The 10 Best Things to Do in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

February 24, 2018 Kaleigh Reichenbach

An increasingly upscale village, Playa Hermosa overlooks the Gulf of Papagayo and enjoys a pleasant, tropical climate and family-friendly beaches. Abundant water activities include sport fishing, sailing, scuba diving or snorkeling and leisurely sunset catamaran tours. You and your family will also want to visit the area’s national parks. Try a combination of popular local tours – a full day of horseback riding, swimming and lunch at the Volcan Miravalles National Park or an adventurous Canopy Tour to experience Costa Rica’s ecosystems.Just 10 minutes from Playa Hermosa, the lively village of Coco offers a delightful mix of entertainment and shopping. Bars and discos surround Coco’s central plaza. You might even visit a casino to try your hand at Blackjack or roulette. In Playa Hermosa, stop in for lunch at Laberinto on the beach, and you’ll enjoy an unusual meal at Ginger, an open-air tapas bar on stilts. The wild ginger grows beneath the bar, and the chefs create some very tasty and exotic meals. Try the Upper Deck Sports Bar and Restaurant for a colorful combination of televised sports, cold beer, good food and a pet orphan monkey!
Restaurants in Playa Hermosa

1. Mardigi Tours

Playa Hermosa 5050, Costa Rica
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5 based on 526 reviews

Mardigi Tours

Best Tours at the Best Prices!!!We operate mostly at Ocotal, Coco, Hermosa and Panama Beaches area (Papagayo gulf and Peninsula) Customer Service our specialty!!! 100% Costa Rican Economy!

Reviewed By karavans - League City, Texas

Based on the recommendation of our association, we choose Mardigi for both airport shuttles and tours during our Costa Rica stay. Drivers and guides were prompt, vehicles were new and well maintained, and the service desk at Condovac La Costa was very helpful. Reservations were easy to make by email and telephone. Bilingual guides are very professional and extremely knowledgeable. Tours meet and exceed the website descriptions.

2. Tico Tours Guanacaste

Playa Hermosa 50503, Costa Rica
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5 based on 450 reviews

Tico Tours Guanacaste

Tico Tours Guanacaste is a Licensed and Insured Tour Company. Our Company aims to provide you with an active experience of the real Costa Rica. We will take you off of the beaten path for a one-of-a-kind, matchless experience unlike those of the standard big coach tours. Tico Tours Guanacaste provides first-class personal attention, superior customer service and unique adventures for an unforgettable experience. It's truly our pleasure to share the natural beauty of Costa Rica through a native's perspective, while maintaining the desired of comfort and quality of service that today's travelers expect and deserve. Our company uses air conditioned, up-to-date vehicles with full insurance coverage. Customer satisfaction is our #1 goal! Tico Tours Guanacaste prides itself on individual attention to client. We will do all in our hands to ensure that your time in Costa Rica is truly memorable.

Reviewed By Bruce S

We visited Costa Rica in Jan 2018 and stayed at Casa Conde. We did 4 excursions with Tico: the eco river cruise, rincon de vieja hike, the sunset catamaran and a private bird watching tour. The catamaran turned out to be thru another company and wasn't very good. The owner Bernal knows a lot about the various tours, and was very helpful. Marco was the guide for the riverboat and was excellent: very knowlegable, enthusiastic and fun. He has a degree in agriculture and has a vast amount of info on hand. Hansel was the guide for the volcano hike and did such a great job we got him for a private bird watching tour. He probably knows as much about Costa Rican birds as anyone else on the planet! Overall very professional and pleasant people, good drivers and we always felt safe and in good hands at all times

3. Papagayo Gulf Sport Fishing - North Pacific Tours

The Beach | Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa 50503, Costa Rica
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5 based on 225 reviews

Papagayo Gulf Sport Fishing - North Pacific Tours

Fishing in Costa Rica is a family fun experience – memories to last a lifetime! North Pacific Tours has been providing fishing, snorkeling and Surfing charters for over 10 years in the Papagayo Gulf, picking up at all the local hotels and Beaches in the area. We are a legal and insured fishing company who will never sell charters on any of the Beaches. . Please note, there are TWO Playa Hermosa’s. North Pacific Tours is located in province of Guanacaste, 25 minutes from the Liberia airport Our fishing charters are inshore / coastal fishing which means that you will always see the coastline. Depending on the action will determine what fish you target. The types of fishing options we are are bottom/jigging, trolling and casting. If you like to fly fish and you have your own gear, the crew will take you to best secret spots. North Pacific Tours offers full day fishing (8 hours), Half days (5 hours) and 3/4 day (6 hours). Please book in advance because we book up! Our crew are exceptional fisherman and are professionals. Captain Mauricio, fluent in English, is a fishing addict and you will find him fishing on his day off. Mate and surf guide David, has been fishing/ Surfing these waters for many years as well. Costa Rica is known worldwide as one of the greatest sport fishing/surfing destination plus the weather is great almost all year round. For the intermediate and experienced surfer, trips to Witches Rock and Ollie's are offered with a guide. We look forward to hearing from you.

