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Playa Hermosa, North Puntarenas

An important point that most tourists need to be aware of is the fact that there are two beaches named Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica. One is located in the province of Puntarenas, while the other Playa Hermosa lies in Guanacaste. The Playa Hermosa that is in Puntarenas is situated just five kilometers south of Jaco, and is one of the best surfing havens for professionals both national and international, in the country.

Best and most Consistent Surfing

Lying just at a ten-minute drive away from the beach town of Jaco, and a short drive from the capital San Jose, Playa Hermosa offers surfers some of the best and most consistent surf breaks in the world. However, it is important to mention here that the currents in Playa Hermosa are very strong and are not ideal for swimming. While Jaco offers waves for both beginners and experienced surfers to enjoy, Playa Hermosa is an expert surfer’s beach with waves reaching as high as 13 feet. There are a number of economical surf board rental shops on the beach as well that stow gear and rent out surfboards.

International Quicksilver Surf Championships

With world class waves, Playa Hermosa holds the International Quicksilver Surf Championships every year in August that literally brings hundreds of expert surfers here from all over the globe. The best time to surf in Playa Hermosa is from April to November, when the tide is high and rising. One of the most well known breaks on the beach is located in front of a large tree known as ‘El Almendro’ or the ‘Almond Tree’.

Since the economical accommodations in Playa Hermosa are quite sparse, most surfers tend stay in Jaco, which has a number of quality bars, hotels, restaurants, resorts and rooms for rent. Many people often prefer to surf the black sand beach of Hermosa to Jaco, as this beach is often empty during the week. However there are some very nice higher end hotels in Playa Hermosa.

Relaxing at Playa Hermosa

For those who get tired of surfing, Playa Hermosa is perfect for spending a day lounging in the sun with a good book, as not many people come here often. If you prefer, you could take a day trip to Costa Rica’s most famous national park, the Manuel Antonio National Park, which is about 45 minutes away or you could visit the Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge, which protects the Olive Ridley sea turtles that come to nest here every year.
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