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Things to do in  Playa Hermosa

Welcome to Playa Hermosa

Tucked in along Costa Rica’s shimmering Pacific coast, the small town of Playa Hermosa—”Beautiful Beach”—is often billed as the calmer alternative to the bustle of nearby Playas del Coco. Its primary stretch of shoreline, tinted light gray with volcanic sands, is a family-friendly place to paddle, with snorkeling trips, catamaran cruises, and sport-fishing excursions among the top things to do in Playa Hermosa. Part of the town’s charm is also its proximity to many of Guanacaste Province’s inland attractions, including Rincón de la Vieja, Santa Rosa, Guanacaste, and Palo Verde National Parks.

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When to visit

Playa Hermosa truly lives up to the "beautiful" in its name with a looker of a long, crescent-shaped beach. The weather here is generally agreeable throughout the year, though the high season coincides with the dry season, from December through April. The rainy season is typically less crowded (and also more affordable), with rainfall peaking in September. Playa Hermosa is also a popular surfing destination, and major championships are held here at the end of August.

Getting around

Traveling by public bus from Liberia Guanacaste International Airport to Playa Hermosa generally takes about half an hour, while taxis are even quicker. Playa Hermosa itself is quite walkable, but if you want to explore the wider region—including neighboring beach towns and nearby national parks—it’s wise to use a rental car. Otherwise, catamaran sailing tours, full-day excursions into nature, and guided snorkeling trips offer ways to see the region.

Traveler tips

The water at Playa Hermosa is usually comfortably warm, but take caution: The beach’s strong riptides can be hazardous. For calmer waters, take a quick drive to more sheltered destinations such as Playa Flamingo. However, these currents and breaks make Playa Hermosa an internationally renowned sailing destination, and amateur and professional surfers put on a regular and entertaining spectacle on the beach.

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