Let’s explore Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste!

Papagayo Golden Palms Beachfront Hotel is located in the Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica’s premier beach destination with the best beaches in Guanacaste and, we may dare say, the country.   This bay area of pristine water, cool sea breezes, protected forests, and beautiful clear-sanded beaches is perfect for some amazing vacations in Costa Rica.

One of these beaches is Playa Hermosa, just around the headland from Papagayo Golden Palms so let’s explore Playa Hermosa Guanacaste if you would like to do some beach-hopping during your stay.

From Papagayo Golden Palms Hotel, you can visit a variety of beautiful Guanacaste beaches whether you are driving or if you would like to charter a boat to explore the inlets, secluded beaches, and coves that make the Gulf of Papagayo so attractive.  Whether you are on family vacations in Costa Rica or on a romantic getaway, the range of places to visit will make your vacations unforgettable.

While Panama Beach is just steps from your Papagayo Golden Palms suite, for a change of scenery and with it being just around the bend, why not take a day trip to Playa Hermosa to enjoy this pretty beach that boasts a number of good restaurants.  Try some local food after a leisurely time on the beach or a swim in the peaceful, refreshing water.  Then, return to Playa Panama which has managed to remain off the beaten track and embraces the beauty of tranquility.

Where is Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste?

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste, which actually means Beautiful Beach, is located in northern Guanacaste, on the Pacific Ocean coast of Costa Rica.   It is located in a cove and is backed by a mountain that is dotted with luxury rental homes.  The locals and these visitors enjoy Playa Hermosa and its calm, inviting waters.

Playa Hermosa sits between Papagayo Golden Palm´s, Playa Panama to the north and the Playas del Coco to the south. From Papagayo Golden Palms, it is a quick 10-minute drive that will take you over the headland and down into the beach area.  It sits in front of the Papagayo Peninsula across the gulf.

Activities in Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa has a small town, restaurants, and hotel developments that attract visitors to the beach.   It is much less developed and busy than Playa El Coco but offers visitors some great beach activities. Let’s see what you can do during your visit to Playa Hermosa.


On the far northern rocky point of the beach, you will find some fantastic snorkeling spots.  While snorkeling around the rocks, at a safe distance, the undersea world opens up to you.  Clarity permitting, you will have the opportunity to see coral, sponges, schools of tropical fish, and eels just to name a few.


Thanks to their calm waters, Playa Hermosa, just as Playa Panama, is a great beach for taking a swim. Its pool-like conditions mean that you can have a great time in the water while enjoying the views onto the light-sand beach and the trees that offer its shade or out into the big blue ocean.

Take a beach walk

Playa Hermosa is about 1.2 miles long so a walk after lunch or when the sun goes down is always a treat.  There are lots of fig and palm trees to take a break from the sun too.

After lots of delicious meals at the Papagayo Golden Palms restaurant, a good brisk walk along the beach is perfect to feel lighter again and ready for that amazing dinner later on.

Watch a sunset

As Playa Hermosa is located south of Playa Panama and around the bend, it looks towards the tip of the Papagayo Peninsula. There you can catch a beautiful sunset as it looks right out into the ocean beyond the Peninsula.  This way you can enjoy the sunset from a different perspective during your stay at Papagayo Golden Palms and we all love a stunning sunset when possible.

Banana Boat Ride

As Playa Hermosa is lined with hotels and resorts, there are lots of water and beach rental stands promoting their products and services. With kayak and SUP available at the Papagayo Golden Palms, renting these is not necessary at Playa Hermosa.

What may catch your attention is the Banana Boat Ride that offers a different aquatic experience without a doubt.  This is a quick adrenaline-rich activity that is always fun for those looking for a thrill.

Whale Watching

During part of the year, it is common to see the majestic humpback whales arriving at the warm, tropical waters of Costa Rica, a true favorite for these aquatic globetrotters.  As they migrate down to the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica to breed and give birth to their calves, you could well see them as they pass by Playa Hermosa and other best beaches of Guanacaste.

These gentle giants can be seen from many points down the Nicoya Peninsula and sometimes can be spotted in the Gulf of Papagayo so don’t be surprised if you see them as you are having a walk along the best beaches in Costa Rica including Playa Hermosa and Playa Panama.

Papagayo Golden Palm loves to share the beautiful places that you can visit during your stay and Playa Hermosa is one of them. If you can bring yourself to leave the sparkling pool or the serenity and “far from the madding crowds” of Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa is a good alternative.

Just a few minutes away, Playa Hermosa is busier and more developed but is a great way to see another of the Gulf of Papagayo´s fantastic beaches and feel a faster vibe.   The calm and sense of seclusion of Playa Panama will be all the more appreciated upon your return.  Let’s confirm those vacation dates at Papagayo Golden Palm Beachfront Hotel!

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