Playa Hermosa Travel Guide

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    Front of the restaurant
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    View from the bar
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Playa Hermosa Things to Do

  • The volcanic sand is black

    Having been to the Caribbean many times, I'm used to powdery white sand beaches. But on the west coast of Costa Rica, the sand is a mixture of black and white - white from the usual coral, but the black is from the volcanic rock from which the country was formed.As you can see in the background, the surrounding foliage is quite brown and dry. We...

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  • Closer view of the black sand

    This is a closer view of the black volcanic sand, common of the beaches in Costa Rica. While it is not as soft as the usual sugary white sand, it is very interesting, and forms beautiful patterns when the waves recede back to the ocean.

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  • Lunch on an Island

    After our boat ride accompanied by the dolphins and stingrays, we arrived at this island. The staff prepared an excellent barbequed lunch and we spent the afternoon exploring this little island on our own. After a couple of hours, it was time to get back on the boat to return to the hotel.

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Playa Hermosa Hotels

  • Hotel El Velero

    Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Villa del Sueno

    Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Condovac la Costa

    Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Playa Hermosa Restaurants

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    by razzz Written Mar 27, 2004

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    This was a great place with amazing tapas. The emphasis on amazing produce that is available all year in Costa Rica is obvious. There was a good selection of vegetarian options and the frites were amazing! The downside is that it is owned by Americans and is not local cuisine. It is nice if you want a interesting, delicious meal and don't mind being surrounded by Americans.

    Favorite Dish: Everything was great!

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Playa Hermosa Transportation

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    by hawk460 Written Jun 5, 2008

    You must have one of these to depart from Costa Rica,,,$26.00 USD as of May 2008. These are easy to obtain at the airport,,,no problem!

    Departure Tax receipt
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Playa Hermosa Local Customs

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    by travelgirl3 Written Jan 8, 2005

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    I don't know if walking your pig on the beach is really a local custom in Costa Rica, but this pink porker certainly seemed to be enjoying the waves! When we approached, he wound around our legs, and enjoyed being scratched behind the ears, just like a dog would.

    Piggie on the Beach, Costa Rica
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Playa Hermosa Warnings and Dangers

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    by travelgirl3 Written Jan 8, 2005

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    This guy certainly looked friendly enough. Every morning when we returned from breakfast, he would come out of his hidey-hole beside the pathway leading to our room, and watch the people walk by.

    One day Hubby decided to bring him some fruit from the buffet. As soon as he started to peel the banana, the Iguana charged him! Hubby tossed the banana at him and ran in the other direction - it was hilarious! Needless to say, we didn't feed him anymore.

    Iguana, Costa Rica
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Playa Hermosa Tourist Traps

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    by hawk460 Written Jun 6, 2008

    Anytime you see this sign(souvenirs),in and around the playa hermosa-Liberia area your going to PAY!

    Unique Suggestions: Alright,so your in one of these places,,usually they have free coffee samples,try some,if your a coffee person,,,just don't buy.
    Tee shirts abound,,you know about what one costs or worth,,doesn't cost to look.

    There is a lot of wood craft also,,,you have to use your own judgement there,on what there worth.

    And one very important note anything that is marked in USD for the price you will pay too much!!!!!!!

    Fun Alternatives: The whole key to getting a good buy is to go where the LOCALS go or shop!!!!!!!! If, you like coffee,cigarettes or liquor go to a supermercado(supermarket),,,,,,don't worry about having the local currency--they will give change back in colones,if you have USD.

    I think cigarettes were about $1.09 a pack(marlboro lights) maybe a little more.Coffee,there is a great choice on this item,,I think its all good!
    Guaro,about $6.00 USD for a 1000ml,,,,,,,,,this is a real close price on all items mentioned,, Enjoy your shopping!!!!

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Playa Hermosa Off The Beaten Path

  • La Covachita

    This is a little restaurant that was included with of tour of the river,,,,it is located in a town called Ortega,Costa Rica. We,had the chicken dinner with mango juice and a bread type pudding for dessert and a cup of there fine coffee!

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  • Rincon de la Vieja National Park

    This is very off the path, it takes about two hours and you need a 4 WD vehicle to take you here. The access road is 16 miles of dirt road, and if you don't have good shocks in your car, you will feel every bit of this road!! The park is beautiful. We were short on time so we went on the 3k walk where we saw hot springs, a vocancito (mini volcano),...

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