Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
If you didn’t bring your board, don’t worry! There are a many surf shops in Jaco, the beach prior to Hermosa, and there are a number of places that stow gear and rent out surfboards along with giving surf lessons for those that want to learn. There is no need for a wetsuit since the water temperature is 85 degrees year around. The best time to surf in Playa Hermosa is from April to November, when the tide is high and rising, the most popular break on the beach is directly in front of a large tree known as ‘El Almendro’ or the ‘Almond Tree’.
On the Central Pacific Coast, Playa Hermosa, in Puntarenas, lies a mere 50 minutes away from San Jose, situated just five kilometers south of Jaco.
Economic accomodations at Hermosa beach are limited, however, there are a few high end hotels where to stay if your budget allows for it. Jaco, also considered party capital of Costa Rica, rocks the nightlife with numerous quality bars, hotels, restaurants, resorts, casinos, and rooms for rent; most surfers prefer to lodge in Jaco and take the short drive, or rent a bike to the superior surfing spots in Hermosa during the day.
It is important to know that the currents in Playa Hermosa are very strong and are not ideal for swimming, however, the beach is perfect for spending a day lounging in the sun while listening to the relaxing sound of the waves rolling onto the sands, as the beach is less crowded than neighboring Jaco. Another option is to visit the Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge, which protects the Olive Ridley sea turtles that come to nest here every year; or take a day trip to Costa Rica’s famous national park in Manuel Antonio, which is only 45 minutes away if you have a car.
Other activities include sportsfishing, 5 different jungle canopy tours, Golf, horseback riding, ATV rentals, the butterfly garden, and Aerial Tram. You can do as much or as little as you like, if you are not up for any tours, simply lay by the beachfront pool or lay in a hammock in front of the ocean all day.
Summary: Big waves and six miles of gorgeous coastline; secluded location with easy access to Jaco.
Landscape: Beaches, Transitional Forest
Attractions: Carara National Park, Nesting Sea Turtles, Surf
Activities: Adventure Tours, Sport Fishing, Surfing
Caters to: Budget Travelers, Independent Travelers, Surfers
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