Reviewed By Cayvisitor - Grand Cayman

We wanted a great, affordable Pacific fishing experience and Captain Mauricio and David went out of their way to make this happen. Four great and sizable fish (with plenty of other bites), a huge amount of wildlife to observe from birds to manta rays and turtles by the dozen (even two caught mating!).
We couldn't have asked for a better end to our trip to Costa Rica. I would definitely recommend this Captain, he is very knowledgeable and engaging - just what you want!

4. BA Divers

Hermosa Beach, Playa Hermosa 60-4400, Costa Rica
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4.5 based on 165 reviews

BA Divers

B.A Divers is a Costa Rican company, dedicated to offer tours and training services in diving area in all the country. We're the first dive company in Costa Rica available to tech Disabled Divers Course(DDI), also we take care of the repair and sale diving equipment. B.A Divers was open since 2007. Our administrative office is located in Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa - Costa Rica. Actually we have 3 Diving Operations available located in Playa Hermosa, Flamingo Beach and Playa Jobo Guanacaste. We provide: . Disabled scuba diving courses • Scuba Diving tours • Diving Courses • Snorkeling Tours • Tours of Bahia • Sunset Tours • International Tours .Surfing tours (Witches Rock, Tamarindo and more). We have over 20 dives sites, with different features to please everyone, including destinations such as: Local Diving - Playa Hermosa: Tortuga (shipwreck)Punta ArgentinaMeros (sunken sailboat)Punta BallenaViradorCabeza de Mono Tiburones Fantasma. Catalinas Islands - Flamingo: La Pared Sombrero Tiburones La Viuda Elefante. Bats Islands: El Gran Susto,Bajo Negro,Los Arcos. The Bat Islands are famous for their Bulls Sharks season, which begins in May and ends in September. We have 7 years of experience in diving area certifying people with diving PADI courses: -Discover Scuba Diver(begginers). -Refresh Courses. -Scuba Diver. -Open Water Diver. -Advanced Open Water Diver. -EFR Cours. -Rescue Diver. -Dive Masters. -Specialty Courses. Our instructors have more than 3.000 dives and they are knowledgeable of all the dive sites nationwide.Currently our staff it's conformed by 11 people bilingual and trained by PADI, to provide a professional and safe service, it is noteworthy that all are people with good manners and they are formal in their work and daily life. We are known for providing personalized service and quality in every aspect, we work with equipment from top brands such as AQUALUNG. Our boats are specially designed for aquatic activities feature Yamaha 300 hp engine, roof and a maximum capacitance for 12 divers with 2 guides, first aid kit, oxygen, life preserver , communication equipment and music for the convenience of our customers.

Reviewed By krispca - Vancouver, Canada

We did two trips with these guys back in December 2016. The first one was at Monkey Head island and another spot nearby. The guides did a great job, the boat and equipment were all good. Ultimately the conditions weren't very good so the dives were good, not great, but you can't account for that.
Second day we went for the slightly more expensive trip to one of the little Islands (I forget what it's called, but it's one of the popular ones) that was a little disappointing. Again, all the controllable stuff was excellent, the conditions just weren't good in that area and while we did see things, it was nothing amazing.
THEN divemaster asked - since conditions were bad - if it was okay if we did the dive at a different location then the island we had requested. All of us said yes and learned to ALWAYS trust the locals on this sort of thing. The second dive was AMAZING, I'm afraid I don't remember what it was called, but there were three giant (3.5 foot) sea turtles, octopus, rays, moray eels...basically everything you could want to see (except sharks).
Overall we were very very happy with BA Divers. We will be back at a better time of year for diving and will go back to them first. I think our divemaster's name was Kadir and he was excellent (and I was extremely jealous of his incredible hair).

5. Playa Hermosa

#7 Monte Bello, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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4.5 based on 765 reviews

Playa Hermosa

We offer educational, due diligence tours of the Guanacaste area for people who are considering relocating to Costa Rica.

Reviewed By Kelleygirl2 - Sarasota, Florida

I can't say enough about how beautiful and laid back this place is. My 40 something daughters (not teens, can't find a family button!) and I spent several days here on the beach, watching fishermen come and go with their catches, taking a sailboat to go snorkeling, walking the beach to go birding, Reading under the palms and enjoying the local wildlife like the white throated magpie jay, variegated squirrels, black ctenosaur (iguana), green iguana, magnificent frigatebird, spotted sandpiper, whimbrel, great-tailed grackle, streak-backed oriole and so much more! And there are howler mantled monkeys in the trees here!!!!
One of the things I wanted to experience in Costa Rica was the howl of these amazing howler monkeys, loudest in the world, save for the blue whale. They howled at 5:30am and around 5:30pm but only for a short time. I slept through the first morning then made my daughter get me up so I could photograph them.
I don't understand the comment about good Surfing. This is a quiet cove, and I never saw much more than a little swell. I couldn't have picked a better beach to stay at, with beautiful scenery, friendly people and so much wildlife, for us it was a win win!

