Just 25 minutes from the Daniel Oduber International is the wonderful beach town of Playa Hermosa – the closest beach town to an international airport in all of Costa Rica! This beautiful town is a quiet bedroom community offering a high quality lifestyle with a great mix of North Americans, Europeans and Costa Ricans. Beautiful luxury homes, second homes and condos as well as full time residences are situated on the hills surrounding Hermosa. Offering a wonderful year round climate, this tropical oasis is a great place for retirement, vacation or investment with homes and condos starting in the low $200,000 range and going up to some of the most expensive homes in Costa Rica. Impeccable views can be enjoyed from the high hills surrounding the horseshoe bay where your neighbors are birds and monkeys. The ocean views are comparable to those in Southern California without the price! Costa Rica has been compared to Hawaii of the 1950’s so the opportunities are here!
Playa Hermosa was a sleepy little fishing village with local farmers using the flatlands and hillsides for grazing cattle, growing maize and other vegetables for many, many years. The local families were self sustaining, relying on the sea for fish and the fertile land for their food. The road to Playa Hermosa was little more than a dirt trail in dry season and muddy path in the green season. In the mid 1980s things began to change as tour guide books and travelers began to visit this unique beach area and word spread like wildfire extolling this beautiful tranquil beach. Soon more and more visitors came to enjoy the beautiful beach and perfect Guanacaste weather. The El Velero Hotel, Playa Hermosa Inn, Villa del Sueno were built by entrepreneurs from Canada and the US seeking to provide North American standard hotels for the incoming tourists. Still Hermosa remained a quiet little tourist area, then in 2004 the boom began with the opening of the International Airport. The nearby Four Seasons Hotel, Hacienda Pinilla and Reserva Conchal Resorts collectively convinced the major airlines to open flights to Liberia, guaranteeing the seats would be sold. They were correct, as soon there were 50 flights a week from the USA and Canada landing in Liberia. With the influx of tourists and investors, the real estate boom began. Developers began buying up the hillsides and building beautiful ocean view lot developments. With these lots came the multi million dollar homes that today dot the hillsides. Development was almost out of control for a few years but the world wide recession soon brought development under a more sustainable growth. Today Playa Hermosa continues to grow. The community is a nice mix of Costa Ricans along with North Americans and Europeans. Even with these changes, Playa Hermosa still retains its quaint fishing village feel and laid back Pura Vida atmosphere.
Nearby Attractions and Activities
The beach itself is tremendous with beautiful tan to cream colored sand with no riptides or undercurrents. This great swimming beach is safe for children of all ages! Plus when the waves are up, it is a fun yet safe boogey boarding beach similar to a huge wave pool!! Sport fishing, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking and diving are just some of the activities offered along with all the regular beach fun. And every spot on the beach enjoys a perfect view of the famous Monkey Head Rock. Many of the homes and condos in the area are within walking distance of the beach, a great plus for those wanting to vacation without renting or owning a vehicle.
Playa Hermosa is in the midst of some great future projects. The community is bordered on the south side by the Steve Case Cacique Project, which will see an Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf tennis center along with a One and Only Hotel, Miravalles Spa, golf course, equestrian center and many other amenities. Mr. Case has stated he is committed to completing this huge project while minimizing the environmental impact – lots of natural green area with state of the art environmental conservation programs. There is also an RCI timeshare - Villas Sol Hermosa, so you can trade your week and come check it out. To the north is Playa Panama which will be home to the new Westin Hotel, Grand Occidental, Hilton and many more on the way. There are many positive changes for this beautiful area.
This little piece of heaven offers great hotels, bars and restaurants as well - Ginger, Villa del Sueño, The Upper Deck Sports Bar, La Finisterra, El Velero Hotel and the Bosque Del Mar Hotel. There is a spa, movie theatre, and miniature golf as well as some of the best pizza around. The Super Luperon, the local grocery story, will fulfill most of your shopping needs. For more choice in shopping and restaurants, Playas del Coco, just 10 kilometers away, is the main shopping hub for the area - it offers great shopping with four supermarkets including the Auto Mercado which is equivalent to the best supermarkets in the US or Canada. Another great plus for the entire area is the construction of the new CIMA Hospital just 15 minutes from Playa Hermosa. This first class private hospital will offer the best in medical services for all local residents plus the hospital will play a big part in the burgeoning medical tourism business.
Getting there and away
As previously mentioned, Playa Hermosa has the distinction of being the closest beach to an International Airport in all of Costa Rica! A considerable bragging point! Just 25 minutes from the airport, visitors can land, go through Customs and be on the beach enjoying a cool beverage within 1.5 hours, possibly in less time if everything clicksJ Taxi and shuttle buses are abundant at the airport for each and every arrival as well the rental car agencies are very close by, book online and they will meet you upon arrival. There are more than 50 flights per week to the International Airport from cities in the US and Canada plus major European Centers during the high season. Check with your local travel agent and be sure to specify the Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste, as there are numerous Playa Hermosas throughout Costa Rica. But there is only one this close to the airport coupled with all the attributes our Playa Hermosa has to offer!
All in all, Playa Hermosa offers many great attributes to those looking for their “Piece of Paradise”! PURA VIDA!