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Playa Hermosa
Vacation Travel Guide

Scenic green mountains enclose this beach where scuba divers, snorkelers and surfers flock to explore the curling waves and diverse marine life.

Swim among colorful fish and coral at Hermosa Bay Beach, a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) stretch of dark volcanic sand bordered by tide pools and mountains. Explore the coastline on a boat tour and discover a serene region that is becoming increasingly popular among vacationers. Hermosa is the Spanish word for “beautiful,” which aptly describes the beach, the clear ocean water and the green hills.

The beach is a little less crowded than the likes of Coco Beach and other destinations on the west coast. Take a blanket and some snacks to the beach and set up an idyllic picnic, complete with the soothing sound of the waves. Capture photos of the scenic landscape, including the rocky cliffs at both ends of the beach.

Go scuba diving or snorkeling with one of the tour centers located along the beach or in the town. Surfing is popular in this bay when big-barreled waves roll in from the North Pacific Ocean.

Admire the remarkable hilltop condos that overlook the beach. The real estate boom around Hermosa Bay Beach is one of the most prominent in all of Costa Rica. Large hotels and resorts contribute to the lively vibe around the northern end of the beach. The south of the beach is more tranquil due to fewer crowds and buildings.

Head inland to discover the bars and restaurants of the town. For more nightlife, take a cab to the downtown area of nearby Coco Beach. Enjoy a drink and chat with locals and other travelers.

Hermosa Bay Beach is just north of the popular oceanfront towns of Coco Beach and Ocotal Beach. The tropical forests and volcano of Santa Rosa National Park are 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) further up the coast. Take a 30-minute taxi ride from Liberia International Airport, located inland, to reach Hermosa Bay Beach.

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Occidental Papagayo - Adults Only -All Inclusive
Occidental Papagayo - Adults Only -All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Playa Hermosa, Golfo De Papagayo, Panama Beach, Guanacaste
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $267 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15

This Panama Beach resort is on the beach, 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Playa Hermosa, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Coco Beach and Papagayo Golf and Country Club. Ocotal ...

3.8/5Good! (844 reviews)

"La estadía fue muy agradable, la comida muy rica y el hotel muy bonito."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2020

Occidental Papagayo - Adults Only -All Inclusive
Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa
Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa
3.5 out of 5
Playa Hermosa, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
The price is CA $158 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Nestled on the beach, this Playa Hermosa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa Hermosa and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Coco Beach. Playa Pedregosa and Playa Calzón de ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (225 reviews)

"Beautiful property, very friendly and efficient staff. The only thing we didn't like was our room was near the pool and there were a lot of children using it during our stay, so it was noisy. The room was also very visible to outside walkways."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2020

Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa
Beachfront~poolside~incredible Ocean&sunset View~ground Flr~secure~families
Beachfront~poolside~incredible Ocean&sunset View~ground Flr~secure~families
Sol Y Mar Unit 3C, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
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Nestled on the beach, this Playa Hermosa condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa Hermosa and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Coco Beach. Playa Panamá and Playa Pedregosa are ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Beautiful spot in paradise!

"We stayed July 1-7 and wished we could have stayed longer! The condo itself is spacious and beautiful. It is extremely well stocked with everything you could need. Right off the patio is the pool and just beyond that is the beach! The condo complex is small so the pool was never crowded. The beach ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 10, 2019

Beachfront~poolside~incredible Ocean&sunset View~ground Flr~secure~families
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Occidental Papagayo - Adults Only -All Inclusive
Occidental Papagayo - Adults Only -All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Playa Hermosa, Golfo De Papagayo, Panama Beach, Guanacaste
The price is CA $267 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
Occidental Papagayo - Adults Only -All Inclusive
Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa
Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa
3.5 out of 5
Playa Hermosa, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
The price is CA $158 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa
Beachfront~poolside~incredible Ocean&sunset View~ground Flr~secure~families
Beachfront~poolside~incredible Ocean&sunset View~ground Flr~secure~families
Sol Y Mar Unit 3C, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Beachfront~poolside~incredible Ocean&sunset View~ground Flr~secure~families
Beach Front Home With Daily Cleaning Service in Playa Hermosa - Guanacaste
Beach Front Home With Daily Cleaning Service in Playa Hermosa - Guanacaste
Playa Hermosa, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Beach Front Home With Daily Cleaning Service in Playa Hermosa - Guanacaste
Beachfront Charming Casita Offering Daily Houkeeping
Beachfront Charming Casita Offering Daily Houkeeping
Playa Hermosa, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Beachfront Charming Casita Offering Daily Houkeeping
Sol y Mar-beachfront and Beautiful - 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom
Sol y Mar-beachfront and Beautiful - 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom
Sol y Mar 1B, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Sol y Mar-beachfront and Beautiful - 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom
Directly ON THE Beach-luxury Immaculate Condo W/amazing Ocean Views/surf Sounds!
Directly ON THE Beach-luxury Immaculate Condo W/amazing Ocean Views/surf Sounds!
0001 Beachfront, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Directly ON THE Beach-luxury Immaculate Condo W/amazing Ocean Views/surf Sounds!
Directly on the Beach, Luxuriously Furnished Condo- Close to Walk to Everything!
Directly on the Beach, Luxuriously Furnished Condo- Close to Walk to Everything!
Beachfront, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Directly on the Beach, Luxuriously Furnished Condo- Close to Walk to Everything!
Hotel Villa del Sueño
Hotel Villa del Sueño
3 out of 5
De la primer entrada 800 m playa, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
The price is CA $102 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
Hotel Villa del Sueño
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.