Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

An elegant beach holiday close to nature

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Visiting Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa is part of the Gulf of Papagayo in the Guanacaste province. Situated at only about 30 minutes from the International Airport in Liberia (LIR), reaching Playa Hermosa is very easy indeed. With its gray sands and clear blue waters, the name “beautiful beach” was not given in vain. Despite its popularity, the beach is rarely crowded and is a good destination for those looking for a peaceful day in the sun. Additionally, Playa Hermosa is wonderful for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Hermosa’s efforts in maintaining its natural treasures as well as providing safety, has earned it the Blue Flag award. This makes Playa Hermosa the ideal location for those wanting an elegant beach holiday while maintaining a close connection to nature.

Highlights

Swimming and water sports

Playa Hermosa of Guanacaste must not be confused with Playa Hermosa of the Central Pacific Coast in Puntarenas. This is one of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica. Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste, on the other hand, has gentle waves and is great for swimming and snorkeling. The nearby Catalinas islands are the best spot for scuba diving and spotting sharks, turtles and rays. The calm waters accommodate many water sports such as kayaking, jet skiing, wind surfing and water biking.

Explore the beach and surrounding wilderness

The gray sands are set off by the pearly blue waters and lush, green hills. Spend a day exploring both the beach and the forests with one (or more!) of the tours offered at Playa Hermosa. You can rent an ATV, a motorcycle or bicycle. Or if you prefer, you can spend a day horseback riding and visiting the various viewpoints. Make sure you take the afternoon tour so you can ride on the beach and watch the sunset!

Explore the Gulp of Papagayo

Playa Hermosa is surrounded by other wonderful beaches. North you will find Playa Panama and South Playas del Coco and Playa Ocotal. The Gulf of Papagayo is known for its high development respectfully integrated into the natural surroundings. This makes the Gulf an ideal location for those looking to travel in a higher segment, but still maintain a connection to nature. Playas del Coco is a great place for a drink and a party. Playa Ocotal and Playa Panama are both perfect beaches for the quiet traveler.

Playa Penca

The Gulf is mainly known for Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco, Playa Panama and Playa Ocotal. But there are a couple of gems hidden here and there that are definitely worth your time. About 5 km from Playa Hermosa, you will find a small beach hidden in a cove. Playa Penca is still sparsely visited so a great place to spend a quiet afternoon. The sands are a familiar gray but the waters are a bright turquoise. Make sure to bring your snorkeling gear!

Visit nearby national parks

Guanacaste is home to some amazing biodiversity you can explore in different ways. In Rincon de la Vieja you can go water tubing, ziplining and hiking. Don’t forget to take plunge in the waterfalls and take an indulgent mud bath. In Palo Verde, you can take a boat trip on the Tempisque river and spot some wildlife. Santa Rosa is a great place for a hike through the tropical dry forest and is also the site of the historical battle against William Walker!

Tips

Visit between January and March: Explore Playa Hermosa during the dry season! This way you won’t be surprised by an unexpected rain storm.

Rent a car: Renting a car is the best option to explore the Gulf of Papagayo and the rest Guanacaste has to offer.

Bring factor 50 sunblock: The sun in Guanacaste is no laughing matter and can get quite intense. Protect your skin with factor 50 sunblock or more!

Visit more than just the beaches: Guanacaste’s beaches are only one part of the province’s magic. There are some amazing national parks to explore and also the capital itself, Liberia.

Getting there

Closest International Airport: Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR)

Playa Hermosa is very easy to reach. Located at about 30 minutes from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia (LIR), your best option is to fly in from your country of origin or from San Jose if you start your trip there. Once there, you can take a shuttle or rent a car to head to Hermosa. With Liberia laying at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 21, you can easily rent a car from San Jose as well. If you prefer to take a private shuttle from the capital you can do so, but keep in mind that these could cost around $200 where shared shuttles will cost you between $50 and $100.

Dining

Playa Hermosa is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the intoxicating beach life. It has a laid-back atmosphere and easy-going pace, yet has grown quite a bit over this last decade. This comes with a varied choice of restaurants, bars and sodas. For a great selection of local cuisine, visit La Casita del Marisco. One of Playa Hermosa’s most highly rated restaurants, is actually Asian-inspired. Visit Ginger restaurant for a range of tapas infused with Asian flavors.

Where to stay

Playa Hermosa is home to some of the finest beach Hotels of Costa Rica. Hotel Villa del Sueno is an intimate small distinctive hotel that offers many activities. Its small size sets it apart from other giants in the area. But its charm and elegance is bound to win you over. For an exclusive beachfront boutique, Hotel Bosque del Mar is a great choice. The lush greenery surrounding the hotel strikes the perfect balance between beach luxury and natural beauty.

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Playa Hermosa is very conveniently located at only 30 minutes from Liberia Airport.

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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

Playa Hermosa is perfect for beach and nature lovers alike! While it has seen a bit of development over this last decade, the beach is still pristine and untouched.

