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Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is great for swimming. There are a few surfers, but the waves are mellow. There are some shady spots to sit and enjoy the view of the fine, white sandy beach, chill waves, and the occasional iguana.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank amshattuck
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place for quiet relaxation and tide pool searching. Nice sandy patches for swimming too. We went at sunset & it was stunning!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FreelyMi
Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

We did a sunset/ surf here after hearing the waves weren’t as big as Santa teresa. We came here twice and the beach wasn’t as crowded and the sunset was breathtaking. Gorgeous water, not too far from Santa Teresa and a must visit to see...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2018

We really enjoyed jumping the waves here. 5 layers of surf. It was fun!!! Sand great, semi soft, no rocks or shells. Didn't partake, but surf board lessons seem to be given all day.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gail C
Reviewed November 26, 2018

such a stunning beach and in a non rocky area- perfect if youre surfing but arent super confident on a board.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Georgie S
Reviewed November 18, 2018

We had a surf lesson at this beach and went back again twice to practice surfing. Easy waves, not crowded.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Claudwilli
Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile

We went to Playa Hermosa for a beginner surf lesson, and had a great time. It is beautiful and a great for surfers of all levels.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank V6830CKlisab
Reviewed October 22, 2018

I was so happy when I stumbled across Hermosa beach. There are a lot less rocks and the waves are a bit better for surfing than in Santa Teresa.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank barefootninjatravel
Reviewed September 5, 2018

Great beach for surfing. Our instructor brought us here every day. Super fun waves, beautiful white sandy beach. It was perfect.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 2018ScottW_
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Stayed at Villa Acacia, beautiful quiet rooms, lush vegetation and very few guests, it was down season. One block from the beach and great restaurants.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Tony W
January 30, 2017|
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Response from BMalissa | Reviewed this property |
Always bring water, it is hot. You can only get around by 4x4 and quads or ATVs are best. There are places in town that rent if your accommodations does not. The food is excellent! Everything is farm to table no matter where... More
Stephen s
July 3, 2015|
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Response from CajunDreamer | Reviewed this property |
Playa Hermosa is a short distance (3-4 miles north of Santa Teresa) off of the main road. Look for a small sign on the left that says "Colors" sort of faded. Take that left on rough road to ocean and Playa Hermosa (about 1/2... More
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Richmond, VA
Puddle jump or drive from San Jose? (3 Replies)
We are flying into San Jose at the end of July. Our house is on the pacific side of Costa Rica, at Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa. Is it best/safer to take a puddle jumper there, or should we rent a car when we land and drive for a few hours?
June 07, 2010|
Response fromroadadvisor|
Of course you can take the PUDDLE JUMP...but just be sure about times...for nicer vacation Rent a Car... roadadvisor
Cathy E
brooklyn, ny
Confused about Playa Hermosa (Santa Teresa) (6 Replies)
On one hand, the TA reviews of Playa Hermosa call it a "good swimming beach". On the other hand, many other sources, including property managers in the area, say it is not good for swimming - that the beach is either surfing areas or just rocky areas with tidepools. Can anyone clear this up? I just don't want to get there and not be able to swim at all. Thank you!
November 09, 2014|
Response fromblanco_borracho|
There are more than one Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica. The one north of Santa Teresa is a surfing beach. It is a beautiful beach with clear, shallow water for a long ways out. However, there is at least one spot with a strong rip tide pulling outwards to the pacific. I think it is a good beach for swimming as long as you are comfortable with some waves and aware of the rip tide's location.