Living in Playa Hermosa

Last updated on April 25, 2023

Hey, hey, hey! What’s up, my fellow expats? Today I’m coming at you with another destination to add to your must-visit list. I’m talking about Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica… a quaint and peaceful community that’s big on heart and amenities.

Now, don’t be fooled by the small population that fluctuates from the high 100s to the low 1000s – this place is well-developed and has everything you need to live comfortably. Boutique hotels? Check. Bars with live music? Check. International open-air restaurants with ocean views? Check and check!

And who makes up the population of this gem? A mix of expats, Ticos (that’s Costa Rican natives for all you non-Spanish speakers out there), and vacationers. And let me tell you, these guys are tight-knit. They’re all about donating money and volunteering for fundraising efforts to make their community a better place. They’re even creating a new recycling program and working to save the dwindling Howler Monkey population. Now that’s what I call dedication!

The town itself is situated in a valley, but don’t worry – there’s plenty of real estate development in the surrounding hills. And guess what? Playa Hermosa has a movie theater showing first-run movies in English. And a miniature golf course. And a gymnasium. And a pharmacy. And a hair salon. And an ATM. And a grocery store with everything from fresh produce to imported wines. Talk about convenience!

And get this – you don’t even need a car to get around because everything is pretty concentrated. But if you do have a car, you’ll be able to check out nearby restaurants, bars, and big grocery stores in Playas del Coco and Liberia. Plus, you’ll be close to world-class hospitals, banking, attorneys, car dealerships, and even a new Wal-Mart. Who says you have to give up modern conveniences to live in paradise?

And let’s talk about the surrounding areas. Within an hour’s drive, you can visit some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful national parks and tourist attractions. We’re talking Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Palo Verde National Park, and Santa Rosa National Park. And if you’re into wildlife and diverse ecosystems, you’re in luck. You can even check out an active volcano! And if you’re into luxury, the Papagayo Peninsula has some of the swankiest resorts around, like the Four Seasons, Andaz, and the soon-to-be-opened Planet Hollywood.

But let’s not forget the most important thing – the weather. With warm temperatures ranging from the high 80s F to low 90s F by day, and high 70s F to low 80s F at night, you can’t go wrong. Plus, you’ll get plenty of sunshine with only a few stray showers and occasional downpours during the rainiest months from August to October. And the best part? It’s one of the driest places in the country. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head on down to Playa Hermosa, where the sun is always shining and the locals are always welcoming.

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