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Vacation Packages

Contact us for the best package options in this region!

Extended Costa Rica Highlights

Extended Costa Rica Highlights

20
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Pampered in Papagayo Package

Pampered in Papagayo Package

Less than $1000 p.p.
Perfect Playa Conchal

Perfect Playa Conchal

LIR
Less than $1000 p.p.
Best of Guanacaste – All Inclusive

Best of Guanacaste – All Inclusive

LIR
$1000-$1500 p.p.
Best of Costa Rica – All Inclusive

Best of Costa Rica – All Inclusive

LIR
$1000-$1500 p.p.
Active Family Adventure – Family Vacation to Costa Rica

Active Family Adventure – Family Vacation to Costa Rica

7
SJO
Less than $1000 p.p.
Romantic Beach Getaway

Romantic Beach Getaway

LIR
$1000-$1500 p.p.
Unforgettable Costa Rica

Unforgettable Costa Rica

7
SJO
Less than $1000 p.p.
In Perfect Harmony

In Perfect Harmony

7
LIR
$1000-$1500 p.p.
All Inclusive Fishing Adventure Package

All Inclusive Fishing Adventure Package

5
LIR
More than $2000 p.p.

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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Hotels

Enjoy ultimate relaxation and comfort at elegant beachfront boutiques and charming, intimate hotels.

Westin Golf Resort & Spa

Westin Golf Resort & Spa

5
5
From: Over $300
Occidental Tamarindo

Occidental Tamarindo

4
4
From: $200 - $300
Dreams Las Mareas

Dreams Las Mareas

5
From: Over $300
El Jardin del Eden

El Jardin del Eden

3
From: $125 - $200
Esplendor

Esplendor

5
From: $125 - $200
Hotel & Villas Cala Luna

Hotel & Villas Cala Luna

4
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Capitan Suizo

Hotel Capitan Suizo

4
5
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Pasatiempo

Hotel Pasatiempo

3
From: Under $125
Los Altos de Eros

Los Altos de Eros

5
From: Over $300
Tamarindo Diria

Tamarindo Diria

4
From: $200 - $300
Blue River Resort & Hot Springs

Blue River Resort & Hot Springs

3
1
From: Under $125
Borinquen Resort

Borinquen Resort

4
2
From: $200 - $300
Buena Vista Lodge

Buena Vista Lodge

3
4
From: $125 - $200
Canyon de la Vieja Lodge

Canyon de la Vieja Lodge

3
From: Under $125
Hacienda Guachipelin

Hacienda Guachipelin

3
3
From: $125 - $200
Rancho Humo Estancia

Rancho Humo Estancia

3
From: $125 - $200
Rio Perdido

Rio Perdido

4
From: $125 - $200
Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

4
3
From: Under $125
Azul Ocean Club

Azul Ocean Club

5
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Bahia del Sol

Hotel Bahia del Sol

4
4
From: $125 - $200
JW Marriott Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Resort & Spa

5
From: $125 - $200
Hotel Sugar Beach

Hotel Sugar Beach

3
4
From: $125 - $200
Paradise Flamingo Beach Hotel & Casino

Paradise Flamingo Beach Hotel & Casino

4
From: $125 - $200
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Margaritaville Beach Resort

4
4
From: $200 - $300
W Costa Rica

W Costa Rica

5
From: Over $300
Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas

Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas

5
From: Over $300
Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood

5
5
From: Over $300

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Tours

Take a tour to the most remote beaches, rent a kayak or go scuba diving and earn your certificate! If you want more action, check out the ATV tours or horseback riding trips!

Diamante Eco Adventure Park

Diamante Eco Adventure Park

From: $75 - $100
Sportfishing Angelica IV 29′ Feet Boat

Sportfishing Angelica IV 29′ Feet Boat

From: Over $100
Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour

Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour

From: $75 - $100
Rancho Humo Tour Wetlands Experience

Rancho Humo Tour Wetlands Experience

From: Over $100
Rio Ora Kayak Tour

Rio Ora Kayak Tour

From: $75 - $100
ATV Mountain Trip Tamarindo

ATV Mountain Trip Tamarindo

From: $75 - $100
Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise Tamarindo

Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise Tamarindo

From: $75 - $100
ATV Golden Coast Tour with Arenas Adventures

ATV Golden Coast Tour with Arenas Adventures

Kayak Snorkeling in Tamarindo with Arenas Adventures

Kayak Snorkeling in Tamarindo with Arenas Adventures

Surf Lesson with Arenas Adventures

Surf Lesson with Arenas Adventures

Discovery Pass with Diamante Eco Adventure Park

Discovery Pass with Diamante Eco Adventure Park

Adventure Pass with Diamante Eco Adventure Park

Adventure Pass with Diamante Eco Adventure Park

ATV Tour with Diamante Eco Adventure Park

ATV Tour with Diamante Eco Adventure Park

Horseback Riding with Diamante Eco Adventure Park

Horseback Riding with Diamante Eco Adventure Park

Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise with Panache Sailing

Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise with Panache Sailing

Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise in Papagayo with Marlin del Rey

Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise in Papagayo with Marlin del Rey

Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise in Tamarindo with Marlin del Rey

Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise in Tamarindo with Marlin del Rey

Zip Line & Tarzan Swing by Horseback Riding with Blue River Resort

Zip Line & Tarzan Swing by Horseback Riding with Blue River Resort

Buena Vista Day Experience

Buena Vista Day Experience

River Rafting on Rio Tenorio with RCR Rafting

River Rafting on Rio Tenorio with RCR Rafting

River Rafting on Rio Tenorio with Desafio

River Rafting on Rio Tenorio with Desafio

Hiking in Rincon de la Vieja National Park & Oropendula Waterfall with Hacienda Guachipelin

Hiking in Rincon de la Vieja National Park & Oropendula Waterfall with Hacienda Guachipelin

Hiking in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Las Pailas Trail with Hacienda Guachipelin

Hiking in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Las Pailas Trail with Hacienda Guachipelin

Adventure Pass with Hacienda Guachipelin

Adventure Pass with Hacienda Guachipelin

One Day Nature Pass with Hacienda Guachipelin

One Day Nature Pass with Hacienda Guachipelin

Borinquen Adventure Day (Horseback Riding, Zip Lines & Hot Springs) with Jacamar

Borinquen Adventure Day (Horseback Riding, Zip Lines & Hot Springs) with Jacamar

Borinquen Adventure Day (ATV, Horseback Riding, Zip Lines & Hot Springs) with Jacamar

Borinquen Adventure Day (ATV, Horseback Riding, Zip Lines & Hot Springs) with Jacamar

Buena Vista Mega Combo Adventure with Jacamar

Buena Vista Mega Combo Adventure with Jacamar

Canopy Tour Papagayo with Jacamar

Canopy Tour Papagayo with Jacamar

Early Birdwatching Tour with Jacamar

Early Birdwatching Tour with Jacamar

Horseback Riding Tour with Jacamar

Horseback Riding Tour with Jacamar

One Day Adventure Combo at Hacienda Guachipelin with Jacamar

One Day Adventure Combo at Hacienda Guachipelin with Jacamar

One Day Nature Combo at Hacienda Guachipelin with Jacamar

One Day Nature Combo at Hacienda Guachipelin with Jacamar

ATV Tour Adventure with Jacamar

ATV Tour Adventure with Jacamar

Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour with Jacamar

Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour with Jacamar

Safari Float Tour on Corobicí River with Jacamar

Safari Float Tour on Corobicí River with Jacamar

Surf Lesson at Tamarindo Beach with Jacamar

Surf Lesson at Tamarindo Beach with Jacamar

Pacific Green Turtle Nesting Tour at Night with Jacamar

Pacific Green Turtle Nesting Tour at Night with Jacamar

Rincon de la Vieja Waterfall Hike with Jacamar

Rincon de la Vieja Waterfall Hike with Jacamar

Rincón de la Vieja National Park Guided Hike & Liberia City Tour with Jacamar

Rincón de la Vieja National Park Guided Hike & Liberia City Tour with Jacamar

Santa Rosa National Park & Liberia City Tour with Jacamar

Santa Rosa National Park & Liberia City Tour with Jacamar

Tamarindo Mangrove & Estuary Tour on Kayaks with Jacamar

Tamarindo Mangrove & Estuary Tour on Kayaks with Jacamar

Tamarindo Mangrove & Estuary Tour by Boat with Jacamar

Tamarindo Mangrove & Estuary Tour by Boat with Jacamar

Waterfalls Summer Day with Jacamar

Waterfalls Summer Day with Jacamar

ATV Tour Azul Ocean Club

ATV Tour Azul Ocean Club

Sportfishing Wetass II 31′ Feet Boat

Sportfishing Wetass II 31′ Feet Boat

Sportfishing Scorpion 58′ Feet Bertram Boat

Sportfishing Scorpion 58′ Feet Bertram Boat

Sportfishing Navigator 32′ Feet Gamefisherman Boat

Sportfishing Navigator 32′ Feet Gamefisherman Boat

Sportfishing Circle Hooker 29′ Feet Pursuit Boat

Sportfishing Circle Hooker 29′ Feet Pursuit Boat

Sportfishing BrindisiToo 50′ Feet Bertram Boat

Sportfishing BrindisiToo 50′ Feet Bertram Boat

Sportfishing Bernacle II 36′ Feet Ocean Boat

Sportfishing Bernacle II 36′ Feet Ocean Boat

Sportfishing Angelica IV 29′ Feet Sportfisher

Sportfishing Angelica IV 29′ Feet Sportfisher

Sportfishing Bushwacker 42′ Feet Bertram Boat

Sportfishing Bushwacker 42′ Feet Bertram Boat

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