Playa Hermosa near beautiful Jaco town in Costa Rica - What makes it Surfer's Paradise & Tourist's delight?

Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place.

Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. 


Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place.

As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. 

Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place.

The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. 

Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place.

Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. 

Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place.

On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. 

Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place.

We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. 

Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place.

See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. 

Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place.

We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs.  


Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place.

The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  

Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place.

The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. 

Our half-day trip to Jaco town, facilitated by our tour guide, led us to the beautiful beach known as Playa Hermosa. There are several Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica - for example the one in Guanacaste Province. The one we are talking about is just 5 minutes drive from the popular destination for tourists - Jaco town. As soon as we reached Hermosa beach, we were welcomed by a green iguana, which was almost turquoise in color. This beautiful creature was crawling away from us when we saw it, but then it stopped in its tracks and struck a beautiful pose for us. We felt blessed. In general, I am very scared of lizards, but I found iguanas really beautiful. The green iguanas are one of the most common species of iguanas and we found them everywhere - from Playa Hermosa near Jaco to Irazu Volcano to Papagayo peninsula in Guanacaste. Natively these iguanas are known as chicken of the trees - which I found really funny. Another interesting fact about these Iguanas is that even though they are known as green iguanas, they come in a wide range of colors - from orange to green to turquoise blue. Anyways, coming back to Playa Hermosa, the beach was actually quite striking. We had just come from a crowded Jaco beach and were definitely not prepared for the sight of a very different Playa Hermosa. The most striking aspect of this beach was that it was almost completely deserted. We could see a few surfers at a distance and  a couple of women walking their dogs. Apart from that, there were a few tourists sunning themselves. But one could count all of these people on fingers. On our way to Playa Hermosa, we had discussed that the beach is a surfer's paradise though not too safe for swimming. Good surf and barrel waves lend themselves to a great surfing experience and if not anything else, we were expecting a lot more surfers around. But they were few and far between. It could be because of the bright sun, but in general I don't think surfers are deterred by the sun. May be we were surprised because of the contrast between Jaco beach and Playa Hermosa. We were there during the morning hours and the sun was almost overhead. The photograph above was clicked against the lights and hence has come this way. This is me by the way. I love walking on the beach and dipping my feet in the water. The sand beneath my feet was too hot, so the waves were a welcome relief. See how beautiful the beach looks. Bright blue sky is reflected on a turquoise blue Pacific ocean. White surf crashes against the rocks and beach. The scene looks deceptively tranquil, though the water here is really dangerous for swimming. It is easy to get lured in by the sight. But caution is advised. We didn't go too far, but it seems that on the southern part of Playa Hermosa, there is a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley turtles that come here to breed. The Hermosa refuge was closed for 4 years before it reopened in October 2017. The eggs of Olive Ridley turtles need to be protected because else they are dug up by poachers, who sell these eggs for a high price as these eggs are considered as aphrodisiac. Natural predators too dig up a large number of these eggs. The Olive Ridley turtles are protected in India as well. One hears of them in Goa on the Arabian sea side of the Indian peninsula and also in Orissa, that leads into the turbulent Bay of Bengal. As per the IUCN Red List, these sea turtles are vulnerable. Every year thousands of females find their way from beaches in warm and tropical waters of Pacific and Indian Ocean to the beaches where they lay their eggs in pits. Watching and assisting in helping the hatchlings out of the eggs once they start hatching is truly priceless, or so I have heard. If you happen to be close to these nests and see a hatching begin, do not rush over to help the hatchling. Do that only if a qualified person is around and you are invited by them to do so. These are delicate creatures and need to be handled in a particular way.  The sands of the beach are quite dark and presents a striking contrast with the bright blue sea and white surf. The sand, as I said earlier, can get really warm, so do not leave your footwear behind in your car. Wear them till you reach close to the waves and then remove them. Sand that comes in contact with the ocean every few seconds is much cooler, and you can walk there comfortably. Elsewhere, the sand is hot enough to scald your feet. Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place.

Our friend Green Iguana was waiting for us on the rocks when we came back. Upon seeing us, it scurried away. It is always awkward to run into the same people multiple times through the course of the day. While on the first meeting, you can wave and smile and say hello, there is no set protocol for the subsequent meetings. May be that is why it chose to ignore us. Anyways, Playa Hermosa turned out to be a short yet pleasant excursion for us and if you like doing surfing, you should definitely visit this place. 

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