6. Bill Beard's Costa Rica

331 Calle 472, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, | Bosque del Mar All Suite Beach Resort, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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5 based on 54 reviews

Bill Beard's Costa Rica

Bill Beard's Costa Rica has been operating scuba diving and adventure tours in Costa Rica since 1970. We assemble packages with or without international & domestic air for diving, fishing, Surfing, soft, moderate & extreme adventure tours, transportation and accommodations throughout the country for individuals, families, groups and honeymoon couples.

Reviewed By Tiffany V

We did the zip line tour and it was fabulous! We had a motley crew with various skill sets and ages and our guides were amazing! We had an older gentleman in our group and they were so kind and patient with him. They made our adventure fun and non-stressful. We will be sure to recommend the zip lining to everyone!!!

7. Plus Papagayo Tours and Transfers

Playa Hermosa 50503, Costa Rica
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4 based on 201 reviews

Plus Papagayo Tours and Transfers

Plus Papagayo Tours and Transfers was founded with the goal of providing all tour packages in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Central America, we specialize in tour guides to Nicaragua we are pioneers in this colonial tour to Nicaragua.

Reviewed By Shashikant B - Germantown, Maryland

We took Plus Papagayo tour for Nicaragua day tour. The tour was well organized with nice spots including visit to live volcano as well as Granada city tour.
The breakfast they provided is excellent where as the lunch restaurant is not that good and the time for restaurant was little late ( around 2:00 pm) so if you have medical condition make sure to keep some snacks/fruits with you.
The return time is close to 9:30 to 10:00 PM and they do not stop for dinner nor it is provided so make arrangements for this in proper manner.
Overall the tour cost about $150+ per person which includes breakfast, lunch, transport and guide. The time spent at the border is too much. In Nicaragua they do accept US dollar so no need to make exchanges

8. Twisted Lure Charters

Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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5 based on 11 reviews

Twisted Lure Charters

Twisted Lure Charters is a fishing charter that provides pure, Costa Rican fishing. The Captain and his crew are local, experienced and will work hard to make sure you have a memorable fishing adventure.

Reviewed By Craig V - The Woodlands, Texas

My wife and I are avid fishermen and couldn't wait to catch a Rooster Fish in Costa Rica. We researched several outfits and were sold on Twisted Lure Charters after talking with the owner. Captain Fabian is a Playa Hermosa native and knows his stuff. He put us on the fish and we caught several throughout the day. The pinnacle was when my wife and I both hooked up on 2 - 100+lb Rooster Fish at the same time! What a thrill! We've already booked our next trip!

9. El Coco Tours

Playa Hermosa 50503, Costa Rica
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5 based on 9 reviews

El Coco Tours

El Coco Tours. Experience Paradise A great way to visit all the attraction around the Guanacaste area such as National parks, Volcanos, rivers on a brand new van with professional tour guides. El Coco Tours is a here to make your dream vacation in Costa Rica a reality. We offer luxury transportation to and from the airport, as well as to specific destinations in and around the Peninsula Papagayo area. In addition to transportation, we are a full service tourism company offering everything you need for a memorable vacation. Our services include: a variety of vacation home rentals to suit your specific needs and style, the best tour options to top tourist destinations in the country, and top of the line transportation to anywhere you need to go here in Costa Rica. At El Coco Tours, we pride ourselves in our professional, knowledgeable, and bilingual staff and tour guides. We value our personalized service to our customers, and will guide you through every step of planning your unique v

Reviewed By Nome B

El CoCo Tours has fantastic tours available. We went on a action packed day tour of zip lining, repelling, rock climbing, horse back ridding and white water tubing all before lunch! We also had a fun river tour with lots of wild animals to see. We had an amazing time and really enjoyed the private van and driver which is a must for getting around Costa Rica. Very worth every penny!! Lots of fun memories and we planing to go back next year!

10. Beach's Massage

Frente de Hotel Bosque del Mar, en la playa, Playa Hermosa 5019, Costa Rica +506 8615 1611
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Beach's Massage

My name is Josefina Loria Solis and I am a massage therapist, trained at the School of Massage Therapies in San Jose, Costa Rica. I offer deep-tissue, full-body oil massage therapy right on the beach. I have a background in sports and chiropractic massage, and, while I do not offer formal chiropractic treatment, I can offer healing or athletic massages to safely and pleasantly address your body's needs. Melt away your stress as you listen to the sound of the waves of Playa Hermosa. I offer draping, but also recommend that you wear a swimsuit, as the massage is offered outdoors in a peaceful corner of the public beach in front of Hotel Bosque del Mar.

Reviewed By Anne M - Montreal, Canada

We were stopped on the beach one morning while on a stroll with the kids by Vanessa, one of the masseuses. She was very sweet and professional, and told us that, should we be interested, they are stationed at the north end of the beach...MoreSorry, I think you've made a mistake but there's no problem, my name is Josefina and it was a pleasure to have you attended!

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