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Latitude: 9° 34.511' N
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Easy access. Hermosa is about 1 1/2 hour from San Jose. If you are staying in Jaco you can walk (2-3km) or rent a bicycle or hitch a ride: busses are infrequent and random. A taxi ride from Jaco is around $3, I personally wouldn't walk since there is only one road and no sidewalks. You can also rent scooters and other affordable vehicles in Jaco.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Playa Hermosa
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionMid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
This break works best at high tide, with the tree and Tulin better at lower tides. You can surf on any of the peaks in front of the buildings - a neat place with very easy access. Gets hard when the swell builds. However, when the swell is big - try the local reefs and points instead!
There are 2 playa Hermosa in Costa Rica, one is in the North Pacific and the other is in the Central Pacific. The one famous for surfing is in the Central Pacific, next to Jaco.
The better breaks in the area can get crowded, but there are numerous peaks along the beach, so you can find uncrowded surf. (See also "The Tree" and "Tulin")
Super fun spot! I was up there for 10 days and got 10 days of perfect surf. Get out early though, it tended to chop out at about noon.
By Don Quixote , 13-12-2010
Pura Vida - Was here in early December. Hermosa is an awesome little surf block. Close to Jaco Beach, easy to get to. Plenty of spots to stay. Some nicer spots if you search a little. Nice little restaurants. Super friendly vibe. Surf was a little out of my league, but I will return once I improve. Not a lot of spots to rent a board, though you can rent in Jaco down the road (kind of a pain though). Big fan of Hermosa.
By Anonymous , 09-08-2009
weather - will be traveling to costa rica in september. i wonder if anyone could tell me how the weather is like then. it is rainy seson but will it rain all day or typical tropical rain. like rain for periods. anyone?
By Anonymous , 14-06-2009
cheap - Anyone have any advice on cheap places to stay at hermosa or in costa period...im talking super cheap. ill be there in july aug...not to sound like a KOOK but any advice would be really rad. Email me.
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