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high tide at playa hermosa on a beautiful sunny day

Playa Hermosa

Hermosa Beach

Located at 5 minutes from Uvita, you will discover this stunning beach just outside the National Park, which means: “entirely free access” !

This 3 miles long amazing sandy beach remains completely untouched: no building around and almost nobody except on very specific occasions (like the holiday season). Enjoy a stroll along the seashore to soak up the wilderness and maybe spot some scarlet macaws in the almond trees!

Perfect for surfing at mid-tide to high tide and, jogging, or just relaxing at low tide. There can be a few local stands by the entrance (depending on the season), for coconut water (“pipa”), surfboard rentals, or snacks and clothing.

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

Good to Know

Swimming
Better at low tide. Always be careful with rip currents and stay close to the lifeguard tower.
Surfing
Yes. For beginners to intermediate level.
Equipment
A couple of local stalls for snacks and drinks. One (rustic) shower.
Fee
None.

Access

Head North on the Costanera for about 5 minutes from Uvita center. The main entrance will be pretty obvious from the road with a red contener marked with a white cross in the middle of the parking lot. There is also a secondary access to the northend of the beach called “Achiote”. This part is next to a river (that you will need to cross to park your car at the beach). It’s usually more rocky but it feels more private if not during peak season and it’s a nice place to spot some monkeys in the early mornings.

Word of safety. Do not leave any valuables in your car.