high tide at playa hermosa on a beautiful sunny day

Playa Hermosa

Hermosa Beach

Located just 5 minutes from Uvita you’ll be pleased to discover this stunning beach. Since it lies just outside the National Park, access is entirely free!

This 3-mile long sandy beach remains completely untouched: there are no buildings around and very few people (except during the holiday season and over the weekend during the dry season). Enjoy a stroll along the seashore to soak up the wilderness and maybe spot some scarlet macaws in the almond trees!

This beach is perfect for surfing at mid-tide to high tide as well as jogging or just relaxing at low tide. There are sometimes a few local stands by the entrance (depending on the season) selling coconut water (“pipa”), snacks, and clothing, and renting surfboards.

Swimming is possible here, but beware of the rip currents in the area. If in doubt, ask the lifeguards.

Good to Know

Better at low tide. Always be careful with rip currents and stay close to the lifeguard tower.
Great for beginners to intermediate level.
A couple of local stalls for snacks and drinks. One (rustic) shower.


Head north on the Costanera for about 5 minutes from the center of Uvita. The main entrance is quite easy to spot; you’ll see a red container marked with a white cross in the middle of the parking lot. There is also a secondary access at the north end of the beach called “Achiote.” This part of the beach is next to a river (that you will need to cross to park your car at the beach). While the terrain is rockier, this area feels more private (especially outside of peak season). If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some monkeys in the early mornings.

We would like to remind you to always be careful with your car. Keep it locked and do not leave any valuables inside.