Our 9 Most Instagramable Spots: Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

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Meaning “beautiful beach” in Spanish, Playa Hermosa certainly lives up to its name. The area boasts incredible surf breaks, stunning sunsets and is surrounded by breathtaking national parks. Wellness travelers including those seeking fitness bootcamps and yoga retreats will find the close connection to nature they seek in this destination as it is well-known for its high environmental standards.

Here are some of our favorite spots in Playa Hermosa guaranteed to make your Instagram feed envy inducing.


1. Under Blue Skies

While Costa Rica’s mountainous regions see far more rain, the beaches of the Western coastline have 80% of their days filled with sunshine.

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2. On an equine adventure

These gentle beauties can make for a magical adventure trotting through the surf.

3. In a tidal pool

At low-tide, tide pools appear teeming with life and just waiting for you to take a calming dip.

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4. During early AM paddle out

One of Costa Rica Central Pacific Coast’s most popular destinations for surfing, the waves here are among the most consistent with a variety of available breaks.

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5. With Pura Vida!

Roughly translated as “pure life”, but  in Costa Rica, ¡Pura vida! is more than just a saying—it is a way of life. See also: Jamaica’s  “No worries mon!”

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6. On a swing

Nothing quite like a beachside swing to bring out your inner kid!

7. On a log

Because Playa Hermosa is largely kept in its natural state, you’ll find large pieces driftwood occasionally dotting the shoreline. A perfect spot for a group shot.

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8. At sunset

Playa Hermosa’s Western-facing orientation makes for some spectacular sunsets as the descending rays bounce off the glittering surf.

9. At nightly bonfire

Once the sun sinks below the horizon, a number of local establishments set the beach alight with their evening bonfires. The perfect spot to snuggle up with a sweetheart.