Costa Rica has so many beautiful beaches there are actually two beach areas named Playa Hermosa which means literally means Beautiful Beach in Spanish. Our beach is located in the province of Puntarenas. If you feel like exploring the Northern beaches; the other Playa Hermosa is located in Guanacaste Province. Our Playa Hermosa is just five kilometers south of the bustling town of Jaco a popular tourist town with casinos and lively bars and restaurants. The sands of Playa Hermosa span the little over 4 miles and parts of the beach are often deserted. It is a quiet upscale restaurant area providing great beaches especially for the surfers amongst you. Lots of great seafood restaurants and bars with a relaxed Pura Vida atmosphere. It is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of Jaco, but when the mood takes you the excitement of the town is just a short 10 minute drive or taxi journey away.
Best and most Consistent Surfing
Lying just at a ten-minute drive away from the beach town of Jaco, and a short drive from the capital San Jose, Playa Hermosa offers surfers some of the best and most consistent surf breaks in the world. If you are interested in understanding how to surf or you need to enhance your surfing skill, we work and partner with many of the local surfing schools in Playa Hermosa. The many local surfing schools can train the fundamentals or train you new methods. Getting the best surf instructor helps to make the improvement in your ability to succeed.
International Quicksilver Surf Championships
With world class waves, Playa Hermosa holds the International Quiksilver Surf Championships every year in August. This event attracts hundreds of expert surfers from around the globe. The best time to surf in Playa Hermosa is from April to November, when the tide is high and rising. One of the most well known breaks on the beach is located in front of a large tree known as ‘El Almendro’ or the ‘Almond Tree’.
Relaxing at Playa Hermosa
For those who get tired of surfing , Playa Hermosa is perfect for spending a day lounging in the sun with a good book or walking the beach to the Southern headland. When you have had your fill of sun cocktails and beach, you could take a day trip to Costa Rica’s most famous national park, the Manuel Antonio National Park, which is about 45 minutes away, or you could visit the Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge, which protects the Olive Ridley sea turtles that come to nest here every year. Just ask us and we would be delighted to arrange that for you.