Video: Playa Herradura, Costa Rica: A Great Weekend Getaway on the Pacific Coast

Just four miles north of the bustling surf and sport fishing town of Jaco on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast is tranquil Playa Herradura. In this video, IL correspondent Jason Holland gives a short overview of the beach, including the picturesque view across the cove and the casual beach bars and restaurants that line the access road – bare feet and swimsuits encouraged.

Set on a small, protected cove, Herradura is perfect for swimming. And you’ll have the place to yourself as there are no crowds. It’s less than two hours away from the international airport outside the capital, San Jose, thanks to the modern “pista,” or highway that was completed a few years ago. Great for weekend getaways for visitors and residents in the Central Valley.

On the north end of the beach, you’ll find Los Suenos Resort and Marina, a luxury residential development, featuring one of the premier marinas in the country. There’s a Marriott on site too. You can just make out some of the dozens of sportfishing boats at the dock as well as some of multimillion dollar yachts that winter here.

But in Playa Herradura you can enjoy the same view for free. And while real estate is hot in this area due to its popularity with expats, homes in Herradura outside the resort are very reasonable. Recent listings include a renovated 2 bedroom home in a gated community for $99,000 and a three-bedroom, 1,800-square-foot town house for $189,000. And the beach is just minutes away.

Enjoy a cold Bavaria Negra ($2) or fruit smoothie (blackberry, papaya, or pineapple – $1.50) and some fish ceviche ($9) or mahi-mahi tacos ($7) with a view of the water.

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