Posted by geoff on November 20, 2011
Playa Hermosa means “beautiful beach” and it was named that by the foreigners who moved to the Santa Teresa area in the past few decades.
It’s the least developed of the four sections of the Malpais/Santa Teresa area of Costa Rica, and many think it has the best beach. The sand isn’t as white as Santa Teresa, but the beach is much broader, and it’s great for boogie boarding.
The surfing is awesome too, and it has a right-hand point break. There are at least three surf camps at Playa Hermosa, and many others bring their beginner students here. The waves can become huge here however (up to 20 feet) and like most beaches, when the surf is gigantic, it can be dangerous.
Just south of the main beach of Playa Hermosa is an incredible, huge tidepool in front of Hotel El Rey Patricio, which is a favorite spot for families to take their kids at low tide to learn to swim or snorkel. This large protected pool also has a lot of beautiful sea creatures to see, and nothing dangerous so it’s very safe.
The best restaurant in the area, Koji’s, is also at Playa Hermosa. If you love Sushi, or Japanese food in general, check it out. It’s quickly become one of the favorite places to dine in the area.