Playa Hermosa
Playa Hermosa
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  • lantana50
    182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant Hermosa Beach, Costa Rica
    Hermosa Beach was beautiful. We were pleased that it was not crowded. The water and beach were clean. A few local vendors were walking around selling jewelry and wood bowls, but this was not a touristy deluge of souvenirs. We were approached by a tour guide on the beach to go snorkeling. We checked the pricing at our hotel which was $400 for four people. The guide on the beach was $150 total. We had a nice 2-hour boat snorkeling tour at sunset.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Sara Borden
    Nashville, Tennessee5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Sunset Views and Calm Atmosphere
    We loved our time on Playa Hermosa. Great snorkeling on the north end of the beach, amazing sunset views, and overall calm and friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend checking out this beach.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Sue L
    Highlands Ranch, Colorado24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the drive!
    It is a very beautiful area. The people are extremely friendly. There are a variety of food options for you to choose from. It did rain almost every afternoon while we were there but that was okay because we were prepared. We took a chance and headed to the beach between showers. I was able to capture a few really really great shots of the sunset!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • tkscep
    Cold Spring, Minnesota24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful afternoon spent at the beach
    Loved grabbing beach chairs at Aqua - they just require you order food and drinks. Service and food was excellent and loved having loungers at the beach. Nice quiet vibe and water has gentle waves perfect to cool off.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 March 2024
  • marty185
    Portland, Oregon48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family beach excellence
    Perfect for a family, or those looking for something quieter than Playas del Coco. Very quick to get to nightlife if you want. A wonderful beach, with good amenities. Great surf for playing in the water. Close to many day trips, great base for exploring Guanacaste.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 March 2024
  • Mathiasj200
    23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quiet beach with HOT sand
    Easy going beach with not much development. Parking isn’t great, we just found a spot on the side of the road. The beach is pretty and water was clear. A few surprising bigger waves but otherwise pretty calm. The sand gets HOT so be sure to bring some water shoes or wear your sandals up to the water. There were folks cooking with wood on the beach so it did smell like a bit of a wildfire. If you are looking for quiet, this was a good place. If you want more around Coco might be a better choice.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 March 2024
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Cheri O
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My husband and I spent a month at Playa Hermosa in March/April 2024. It is a nice tan (mixed with a little black) fine sand beach. It is quite wide at low tide, clean, and the trees at the edge make plenty of nicely dappled shady spots in which to park a beach chair.

The sand is very soft, but of course it gets hot under bare feet quickly, and the waves hitting shore cloud the water until you are at a depth of perhaps 3-4 feet or so - deeper, if the waves are higher/ the ocean rougher. There was not much of a current the majority of the days I was in the ocean, so it seemed to me to be a nice safe beach for families. We usually saw lifeguards on duty on the weekends.

The Pacific is clear, pretty clean, and was very warm most days (86+° F) but during heavy winds, it would drop noticeably to what felt like at least a 15° F[ difference.

The beach is usually lightly populated with walkers and runners in the wee hours of the morning, it gets a bit busier by the time 1 PM rolls around, and then is often somewhat busy in the late afternoon, with many people staying until after the sun sets. Easter weekend was packed morning til evening, of course.

Sunsets: some of the most spectacular in the world. I will post a few pics of my favorites from this trip.

Insects: not bad at all, especially on breezy days, and less so if you're not under the trees. They become more problematic once dusk hits. Bring some OFF! or similar product to avoid being miserable.

There was no visible turtle grass in the water, nor any sargassum or other types of plant life which tend to ruin one's beach experience (and the biggest reason we choose Pacific beaches over Carribbean ones; the other being that they have much less plastic trash, both in and out of the water, in our experience). Playa Hermosa is at the foot of a hill, so in rainy season you can expect a sharp change in the ocean's prettiness due the the many runoffs from cmck*"into the ocean .

After a storm passed us by one day, there was a little bit of floating algae along with some minor jellies (we both got stung - my 2 were mild and my husband's only sting was mild to moderate), and much cooler water, but all annoyances had gone (as far as I know) when we went back 2 days later.

There is a scattering of embedded lava rock, good for clambering about, at either end of the beach, and some of it is submerged at high tide, so keep this in mind if you're at the edges during those times. Otherwise, this beach is barefoot-friendly, except for its heat and right beneath the trees, which drop some very sharp needles.
That same lava rock creates interesting tide pools to explore, and gives photographers plenty of nice shots of the (usually) mild waves crashing into the rocks.

There is a playground in the center wooded edge beyond the beach, as well as a number of round cement tables that would be nice for setting up a picnic lunch, and plenty of bar/ restaurants just out of sight along the perimeter of the beach if one wants to buy a meal, or just drinks. A small but nicely-stocked Luperon grocery store is barely a mile away on the main street if you need supplies. There are some beautifully-decorated trash cans along the length of the beach. An artist adorned the cans with beautiful mosaic tile artwork in a variety of designs. There are also recycling bins available,

A shady and somehwat rocky, winding, rock-lined walking path stretches over the majority of the beach's length, and I often passed a few others utilizing it during my early morning walks. The shade was very welcome, once the sun hit the beach.

