After a few pictures at the mirador, we continued another 2 kilometers on Hwy 34 out of Jaco, until we saw the signs announcing Playa Hermosa. You could miss the small "playa" signs, so you can also look for the cluster of signs right off the highway announcing various small hotels, such as the Sandpiper Inn, Hotel Fuego del Sol, and the Marea Brava Hotel (pic below). We turned right at these signs and followed the short road to the beach parking area. There were only 2 other cars parked, and we easily made the short walk to the beach.
Playa Hermosa's proximity to Jaco makes it a convenient beach to visit if you are in the area. As mentioned above, there are a few hotels and restaurants right next to the beach, if you prefer to stay in this slightly quieter area just outside of Jaco.
On the Saturday we visited, there were only two or three other couples and about 10 to 15 surfers in the ocean. "Hermosa" means beautiful in Spanish, and I will agree that this beach is indeed very beautiful. Playa Hermosa by Jaco is about 10 km long in total and arrow-straight, with waves pummeling the shore. Not exactly the best for swimming, but a real draw for surfers. Although I am more of a white-sand beach aficionado, the glistening jet-black sand on Playa Hermosa was stunning. Also, this is one of the cleanest beaches I've seen in
so far. Costa Rica
|View From the "Mirador" Over Playa Hermosa (Jaco)|
|Hotel Signs at the Turnoff Point off Hwy 34 that will lead you to Playa Hermosa|
|Small Road leading to Playa Hermosa Parking|
|Small lagoon seen as you approach the beach|
|Sitting on some of the tree debris on beautiful Playa Hermosa|
|Surfer walking along Playa Hermosa, about 4 more surfers are in the ocean just behind him|