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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Hermosa

Costa Rica, Pacific South

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 9° 34.511' N
Longitude: 84° 36.394' W

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 Access

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

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WalkInstant access (< 5min)

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Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Playa Hermosa

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

Atmosphere

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")

English (Translate this text in English): 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")

English (Translate this text in English): 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")

English (Translate this text in English): 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")

General

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

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Hermosa
By thebrownwavecatcher
Jan 27, 2009
- Went to surf at the "Tree" in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica at 6:00 AM. The tide was going to low tide, which was at 10:00, so the waves were getting faster and more hollow as closeouts. I stayed out there until I got a descent ride to satisfy
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Hermosa
By JOEMANN
Nov 5, 2007
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Hermosa
By AyampeGuy
Dec 11, 2006
Huge - My Comments: Huge morning swell about double overhead at the TREE, Nobody out and my amigo back at the ranch passed out from a long night at the DISCOTHEQA ! I went back and beat his ass until he got up and we paddled out into what was the best sessi
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Hermosa
By surfindestin
Nov 14, 2006
Wondeful hermosa -
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Hermosa
By surfindestin
Nov 14, 2006
Hermosa 1 -
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Trip: 1st Costa Rica
By surfindestin
From Nov 9, 2006 to Nov 23, 2006

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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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