Playa Herradura, North Puntarenas

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Tucked along the Central Pacific Coast with rolling mountains in the backdrop, Playa Herradura is an unmatched paradise. Glistening aqua-green waters and black-sand beaches are perfectly lined with palm trees where travelers can escape into a tropical trance. Playa Herradura is turning into a hot tourist destination, as there are canopy tours and nearby national parks for those looking to explore this region's finest locales. Located about an hour from the San Jose International Airport on the new highway, Playa Herradura is easily accessible for travelers.

Los Sueños Marina

Just a few years ago, Playa Herradura, just north of Jaco off of the Costanera Sur, was a quiet getaway that drew many locals. For tourists, this region was fairly under-the-radar but the Los Sueños Marina and resort has turned this unparalleled region into a luxurious resort. Spanning 1,100 acres, this planned community is home to a 200 wet slip marina, 600-acre rainforest reserve, 18-hole championship golf course and a spectacular array of accommodation residences.

World Class Sportfishing

Fishing enthusiasts may never want to leave this world-class marina, which is Costa Rica's only full-service, government sanctioned and five-star marina. It is home to the largest fleet of game fishing captains and boats in the country, making this an unforgettable vacation spot for sportfishing enthusiasts. Wet slips can accommodate vessels from 30 to 180 feet, and the dry storage space can fit vessels less than 35 feet in length.

Los Sueños is home to two exclusive sportfishing tournaments, as fishing waters nearby are among the top of the big game fishing destinations. Fishers can cast a line for 40-pound dorado, 300-pound yellowfin tuna and big Pacific sailfish.

Swimmers Paradise

Looking to take a dip? Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort boasts an extensive pool system that traverses the resort by way of canals, bridges, islands and swim-up bars.

Shopping at Playa Herradura

Playa Herradura is a great locale for shoppers looking to bring home a unique piece of Costa Rican art. Dantica Gallery is one of the nation's best places to shop for high-quality indigenous art of Central and South America. Shoppers can find jewelry, masks and other traditional pieces from Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia.

Travelers seeking a quiet getaway will still be able to escape the hustle of everyday life in Playa Herradura, as it does not attract as many visitors as Jaco. Play Herradura is also conveniently located for travelers to take a drive north to Punta Leona, or south to Jaco or Playa Hermosa.

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