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Hermosa Bay 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.


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Hotel Villa Acacia $63
Hotel Villa Acacia

Hotel Villa Acacia

158, 300 mts Oeste entrada Principal, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Playa Hermosa and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Coco Beach. Playa Panamá is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

    Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa $108
    Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa

    Hotel Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa

    Playa Hermosa, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Playa Hermosa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa Hermosa and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Coco Beach. Playa Panamá is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

      Apartamentos Bolimar - All Inclusive $55
      Apartamentos Bolimar - All Inclusive

      Apartamentos Bolimar - All Inclusive

      Playa Hermosa, Playa Hermosa, Provincia de Guanacaste
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Playa Hermosa, this property is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa Hermosa and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Coco Beach. Papagayo Golf and Country Club and Ocotal Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Beachfront~poolside~incredible Ocean&sunset View~ground Flr~secure~families
        Beachfront~poolside~incredible Ocean&sunset View~ground Flr~secure~families

        Beachfront~poolside~incredible Ocean&sunset View~ground Flr~secure~families

        Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Playa Hermosa condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa Hermosa and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Coco Beach. Playa Panamá is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

          Villas Sol Hotel And Beach Resort - All Inclusive $134
          Villas Sol Hotel And Beach Resort - All Inclusive

          Villas Sol Hotel And Beach Resort - All Inclusive

          Playa Hermosa, Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering direct access to the beach, this Playa Hermosa property is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Playa Hermosa and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Coco Beach. Playa Panamá is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

            Chic Tropical Home With Beachfront Access
            Chic Tropical Home With Beachfront Access

            Chic Tropical Home With Beachfront Access

            Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Playa Hermosa, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa Hermosa and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Coco Beach. Playa Panamá is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

              Sol y Mar-beachfront and Beautiful - 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom
              Sol y Mar-beachfront and Beautiful - 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom

              Sol y Mar-beachfront and Beautiful - 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom

              Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                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 is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

                Live the "pura Vida" Life in This Beachfront Home!
                Live the "pura Vida" Life in This Beachfront Home!

                Live the "pura Vida" Life in This Beachfront Home!

                Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the beach, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa Hermosa and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Coco Beach. Playa Panamá is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.