Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

Hermosa, which means "beautiful" in Spanish, is an aptly named gray-sand beach that perches between two mountains. In fact there are two Playas Hermosa, the other being in the Central Pacific Coast near Jaco while Guanacaste's Playa Hermosa is situated between Playa del Coco and Playa Panama, Hermosa is seldom as crowded as its neighbors. It is a fabulous getaway for those seeking quality relaxation.

While Hermosa Beach maintains an overall laidback atmosphere, it has grown as an epicenter of ongoing development. The town of Hermosa runs from north to south along its beachfront, becoming more sparsely populated toward the south. Large hotel complexes on the northern end head most construction in the area, while the south retains a more relaxed atmosphere.

Services in town are abundant, offering excellent shopping, food, bars, and tourist activities. The coast of Hermosa Beach is renowned for its outstanding marine fauna, and visitors can enjoy this ocean life through activities such as snorkeling, sport fishing, and scuba diving. Horseback riding along the beach is another great way for people to take in the beautiful surroundings.

Accommodations in Hermosa mostly cater to those seeking mid-range or luxury rooms. However, sparse budget rooms are also available. Hermosa Beach is a short 20-minute drive, along a paved road, from Liberia's Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport. A car trip or bus ride from San Jose takes approximately five hours along the Inter-American Highway.

A number of national parks lie within a short traveling distance from Hermosa Beach: Rincon de la Vieja National Park (Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja), Palo Verde National Park (Parque Nacional Palo Verde), and Santa Rosa National Park (Parque Nacional Santa Rosa). These parks provide a great opportunity to view wildlife and experience a few of Costa Rica's diverse ecosystems.

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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Central America
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"Playa Hermosa is truly amazing! The beach is lovely and expansive at low tide. The water is warm and the waves are calm enough to swim but also big enough for body surfing. We stayed at Hotel Bosque Del Mar in a Junior suite which was lovely. The room had a separate sitting room with a mini fridge and mini bar area. The covered patio overlooked the pool and trees and was a perfect refuge from the brief afternoon downpours. The room was very comfortable and the shower was spacious with great water pressure. We saw howler monkeys almost everyday in the trees by the pool. Breakfast was included in our room rate and it was a lovely buffet that always kept us full until dinner. Having coffee and breakfast in the outdoor restaurant amidst the trees and overlooking the beach was such a wonderfully relaxing way to start the day. A man named Luis has an orange & black booth on the beach right next to the hotel where he offers various tours at great prices. We signed up for his snorkeling & sunset sail tour and we were the only ones who signed up so it ended up being a private tour! A crew of three sailed us out into the Papago Gulf where we snorkeled in crystal clear, calm water and saw puffer fish, trumpet fish, parrot fish, huge starfish, a sea turtle and so much more! Then we went to a secluded white sand beach and searched for monkeys, birds and coatis while relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous views. When we got back On the boat, they had sandwhich da, fruits, drinks and snacks for us while we sailed around and saw the sunset. It was truly marvelous and so romantic! The next morning we rented a jet ski from Luish and explored more on our own! Playa hermosa and the Papagayo Gulf beaches were much more secluded than Playa Coco that we visited. The hotel offered a shuttle ($10 each way) to Playa Coco which was about a ten minute ride. The beach town had lots of restaurants, bars, and shops right along the beach road. It was fun to explore for an afternoon but we were very happy with our choice in Playa Hermosa because it was less crowded and we felt closer to nature. There is a supermarket (Luperon) that is a 15 minute walk from the hotel; there are also a few restaurants on the route but we didn’t try them because we only discovered them on our last day. We walked down the beach to Robertos resultant and had snapper and ceviche that was very good one night. We also ate at the hotel restaurant which ended up being less expensive and better than Roberto’s. There were at least two more restaurants on the beach that were in walking distance. We loved relaxing on the beach amidst the trees in the chairs provided by the hotel. Each day, people would come by selling fresh coconuts for $2 and we enjoyed drinking the treat very much! All in all, Playa Hermosa exceeded our expectations and we highly reccomend going and staying at Hotel Bosque Del Mar for a relaxing getaway. "

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