Just 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) south of Jaco there is peace to be found on the sand and crashing waves of paradise-worthy getaway Playa Hermosa, province of Puntarenas (not to be confused with the Playa Hermosa in the northern Costa Rican province of Guanacaste).
Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica is the ideal destination for travelers -surfers and non-surfers - who prefer to be outside of the tourist development, yet want to be on a beautiful sandy beach and very close by to the action.
Intermediate and expert surfers swear by Playa Hermosa's perfectly cascading waves, regularly reaching heights of 2.5-4 m. (8-13 ft.) and breaking powerfully onto the endless ink-black sand beaches. High tide translates into dozens of skilled surfers in and out of the white wash.
However, Playa Hermosa's 10 km (6 mi) is not all made equal. In fact, the area in front of the Hermosa Palms community (known as "La Curva") is swimmable at low tide, which occurs twice a day. This area has palm trees that provide a nice shade. In any case, Playa Hermosa provides a perfect opportunity to spend a relaxing day wading and breathing the sea mist along this seemingly endless stretch of beach.
The small town of Hermosa is organized along 1 km (0.6 mi) of the highway that runs from Jaco in the north to Manuel Antonio in the south. The center of the town is marked by the soccer field. There are a few restaurants, cafes, pizzerias and grocery stores. Some restaurants, like the Backyard, have terraces overlooking the ocean so you can enjoy the view of both nature and surfers alike. The Backyard offers an attractive night scene, with live music often performing.
The easiest way to arrive to Playa Hermosa is by car or taxi cab. Some public buses departing from Jaco to Quepos stop at Playa Hermosa. Taxis are based only in Jaco and can be called for pick-up.
The Wildlife Refuge (Reserva Biologica de Playa Hermosa)
At the south end of the road that runs parallel to the beach you arrive to the Wildlife Refuge of Playa Hermosa. You may visit the refuge during the day, except for Mondays. The Hermosa Refuge plays an important role in the protection of the Olive Ridley sea turtle. These turtles lay their eggs on the beach from July to December. The baby turtles hatch and head to the sea from October to February.
Take a panoramic view shot of Playa Hermosa and its white wash from the vantage point just off the highway coming from Jaco.
We offer vacation rental luxury villas and houses and affordable condos located on the beachfront, both in gated communities such as Hermosa Palms (2 km [1.25 mi] south of the Backyard) and in the town of Hermosa. If you prefer a panoramic view of both mountains and ocean, then choose to stay at a fabulous home such as Casa Infinito, just five minutes uphill from the beach.