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“Beautiful beach for surfing and R&R” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Playa Hermosa Beach Hotel

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Playa Hermosa Beach Hotel
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60 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach for surfing and R&R”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

Great place to stay for a few days to learn surfing or just to get away. This is the only hotel on the beach and is a popular location for day trips/surf lessons; there will be lots of surfers during the day but the beach really quiets down after 4pm. Perfect if coming with a group of friends as it can get a bit boring at nights when everyone leaves. Excellent wifi connectivity.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Howth, Ireland
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129 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

We stayed there four nights before crossing the border to Guanacaste in Costa Rica. Playa Hermosa is a few klms out of SJDS but that is a good thing as you are away from tourist traps and rows of bars and restaurants. It is a private beach from what I could gather with access restricted to hotel guests and those coming for the daily surf lessons. We loved our stay. Truly beautiful, safe and long beach. You are a bit isolated from the real world but that is what we wanted - and they do not take advantage of this and charge exorbitant prices for food and drink. Everything was good value. They saved some baby turtles also while we were there - and waited patiently until they were strong enough to venture into the sea and then we all went and watched these tiny turtles venture out to open sea for the first time.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

Ok first of all the spot where playa is situated is gorgeous. Its the only hotel on the beach. All the staff are people from the community and they are all amazing and really nice. There is surf right in front for every level. They give free transport from san juan, and you can do excursion. The only restaurant where you can eat is the one from the hotel, but that's really not a problem cuz the food is amazing and really cheap, you can have lobster for 9 Us. At night you have the beach to yourself. But i got to warn the room is clean and you have a toilet and a shower, but its a bit like camping, there is some bug, you have a net over your bed thet block most of the bug but some still pass, dont forget insect reppelant. We had a great time there but we got to fight with the bug ;)

Dominiaue

Room Tip: Take the room number 5 got a great balcon and an amazing view
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Doumdd
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Miami, Florida
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

Although we didn't stay at this hotel, we did spend most of the day enjoying the quiet, secluded beach. Being low season, we ended up sharing the beach with only a handful of other vacationers. It felt as though we had the entire place to ourselves. It was great, the water was warm and the sand was soft. After walking along the beach and enjoying the large waves we decided to sit back and relax in the hammocks while sipping on a cold beer. Playa Hermosa is worth the taxi ride from San Juan del Sur.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

It is worth taking the shuttle or a cab to reach this beach, it is less famous than others in the area and then so much more peacefull! Entrance fee to the beach is free if you overnight if I remember wel, and the hostal shuttle also gives you a better price if you spend the night. Sea view rooms are simple but so much worth it for its vieuw right on the beach. Friendly staff, good cocktails and some happy hours which is even better:-) Food is available though you might not notice, so ask for it becasue the seafood is the best one I have in the country!! I recommend it:-)

Room Tip: Book in advance! especially if you want a private sea view room (only 2 available I think)
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sophie D
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Boulder, Colorado
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70 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

Although I didn't stay here over night I did spend the day enjoying the services and beach. While I was there ruffly February 15th 2013 or so, the water was FREEZING!!!!
Not only that the wind was really out of control, so it made surfing not so much fun. Besides that.... the beach was nice and clean, quiet, and very few people around.
I must note the beach has some of the smallest and softest grains of sand I've ever felt.

Room Tip: As far as food and service, if I was to return I would pack a lunch, drinks and food are beach price...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Onemindspinning
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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

I discovered this treasure while checking good surf spots, its really good and close to the costa rica border.

Beach is wonderful - food is good, though not much for veggies like me .

Internet is very fast (for central america) and stable - worked a few hours, then surf :)

very recommended - if you come from costa rica, take Ticabus to Rivas, get down there and pay $10 for a taxi, 30 mins they leave you in San Juan del sur and they pick you up there and take you to the hotel, don't drive if you don't have a 4wd, the road is crazy!

Room Tip: Dorms are great, lots of space, lockers and vents. There is also mosquito nets for the winter time...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mrbarletta
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Additional Information about Playa Hermosa Beach Hotel

Property: Playa Hermosa Beach Hotel
Address: Camino Ostional 6.6KM al Sur de SJDS, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This hotel is part of the Playa Hermosa Surf Camp. 3km of gorgeous private beach is your front yard. 4 rooms with 5 beds each and 4 x doubles upstairs. Surf, horseback ride on the beach, or just relax on the beach where Survivor Nicaragua was filmed... ... more   less 
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