong currents, this is not an ideal beach for swimming and can be dangerous.

Many accommodations at Playa Hermosa are mid-range or high end. The area is wonderful for those looking for a relaxing break; sunbath at the beach or unwind at your hotel.

The Manuel Antonio National Park is about an hour drive while Carara National Park is about 25 minutes away. Here you will find a variety of wildlife such as white faced monkeys, iguanas, various birds and more. Playa Hermosa is also home to a Wildlife Refuge and protected area for Olive Pacific Ridley Turtles. These animals come ashore here and lay their eggs from June through December.

Feedback From Travelers

Thank you so much for basically guiding us through the whole vacation planning process! Gema was so helpful and proficient and patient in helping us plan what turned out to be an amazing experience/surf trip/mind + body relaxing getaway! We were completely satisfied with the room we stayed in and the staff was so helpful and pleasant. We can't wait to book with you again! : )

- DAVE S, FEB 2018

The beach was beautiful and fun to walk along. There were people on the beach but I would not describe it was crowded. Undertow and rocky on the area in front of our hotel, but easy walk to less rocky area. The sand was fine and in the heat of the day hot on the feet. We enjoyed hearing and seeing and watching all the scarlet macaws.

- STEVE H, JAN 2018

Ok area and good for surfing

- TOM W, DEC 2012