Welcome to Playa Hermosa, a coastal gem that has stolen our hearts and become our beloved home. Nestled in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, this laid-back community boasts one of the most stunning beaches in the area, and the best part? It's incredibly easy to access with two entrances and public parking (bring a couple bucks to pay the nice unofficial Parking Attendant who will watch your car while you soak up the sun). So, grab your flippy floppys, Dreamland Sunnies (purchase them here) , lather on some reef safe sunscreen (purchase that here) , and let's go ride a dolphin... Okay that's actually not something that you can do there, but let's go have some fun anyway!
As you step onto the sandy shores of Playa Hermosa, you'll find yourself surrounded by an array of beach bars and restaurants (like nice ones, not spring break ones) that are ready to tickle your taste buds. Aqua Sport, El Velero, Robertos, and La Casita de Marisco are just a few of the fantastic options that line the beach, offering delicious local and fresh cuisine and refreshing drinks. Indulge in local favorites like a National Beer such as Imperial or Pilsen paired with a shot of Casique or the infamous Chiliguaro . Trust us, it's a recipe for pure bliss.
If you're planning to stay a while, Playa Hermosa has plenty of vacation rentals (check out our partner sites here) available to accommodate your needs. Alternatively, you can check into one of the fantastic hotels in the area. Villa Del Sueno and our personal favorite, Hotel Bosque Del Mar, offer unparalleled comfort and breathtaking views, ensuring a memorable stay.
Now, let's talk about the adventures that await you in Playa Hermosa. Are you ready for some excitement? Rent a Jet Ski (Rent that here) and zip across the sparkling waters to the iconic Monkey Head Rock. The adrenaline rush combined with the awe-inspiring natural beauty is a combination that will leave you speechless. If you prefer a more relaxed experience, grab a kayak and explore the pristine coastlines at your own pace. Don't forget to make a stop at Playa Penca, a hidden gem boasting crystal-clear turquoise waters and powdery white sands. Keep an eye out for the construction of the Waldorf Astoria on the left and the One and Only Resort being built on the right – luxury is on the horizon! So so fancy (Iggy will tell you here how fancy it is)!
For those seeking a touch of eco-adventure, Diamante Eco Adventure Resort is just a short 30-minute drive away, offering thrilling activities for nature enthusiasts. And if you're up for a slightly longer journey, Vandara Eco Resort awaits you with its serene atmosphere and breathtaking vistas. Of course there are unlimited options for tours and so much to see when you are here, and we can help with them all. Sunset cruises, Snorkling tours, Diving Tours, Waterfall tours, private beach picnics, ATVs, Dune Buggies, surfing tours, yada yada yada, just tell us what you want to do here.
When the sun sets over Playa Hermosa, the fun doesn't end. Head over to Guanacaste's one and only movie theater, The Beach Cinema, for a cinematic experience like no other. Catch the latest blockbusters while indulging in a bucket of buttery popcorn and a the mommy and daddy drink of your choice. We recently watched Spiderman: Across the Spiderverse on Father's Day, and it was awesome!
While Playa Hermosa has its own charm, it's also conveniently located just a 10-minute drive from the vibrant town of Playas Del Coco. Here, you'll find Western-style grocery stores, convenient amenities, and a bustling nightlife that caters to all tastes. If you venture 15 minutes away, you'll discover Playa Ocotal, a true natural wonder adorned with mesmerizing reefs and rock formations. It's the perfect spot for children to frolic in the enchanting pools and for snorkeling enthusiasts to explore the vibrant marine life beneath the surface.
And let's not forget about the accessibility factor. Playa Hermosa is a mere 25-minute drive from the Daniel Oduber Quieros International Airport (LIR), making it an ideal destination for both residents and vacationers alike. Imagine landing and unwinding on the beautiful shores of Hermosa within minutes. The drive from LIR to Hermosa might be the best part... The views are unbeatable. Ask literally anyone... They will tell you the same.
As its name suggests, Hermosa means "beautiful" in Spanish, and Playa Hermosa lives up to its reputation. From its golden sands to its stunning sunsets, this coastal paradise is a slice of heaven on Earth. So, whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or a taste of the Pura Vida lifestyle, Playa Hermosa is waiting to embrace you with open its gorgeous sculpted open arms. Experience the beauty, feel the warmth, and create memories (book a sunset photography session here) that will last a lifetime in the remarkable Playa Hermosa Guanacaste. Start planning your journey today and let the magic unfold. Oh yea... We can help you plan.