Home of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in 2009, Playa Hermosa is the perfect destination in the Central Pacific for all those people that live, breath and eat surf! Waves here make sure that surfers experience powerful, fast, hollow rides and they are normally short, measuring under 50 meters although they have been known to reach up to 200 meters. Swell direction is from the north west, west or south west and the wind comes from the south east, east or north east. Waves can reach over fifteen feet in height and it is best to surf here on a mid tide.
If you are planning a vacation to surf until you won’t feel your harms Playa Hermosa is the place to visit, you’ll find waves for the average surfer and spots that only the experts should dare to ride. Right in front of your hotel, Terrazas del Pacifico, and only a few steps from your room you’ll have the famous rocky right point, which is exactly the same spot surfed by the world’s best in 2009. The currents are strong and getting in the water without your surfboard isn’t recommended. During the weekends is common to find locally organized surfing competitions, some might even be disputed at night since Playa Hermosa is one of the few beaches in the Pacific coast that can be illuminated.
Only a few hours drive from the Airport and 10 minutes away from Jaco, you’ll have plenty of options for family activities or hardcore partying. As in all our vacation packages a comfortable 4×4 is included in the price so you’ll have the freedom of visiting the other nearby famous surf breaks at Jaco, Esterillos, Playa Agujas, Herradura and Escondida. The Manuel Antonio National Park is an hour away and it is highly recommended you take a daily trip to visit one of the most famous Natural Parks in the country.
Playa Hermosa Vacation Itinerary
– Day 1 to 8: Upon your arrival in Costa Rica you will go airport to the Car Rental office where you’ll receive your prepaid 4×4. The basic mandatory insurance is included in the price, here you’ll have the option of purchasing additional insurance coverage or any other service offered (GPS, Mobile Phone Rental, Cooler, etc).
Get your surfboard in the car and drive to the Central Pacific! The ride is around 2 hours and getting there is really simple. After you pass Jaco the first hotel you’ll see is Terrazas del Pacifico, where you can spend the next 8 days. Get settled in your room and take a few steps to start surfing one of the best breaks in Costa Rica.
In Playa Hermosa you’ll have plenty of waves to surf during the entire week, but don’t waste the chance of visiting the other nearby surf breaks, check out the famous Crocodile Tours, take an adrenaline packed ride flying through the trees in the Canopy Tour or simply take a guided walk immerse in the Carara and/or Manuel Antonio Natural Parks.
– Day 8: Since you’ll have to drive back from the Central Pacific to the airport in your last day we highly recommend booking the latest flight available. Remember it is approximately a 2 hours drive back to the Car Rental office, they’ll need an additional 45 minutes to complete all the paper work and take you to the terminal, plus you should be at the airline check in at least 2 hours before your flight leaves the country.
Hotel Terrazas del Pacifico Playa Hermosa
Terrazas del Pacifico is located in one of the most consistent breaks in Costa Rica and of the World. Playa Hermosa in the Central Pacific offers waves all year round. The hotel offers the most pleasant tropical environment characterized by the nature that surrounds the hotel, the sunshine and the majestic sunsets, seductive summer nights, decor, exquisite cuisine and the warmth of the “Pura Vida” spirit.
Every room offers:
• Two full size beds
• Air Condition
• Cable TV
• Private bath with hot water
• Safety Box
• Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
The Arenas Restaurant, has a legendary view of the spectacular Pacific Surf and beach, it takes advantage of the tropical breeze and offers a one of a kind dining experience, offering delicious national as well as international cuisine. The restaurant also offers a full line of Cocktails, liquor, wine and many varieties of cold beer to help you enjoy the magnificent view.