Playa Hermosa

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Playa Hermosa meaning 'beautiful Beach', is the next beach up from Playa Coco on the Nicoya peninsula in Costa Rica. Quieter and less crowded it has only one hotel, a handful of bars and shops, but plenty of scenic beauty and lots of sunshine.


Playa Hermosa - Liberia visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Playa Hermosa' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Guanacaste.

Panorama of Playa Hermosa beach in Guanacaste, on the Pacific coast near Liberia on the north-west coast of the Nicoya peninsula in Costa Rica.

Playa Hermosa is a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica and one of the best maintained beaches in the country. It's popularity means that the area contains all sorts of hotels, hostels and holiday apartments for all budgets. Playa Hermosa is gray sand beach with a laid-back atmosphere but the surrounding area offers far more for the active soul! The beach holds a Blue Flag standard for cleanliness and environmental conservation, making it a safe and unspoilt haven. Recommended for families, the beach offers safe swimming, though do ask locally as there are often harmless jellyfish shoals near the shore. Water sports are offered at neighbouring beaches including all the usual boarding and surfing activities, jetski and kayaks, sailing and snorkelling, fishing trips and cruises.

Playa Hermosa is also known for thermoluminescent plankton which create an unusual effect under foot in the darkness of late evening. The microscopic sea plankton are washed ashore onto the sand. Walking on them creates glowing footprints in the sand. As a wave laps around your feet, you can see them sparkling like glitter swirling gently as the sea water flows. Hypnotically beautiful!

Nature greets you on your doorstep as you wake to the chorus of tropical birdsong. Monkeys swing about in the trees (including at the aptly named Monkey Bar tavern) and lizards even sleep in the trees to escape the heat of the day. Tropical fish and sea life can be spotted while kayaking or out snorkling.

Away from Playa Hermosa beach, the region is reliant on tourism but by no means over-developed. Much of the employment for this area is found in sustaining and protecting the environment, not just for ecological reasons but also to preserve the unspoilt remoteness which so appeals to visitors.

Not to be missed if venturing further in this region are the volcanoes of the mountain region to the east, the Rincon de la Vieja area which includes four of Costa Rica's National Parks.

Footnote - Playa Hermosa Guanacaste is easily confused with Playa Hermosa in Puntarenas.


Flight: 5 hours from San Jose International Airport, 40 mins from the Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia (with connecting flights to the USA).
Road: Playa Hermosa is about 25km west of Liberia on the 21 and 151 roads.

Malcolm Etherington - 18 Apr, 2008 16:55
Unfortunately we didn't spot the Thermoluminescent plankton mentioned above when we were there!

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