Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Playa Hermosa (Jaco, Costa Rica)
This is technically from our 2nd day in Costa Rica, although much of the time we spent the fist afternoon there was waiting in line at the airport for customs, then the shuttle to the rental car place, then to get our rental SUV (you totally need to rent an SUV when you are in CR!! We learned that on our 2nd trip there and made sure to do it on this third trip!)
This beach is just across the road from the house we rented, but the beach access road is down a little bit.
Just so you are aware, when we went to Costa Rica this time we totally thought we were booking a place in the Guanacaste Playa Hermosa. THIS IS NOT THAT! When we were mapping everything out, we found out this Playa Hermosa is by Jaco. Eeeek! So, we spent more time in the suv driving to get here than we thought we would. Our getting to the beach would not happen our first day there. We decided to go ahead with this rental because it did take us to a different part of Costa Rica we had not been to before and this would give us new things to see, but it also meant I had to re-plan what sort of sight seeing and tours we were going to do. It all worked out. Although, once we got there and I looked at another map of CR, there is a THIRD PLAYA HERMOSA that is further south than this one. Jeez, so glad that wasn't the one we booked because I would have had to eat my 50% deposit on the house rental.
So, about this beach. This beach is a black sand beach, which is not something we have seen before. The back sand is from crushed volcanic rock. The black sand gets very hot, so you need to go early in the morning or wait until the evening. It is really too hot to walk on during the peak of the day.
Seeing that we did not get to go to the ocean on the very first day we were in CR, the kids could not wait to go and were up, dressed, eaten and ready to go at 7:30am, which was a perfect time. The sand was not too hot yet, but by the time we left at 9:30 we had to run across the dry sand to get to our parked vehicle. It was crazy hot on our feet as we are not used to hot sand like that at all. So, all the daytime pictures featured here are from 7:30-9:30am, and then we came back in the afternoon from 3:30-6pm when it wasn't going to be crazy hot on the sand.
This beach is considered a surfing beach, like Jaco Beach that I told you about where they took surfing lessons on. The tide was going out when we got there in the morning, so it was a good time to get the kids used to the waves and practice "body boarding" (we just had out small boogie boards with us at the time to use to come in the waves on, but rented body boards for a couple days later in the trip.) The evening was when there was bigger waves. The REALLY like playing in the waves and body boarding; it's not something they usually get to do in Minnesota. :)
Because this beach was so close, we spent most of our time there, but I will also tell you later on about the other beaches we were at like Playa Blanca-Punta Leona, Playa Bejuco, Jaco Beach and the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park.
A sneak peak of my Wordless Wednesday post to come up on Save Green Being Green in a month.