Playa Herradura

Playa Herradura is a small beach located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, about 3.5 miles (6km) north of the town Jaco. It's Spanish name means "horseshoe", which refers to the shape of the bay of this particular beach. Playa Herradura has different types of hotels, cabins, camping sites and restaurants.

Playa Herradura Best Things to Do

Carara National Park Tour, Costa Rica
Carara National Park TourJaco

The Carara National Park is situated between Amazonian and Mesoamerican habitats, placing it within a transition zone that harbors a unique blend of flora and fauna. During this tour, participants will be able to explore the park’s trails and get a look at the plants and creatures that call it home.

3 km away
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
The Explorer, Costa Rica
The ExplorerJaco

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.

3 km away
Nature Walk
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Area Guide

Initially Herradura was a rural beach and sleepy little village. Nowadays the area has seen a lot of changes due to the demand of tourism and North-American property development. The prestigious and large hotel Marriott Los Suenos, with marina and golf course, is situated at Playa Herradura and is one of the largest tourism developments in Costa Rica.

If you are looking for activities like sport fishing and golf, then Playa Herradura is a great destination and you will find many options to keep busy. Its close proximity to the capital of San Jose makes Herradura a nice beach to escape to for those limited on time. The waters at Playa Herradura are a lot more tranquil than at surrounding beaches, making this a safe place for swimming.

The nearby located Carara National Park has a lot to offer to nature enthusiasts. Famous for its crocodiles in the Tarcoles River and mangroves where you could see birds such as toucans, macaws and herons, the trails in this park will allow you to see an abundance of wildlife and impressive flora.

Feedback From Travelers

Excellent for Birding

- JOHN C, FEB 2020

I really enjoyed myself. As for myself Jaco was the most interesting. I have troulble walking a great distance so hotel in Santa Teresa was nice but hurt to walk. Club del mar was the best!!!

- LANNY L, OCT 2019

We stayed at Villa Caletas. This was booked outside of Anywhere Costa Rica. What a beautiful hotel.