Explore Costa Rica's charming beachside town, Playa Hermosa
Costa Rica is one of Central America's most popular tourist destinations with its endless beaches on two coastlines, dense tropical jungles and thriving wildlife. One of the latest hotspots is Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste on the northern Pacific coast, approximately 45 minutes from Liberia International Airport. The small, developed town is home to hotels, restaurants and uncrowded beaches.
Over recent years, Costa Rica has become a leading tourism destination in Latin America, thanks to its natural landscapes, eco-friendly practices, and array of adventure activities.
One new hotspot that is drawing visitors is Playa Hermosa in the Guanacaste Province. Located on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Playa Hermosa is a small, developed town with a beautiful beach that can be reached within a short walk. The name translates to "Beautiful Beach", and this sandy uncrowded stretch is one of the reasons why it has become such a popular spot, especially for families who come to enjoy the calm, warm waters.
With Liberia International Airport approximately 45 minutes away, Playa Hermosa sits in a valley between two mountains and the lively town of Playas del Coco in the south and the upscale Playa Panama in the north. For such a small beachfront town, there are a wide range of hotels, restaurants and shops in Playa Hermosa, and for late bars and nightclubs, Playa del Coco is a short taxi ride away.
The unique light grey-sand beach is often uncrowded, but for travellers seeking peace and quiet, there’s a small cove around the corner from Playa Hermosa, called Playa Penca. Its turquoise, crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and there is a reef that is home to pufferfish, needle-nose fish and stingrays.
The beach at Playa Hermosa stretches 1.2 miles and fringed with palm and fig trees. Holidaymakers can enjoy a wide range of fun activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, swimming, diving, snorkelling, and banana boat rides. There are many scuba diving sites to enjoy, such as Catalina and Bat Islands, where manta rays, white-tip reef sharks, and bull sharks frequent the waters.
On dry land, tourists can organise tours and excursions to explore the Guanacaste region, such as ATV rides, horse riding on beaches, zip lining through tropical jungles, and visits to the hot springs and mud baths. For trips further afield, there are plenty of national parks to explore including Las Baulas National Marine Park where sea turtles can be seen, Rincon de la Vieja with its volcanic landscapes, Palo Verde where visitors can tour on river boats, Santa Rosa for hiking, and Lomas Barbudal which has off the beaten tracks that lead to the river and waterfalls.
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