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Playa Hermosa

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A natural and lonely beach at Nicaragua's Pacific coast

Playa Hermosa, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

The beach Playa Hermosa is one of the Southern beaches of San Juan del Sur at the Pacific coast. A 12 kilometer long dirt road leads from San Juan to the beach, where you need to pay $3 entrance fee as the area is a private property. The long, white sand beach stretches about 3 kilometers and you can enjoy a beautiful vista towards Costa Rica. It is the perfect place to relax on an untouched beach and to feel like Robinson Crusoe. Maybe this is the reason, why the American TV series “Survivor: Nicaragua” was partly filmed on Playa Hermosa in 2010.


Among surfers, Playa Hermosa is still a well kept secret. Even though it is becoming a more popular spot to spend some vacation days, you can yet catch some unrivaled waves. You will have good waves daily and you can choose between five to seven peaks along the beach, depending on the swell direction. For beginners and learners the inside sections are perfect. The outside sections are fun with perfect left and right breaks to ride for intermediate and advanced surfers. There is a surf school directly at the beach, offering classes for beginners and a board rental service.


The whole beach is owned and maintained by the Playa Hermosa Beach Hotel. They offer everything needed for a great day for all the beach guests. This includes bathrooms with freshwater showers and a restaurants for food and cold drinks. Apart from surfing, you can just relax in one of the hammocks in the shade and observe the beachside while listening to the waves. You can spot some monkeys in the trees and butterflies flying around or you can search for crabs along the beach. You may even find a turtle in the early morning or late night. The hotel also offers sea turtle tours or you can explore the surroundings on a horseback riding tour.


How to get there

Most surf schools in San Juan del Sur offer shuttles to Playa Hermosa, which will cost $10 for a return ticket.