Throughout our stay, we saw howler monkeys in the trees, various birds; one medium-sized stingray, which jumped 2 feet out of the ocean and then dove back in several feet away; lots of little bait fish and a few larger fish, and several large iguanas in the wooded area behind the beach. I also saw a hermit crab swapping its shell for a larger one that it had dragged near its hole in the sand, and watched a fight between a 6" crab and someone's dog.

If you're more into watersorts, there are SUPSs, kayaks, jet skis, and banana boats rentals, as well as PADI scuba diving, fishing and snorkeling trips.

On our last full day at the beach, which was April 13th 2024, I experienced the most exciting (to me) phenomenon! When we got back to our rental, I was rinsing out my swimsuit when suddenly, every time I brushed my hand on the suit, it would light up with numerous tiny, electric blue dinoflagellates! Each one looked like a *⁷They had evidently gotten into my suit's material, and glowed when agitated by the rubbing /squeezing. I tried very hard to get a video of the phenomenon, but sadly, these dinoflagellates only have a few such glows in their chemistry (according to the info I read in online sources) and were too weak by the time I grabbed my phone.

Beach vendors: There are a number of people selling drinks, food, ice cream, bracelets, massages, sarongs, tees, swimsuit cover ups, and wooden carvings, the majority of whom are not pushy, and then there are a few pushy fishing trip, smorkeling, sunset cruise, etc. salesmen. They are difficult to avoid on the beaches, but most will accept no as an answer.

Lastly, I just want to mention that we rented a house in Villas Sol, which is an all inclusive hotel at the north end of the beach, up on the steep hillside, and it neighbors a similar property at the far north end, so I am not sure if the following information will be useful to non-guests, but there are 4 outdoor showers and also toilets at that end of the beach, as well as a bar, and a store with swimwear, beach wear, beach toys, sunscreen, hats, etc. However, I am not sure if these places are available to non-guests of either hotel.
Written 15 April 2024
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Mathiasj200
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Easy going beach with not much development. Parking isn’t great, we just found a spot on the side of the road. The beach is pretty and water was clear. A few surprising bigger waves but otherwise pretty calm. The sand gets HOT so be sure to bring some water shoes or wear your sandals up to the water. There were folks cooking with wood on the beach so it did smell like a bit of a wildfire.
If you are looking for quiet, this was a good place. If you want more around Coco might be a better choice.
Written 27 March 2024
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marty185
Portland, OR48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Perfect for a family, or those looking for something quieter than Playas del Coco. Very quick to get to nightlife if you want. A wonderful beach, with good amenities. Great surf for playing in the water. Close to many day trips, great base for exploring Guanacaste.
Written 22 March 2024
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Kathlyn V
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
It’s a beautiful area and the people there were very friendly. The beaches were clean and perfect 😍 for walking 🚶. Great hotels and places to eat.
Written 9 March 2024
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tkscep
Cold Spring, MN24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Loved grabbing beach chairs at Aqua - they just require you order food and drinks. Service and food was excellent and loved having loungers at the beach. Nice quiet vibe and water has gentle waves perfect to cool off.
Written 6 March 2024
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Mon Zaj
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Good for morning jogging. Pet-friendly. The beach gets pretty crowded. Decent spot for sunset watching. There was a lot of garbage by the entrance, and every single trash can was overloaded, so trash was lying around them on the sand. Not cool.
Written 1 January 2024
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Sue L
Highlands Ranch, CO24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It is a very beautiful area. The people are extremely friendly.

There are a variety of food options for you to choose from.

It did rain almost every afternoon while we were there but that was okay because we were prepared.

We took a chance and headed to the beach between showers. I was able to capture a few really really great shots of the sunset!
Written 2 October 2023
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Sara Borden
Nashville, TN5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We loved our time on Playa Hermosa. Great snorkeling on the north end of the beach, amazing sunset views, and overall calm and friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend checking out this beach.
Written 17 September 2023
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lantana50
Tucson182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Hermosa Beach was beautiful. We were pleased that it was not crowded. The water and beach were clean. A few local vendors were walking around selling jewelry and wood bowls, but this was not a touristy deluge of souvenirs. We were approached by a tour guide on the beach to go snorkeling. We checked the pricing at our hotel which was $400 for four people. The guide on the beach was $150 total. We had a nice 2-hour boat snorkeling tour at sunset.
Written 26 July 2023
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luna l
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Business
Beautiful beach with very calm water and still a natural atmosphere. There are several restaurants and bars nearby.
Written 26 July 2023
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