Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

A calm & family friendly beach area

The Playa Hermosa Vibe

Playa Hermosa mostly consists of the beach area, where most hotels are, and a main road with stores and restaurants.

It doesn’t have that touristy town vibe (you will have to head to nearby Playas del Coco for that), but it is a great place to stay for a relaxing getaway.

There is plenty to do nearby and the water at the beach is usually very calm and good for swimming. 

playa hermosa map

Map Of Playa Hermosa

Montezuma is located on the Nicoya Peninsula, the little hook of Costa Rica.

This area is not the easiest to access, but that seems to give it a lot of its charm.

Playa Hermosa at a Glance

Nearest International Airport

Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia

Popular Things to Do

Rent jet skis, take a catamaran tour, go zip lining

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 Playa Hermosa

The easiest way to get to Playa Hermosa is by flying into the Liberia International Airport. From the airport, it is only about a 20-minute drive to Playa Hermosa.

If coming from San Jose the drive will take you about five hours.

From Liberia International Airport we suggest taking a taxi to Playa Hermosa (if you aren’t renting a car). 

A taxi will cost about $45 according to the official taxi list and can fit four to five people plus luggage.

We have a family of official Costa Rican taxi drivers in the Liberia area that we exclusively work with. They are the absolute best and have agreed to give our readers a discount. With them, you will pay only $35 for your taxi to Playa Hermosa (plus tip).

You can preorder your taxi here and they will be waiting for you at the Liberia Airport. 

Your other best option is to rent a car. The drive to Hermosa is very easy for all drivers. It consists of one main highway and then a few well-maintained side streets.

We suggest renting a car if you plan on taking many day trips on your own. If you plan to only relax at your hotel or take tours with transportation, you most likely won’t need a car.

We always suggest Adobe for all car rental needs. They are by far our favorite and most trusted car rental company in the country. 

Adobe has given us a 10% discount plus plenty of other perks to pass on to you. You can grab your rental car discount here

Getting Around in Playa Hermosa

Hermosa is somewhat divided between the beach area and the more main road with grocery store and some restaurants. If you are staying on the beach, there are a few good restaurants that you can easily walk to. Personally, we like to have a rental car for getting around so we can take day trips. 

One option is to rent a car for only a few days of your trip. Adobe has an office in Liberia and will deliver your car to Hermosa for a very small fee. 

Playa Hermosa Weather

This area has some of the best consistently sunny and warm weather in the country.

From mid-December until late April you can expect dry hot weather. It gets so dry here that it is not unusual to see forest fires in March and April. 

Although the weather is dry, everything tends to die by March and things are very brown.

From late April through August you can expect a daily afternoon rainstorm that lasts for about an hour or two. This is the one area of the country in which it sometimes doest rain even during rainy season.

From August until December you can expect more frequent rainstorms that sometimes last the entire day and sometimes only a few hours.

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Playa Hermosa Hotels

Villa del SuenoThis is a good place to stay with a nice garden property close to the beach. There is a nice pool on the property and breakfast is included. 

Hotel El VeleroLocated directly on the beach, this is the perfect place for relaxing with an ocean view. There is a pool and restaurant on the property. 

Hotel Bosque del MarThis is our more high-end hotel choice in Hermosa. It is located directly on the beach, there is a nice pool on the property, the rooms and staff are excellent. 

Papagayo Golden PalmsThe nice garden property that backs up to the beach is the real draw here. The rooms are clean and nice and there is a pool on site. 

MoonShadow Our unique boutique choice in the area, Moonshadow is a fun place to stay that feels cozy and homey. 

Things to Do in Playa Hermosa

Enjoy the Beach

Playa Hermosa is the perfect place for swimming. There is a roped-off swimming area and the water is usually very calm.

Just a warning, there are occasionally stingrays on Hermosa beach. They won’t typically bother you, but stings have been known to happen sometimes.

Take a Catamaran or Sailing Tour

A catamaran or sailing tour is the perfect way to explore this beautiful Pacific coast area. Some tours include snorkeling, sunset views, a meal, and cocktails.

Go Deep Sea Fishing

Are you ready to enjoy some world-class mahi-mahi or marlin fishing on the Pacific ocean? Plan a sport fishing tour! Most resorts are happy to cook up what you catch as your dinner.

Go Scuba Diving

If you love diving, there are several reefs and tons of marine life in the waters surrounding Papagayo. Go out with an experienced guide and find all the best spots.

Visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Rincon de la Vieja is a great spot to visit if you would like to see a volcanic activity up close and personal. There are also tons of adventure activities to do in this area. We have. a complete guide to Rincon de la Vieja for more info.

Take an ATV Tour

ATV tours will get your adrenaline pumping and can be a great way to explore some off-road destinations in the Guanacaste region.

Go Ziplining

Visit Diamonte Eco Park for a fun-filled day adventure with zip lining, hanging bridges, nature trails, and lunch. Note, the ticket we included below is for people who can get their own transportation to the park.

Go Horseback Riding on the Beach

Take a private horseback riding tour along the beach. This is fun to do in the evening while the sun is setting. 

Visit Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

This is an impressive nearby waterfall that you can swim under. It is the perfect family-friendly day trip. If you have a car, this is something you can easily do on your own. Check out our Llanos de Cortez guide for more info.

Expand Your Coffee Palette

Take a coffee tasting tour and learn all about Costa Rica coffee beans and tastes.

Rent a Jet Ski

It is not unusual to see locals on the beach renting out jet skis. Sometimes they will overcharge tourists, so we suggest saying, “no that is too expensive for me” and walking away to see if they counteroffer.

Playa Hermosa Restaurants

Aqua Sport – I wouldn’t say this place has the best food ever, but it is still our go-to spot in Hermosa when we want to have a cocktail night with some friends on the beach. In other words, expect basic food, but a chill place to hang out with some beachfront drinks. 

Ginger – Definitely the nicest restaurant in the area with fresh ingredients and quality menu options. The prices are also extremely reasonable considering the quality. 

Che Sirloin – The best place around for beef, from burgers to steak. 

Buzzed Monkey – The place to go when you are craving some US style pulled pork, brisket, hot wings etc. 

Robertos Bar & Restaurant – The perfect seafood and fish spot with a nice view of the ocean. 

Playa Hermosa Travel Tips

-Keep in mind that there are two towns called Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica. The other Hermosa is located on the Central Pacific coast near Jaco.

When searching for hotels, activities, etc. make sure you are looking at Playa Hermosa in the Guanacaste region.

-Hermosa is located between Papagayo to the north and Playas del Coco to the south. We suggest staying in the gulf of Papagayo if you would like a more all-inclusive resort vibe. Head south to Playas del Coco for a bigger town with more action.

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