Playa Hermosa

Vacation Travel Guide
Hermosa Bay Beach which includes boating and a sandy beach

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.

Top Hotels Close to Playa Hermosa

Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa
Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa
3.5 out of 5
Playa Hermosa, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $176 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
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 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (338 reviews)
"The peace and the sound of the ocean, the animals roamed free, and undesturbed."

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022

Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa
Condovac la Costa - All Inclusive
Condovac la Costa - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
400 metros norte de la Iglesia Catolica, Club Condovac, Playa Hermosa
The price is $197 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Nestled on the beach, this Playa Hermosa resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Hermosa and Coco Beach. Playa Calzón de Pobre and Papagayo Golf and Country Club ...
4/5 Very Good! (455 reviews)
"The view and the pool area is really the best part of this hotel. The food is good, not great and the cleanliness in the room could improve a bit. The communication with the lobby through whatsapp is too slow."

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2022

Condovac la Costa - All Inclusive
Beach Front Luxury Condominium - Canopy View!
Beach Front Luxury Condominium - Canopy View!
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Situated on the beach, this romantic condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa Hermosa and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Coco Beach. Playa Panamá and Playa Pedregosa ...
5/5 Exceptional! (43 reviews)
Great location
"The location of the condo complex is great! Right on the sand of Playa Hermosa. The water was calm and the beach was not very crowded. Great restaurants on the beach just a short walk from the condo complex (La Casita Del Marisco - amazing seafood dishes). The condo was clean and spacious. The kitchen ..."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Beach Front Luxury Condominium - Canopy View!
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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Best Lodging Options Near Playa Hermosa

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 $176 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa
Condovac la Costa - All Inclusive
Condovac la Costa - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
400 metros norte de la Iglesia Catolica, Club Condovac, Playa Hermosa
The price is $197 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Condovac la Costa - All Inclusive
Beach Front Luxury Condominium - Canopy View!
Beach Front Luxury Condominium - Canopy View!
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Beach Front Luxury Condominium - Canopy View!
Ground-floor unit in front of lazy river pool at Pacifico in Coco
Ground-floor unit in front of lazy river pool at Pacifico in Coco
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Ground-floor unit in front of lazy river pool at Pacifico in Coco
Sol y Mar-Beachfront and Beautiful - 3 bedroom/3 bathroom
Sol y Mar-Beachfront and Beautiful - 3 bedroom/3 bathroom
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Sol y Mar-Beachfront and Beautiful - 3 bedroom/3 bathroom
Beachfront Charming Casita offering daily houkeeping
Beachfront Charming Casita offering daily houkeeping
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Beachfront Charming Casita offering daily houkeeping
Enjoy the "Pura vida" life in our tropical beachfront villa
Enjoy the "Pura vida" life in our tropical beachfront villa
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Enjoy the "Pura vida" life in our tropical beachfront villa
Directly on the Beach, Luxuriously furnished Condo- close to walk to everything!
Directly on the Beach, Luxuriously furnished Condo- close to walk to everything!
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Directly on the Beach, Luxuriously furnished Condo- close to walk to everything!
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!
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH-Luxury Immaculate Condo w/amazing ocean views/surf sounds!
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.