Location: between Penca Punta Cacique and Bonita beaches in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Hermosa beach GPS Coordenates: 10.576574,-85.676565 (10°34’35.67″N, 85°40’35.63″W)
District: Sardinal, canton: Carrillo, province: Guanacaste.
Zone postal code: 50503.
Hermosa Beach is an extensive and beautiful beach around 2km long, with white sands and quiet blue waters, surrounded by lush tropical forest with ridges of volcanic rock and beautiful mountains, located in the province of Guanacaste.
Hermosa Beach, which means “beautiful” in Spanish, lives up to its name by its outstanding paradise beauty and lush surroundings, whose coast is renowned because it has an exceptional marine life, making it one of the best dive sites in the country. In addition, Hermosa Beach is one of the best maintained beaches in Costa Rica, winner of the “Blue Flag” award (Bandera Azul in Spanish) given to beaches that demonstrate high environmental standards and excellent safety facilities.
Hermosa Beach is an uncrowded beach, making it a very relaxing place, perfect for those seeking quality relaxation, peace and tranquility. However, Hermosa Beach is suitable to practice some water sports. In fact, Hermosa Beach is a favorite for swimmers, because of its calm waters. Visitors can also do some snorkeling, Scuba diving, kayaking, making a boat trip and/or sport fishing, horseback riding trips along the beach, ideal to see the beautiful surroundings.
While Hermosa Beach still maintains an overall laidback atmosphere of tranquility, it is the focus of ongoing development. Most of the construction is in charge of large luxury resorts at its northern end, while the South retains a more relaxing atmosphere. In addition, the community services are abundant with a variety of excellent restaurants, bars, travel agencies and shops.
An important point that most tourists need to be aware of is the fact that there are several beaches named “Hermosa” in Costa Rica. The Hermosa beach that is in Puntarenas, near Jaco, is the one famous for being one of the best surfing havens in the country.
Getting to Hermosa Beach in Guanacaste:
From San José
Drive north to Puntarenas and then follow the Pan-American highway until you reach Liberia. There, turn right, continue for 8 km (5 miles) and turn right at the DO IT Center to Papagayo or Panama beach. Once in Panama beach, turn right and continue on the road to Hermosa beach for about 4 km (2.5 miles) until you reach the entrance to Hermosa beach. This route requires a total of 5 to 6 hours from San José.
From Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR)
Drive south to Santa Cruz for 8 km (5 miles) and turn right at the DO IT Center to Papagayo or Panama beach. Once in Panama beach, turn right and continue on the road to Hermosa beach for about 4 km (2.5 miles) until you reach the entrance to Hermosa beach.
Take a bus from the route San José – Hermosa beach / Panama beach, which takes about 6 hours (Traslapa, 2221-7202, 2680-0392); or you can also take a bus from the route Liberia – Hermosa beach / Panama beach, which takes about 1 hour (Transportes La Pampa, 2665-5891). We recommend buying the ticket the day before to ensure your space.
You can also take a flight from the Juan Santamaria Airport to the Daniel Oduber airport at Liberia, either with Sansa or Nature Air airlines every day. From here you can rent a car and drive or take a taxi to Hermosa beach, which takes about 20 minutes.