Playa Hermosa

Welcome to Playa Hermosa, which is a small town on the north west side of Guanacaste. Hermosa is a very low key town with lots of Villas, Hotels and Restaurants.

Start In Town

We start our Walk on Route 159 at Segunda Ent. Playa Hermosa. Route 159 is the main corridor through town. If you head south you’ll reach Playas del Coco, and if you head north you can reach the beaches of Playa Panama, Playa Buena & Playa Bonita. The primary supermarket is also slightly south on Route 159.

When we walk down Segunda Ent. Playa Hermosa, we’ll find many restaurants and hotels. This road is the primary road which allows cars to access the beach and other beachfront hotels. There are higher end hotels at the beginning of the road like Villa Acacia, Mangabay, Huetares Hotel & Villas. These hotels are well within walking distance to the beach. Further towards the beach, you’ll find more cabins and hostels.

We’ll reach an intersection with a road the runs north/south, which is parallel with the beach. You’ll find lots of advertisements for various activities on these signs, so be sure to check here if you’re looking for an adventure.

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Beautiful Beach

On to the beach, which is magnificent and very long. The beach has white sand and at the time of filming the water was very calm. The bay is flanked by two mountainous ranges. On the south one you can see the beaches of Poor Calzon and Playa Pence (which we have previously explored).

All along the beach there are hotels and restaurants which feature a picturesque view of the water, sunset and mountains. You can also set up anywhere for a picnic and play for the kids.

Towards the north end of the beach, there’s Condovac, which is a large area of rental units. There’s a small area of shops just off the beach on a street that is well marked. Then on further you’ll find the rocks. These rocks are covered on high tide, but when the water rescinds it provides a great walking area. You’ll see all kinds of crabs and small fish in the tide pools that remain.

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Chill Vibes

Overall, Playa Hermosa is well worth the visit and a great location to stay for the duration of your trip if you’re seeking a calm and relaxing experience. It has a great beach and is still close to Coco and Liberia for amenities and shopping.

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