Herradura, Costa Rica

A beautiful bay with luxury resorts and many yachts

The Herradura Vibe

Herradura bay is a small area that mainly consists of luxury resorts.

It is a good spot to stay if you want to be close to all the action of the Jaco area, but want a more peaceful and luxurious experience.

You will have trouble finding budget-friendly options here. 

Map Of Herradura

The village is located just north of the bustling town of Jaco.

It is located about 1.5 hours from San Jose by car. 

Herradura at a Glance

Nearest International Airport

Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose

Popular Things to Do

surfing, fishing, golf, relaxing on the beach

Best Way to Get Around

Rental car, walking in the downtown area

Best Time of Year to Visit

Dry season is from late December until mid-April

 

Getting to Herradura

For flight booking we suggest Skyscanner. They are our go-to flight booking site for great rates.

It is best to fly into San Jose (Juan Santamaria International Airport) to easily get here.

 


Most Flexible Option

We suggest renting a car to drive yourself.

The highway from San Jose to Herradura is a well-maintained. You should have no issues if you are a somewhat experienced driver.

Keep in mind that the highway is a toll road. You need to pay with cash, but they do accept dollars if you don’t have colones.

We usually pay with a $10 bill and the change (in colones) is enough to pay for the rest of the tolls. 

About an hour into your drive you will cross over a river called Rio Tarcoles which is usually lined with people. Pull your car over and walk back onto the bridge to check it out. You’ll see huge crocodiles below waiting for a tasty meal. 🙂

You do not need to rent a 4×4 for this route. The roads are all paved.

We suggest renting a car if you plan on traveling to other places and want the flexibility of not having depend on tours. 

We suggest booking your rental car with Adobe. They are the most trustworthy company in this country (in our opinion) and we have partnered with them to get a 10% discount for you on your rental car. You can find out more here. 

Most Relaxed Option

If you have a small group, the most comfortable option is hiring a private shuttle.

We are big fans of Adobe Transfers and they are more than happy to stop along the drive so you can check out all the crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles or other viewpoints.

You can get get a price quote from Adobe Transfers here.

BOOK A PRIVATE SHUTTLE

Cheapest Option

If you are only going to a hotel in Herradura and not planning on traveling to other places, the bus from San Jose is your cheapest option.

The public bus will only cost you a few dollars and runs several times a day. It’s not the most comfortable and if it’s full you could be left standing for the whole ride, but hey, it’s cheap!

You can check out the full bus schedule here. As your destination put in “Herradura.” Keep in mind that the bus departs from downtown San Jose, not from the airport.

Getting Around in Herradura

Herradura is so small that you really do not need a car. It is very easy to just walk around.

However, you most likely want to take some fun day trips. For that, you will either need a car or book tours with transportation included.

If you don’t feel comfortable driving from San Jose to Herradura, but would like a car while you explore the area, you can rent a car from Adobe and input Jaco as your pick-up location.

They have an office directly in the downtown area of Jaco. In the comments section of the rental car reservation, you can specify that you need the car delivered to you at your hotel. Adobe will deliver it to you free of charge if you are within 12 miles of their location (which all Herradura hotels should be less than 12 miles away).

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Herradura Weather

From December until mid-April there is hardly any rain in Herradura. The weather tends to be very hot and humid.

Just keep in mind that this is also prime tourism time and the nearby town of Jaco tends to be one of the most crowded beach towns in the country. This means that by default, Herradura gets filled up as well.

From mid-April until the end of July you can expect sunny and hot days with a daily afternoon thunderstorm. The rain usually rolls in around 2 pm and typically does not last for more than a few hours. Even after the rain ends for the day it tends to stay warm.

From August until December the weather is a complete surprise. Sometimes there will be nice sunny days and other times there can be nonstop rain.

Keep in mind that this is also the least popular time to travel so there are fewer tourists and everything is a bit cheaper.

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Herradura Hotels

Los Suenos Resort – This is a Marriot resort located directly on the beach. This is one of the few places in Costa Rica that has a golf course, so golf lovers, this is your place to be. The property has a kids club, multiple restaurants, several interconnecting pools, and a fitness center.

Hotel Villa CaletasThe style of this place is not at all what you would expect to find in Costa Rica, and we kind of love it. Here you can expect ornate marble everywhere.

Herradura Villa Rentals

There is a huge variety of villas at all price points located within the Los Suenos Resort property. For a ton of options, check out VRBO and the Marriott Homes & Villas website.  

I suggest booking through Marriott directly to make sure the home includes access to all the Los Suenos amenities. 

Here are a few places we really like…

Villa La Perla – Four bedroom, five bathroom, sleeps eight. There is a private pool, grill, and hot tub on the private property with access to resort amenities. 

Casa Patron –  Six bedroom, six bathrooms, sleeps 18 guests. There is swimming pools, a large game room with a Championship pool table, and a barbecue area. 

Casa Oasis – Five bedrooms, six bath home that can sleep up to 10 guests. The outdoor area has a sun deck, jacuzzi, and swimming pool. 

Things to Do in Herradura

fishing

Enjoy Playa Herradura

The Herradura beach is a nice place to spend a beach day with calm waters that you can swim in.

Go Golfing

If you are staying at Los Sueños Resort you will have access to their championship golf course with sweeping Central Pacific Coast views. 

Take a Sport Fishing Trip

It is possible to experience wold class deep-sea or in-shore fishing from Herradura.

Your experienced guide will help you to try and catch marlins, mahi-mahi, sailfish, and more!

If in shore or deep-sea fishing is your thing, Jaco is a great place to take a trip from.

We suggest booking your trip with Captain Jorge on the Barrileta.

Go Surfing

Playa Hermosa is the perfect spot for