Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica

Hermosa, which means "beautiful" in Spanish, is an aptly named gray-sand beach that perches between two mountains. In fact there are two Playa Hermosas, the other being in the Central Pacific Coast near Jaco. 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. Most visitors bring a blanket and sunscreen to soak up Guanacaste's burning sun, and due to its calm surf, Hermosa is a favorite for swimmers


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Vacations in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

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.


"Loved loved loved it! What a great place! We loved visiting Playa Del Coco and the beaches. We rented PWC's and did a 2 hour tour which was a blast plus rented paddle board at Roberto's which was fun."

"Ginger Restaurant was excellent. "

"We felt very safe and would definitely return to this area. The beach was beautiful and very clean. We walked to the store and restaurants and felt very safe."

"Find Adolpho on the beach and book the snorkel tour. It was the highlight of my visit to playa hermosa. Roberto's restaurant was my favorite. Many expats full of stories and info. 2 for 1 drinks a great deal. For those who want a bit of peace and quiet, this is the place. The whole experience was amazing. "

"Beautiful sunsets!! Water was great for swimming and kayaking. They had nice tide pools to look at. We ate at Ginger which was delicious and restaurante El Velero was also great and is right on the beach. "

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