Wave Type - Beachbreak w/peaks
Bottom - Sand
Swell Window - South to Northwest
Tide - Mid to High
Wind - Northeast
Playa Hermosa is actually a stretch of several miles of beach with peaks in many places but there are several specific spots that people generally surf. It is a beachbreak that juts out into the Pacific that pretty much guarantees constant swell. Waves are consistently head high or bigger.
Hermosa can dish out perfect waves with nice barrels, but it can also be difficult finding those waves. It will also give you big closeouts if the swell direction is not just right.
You can surf anywhere along the beach but the main spots are:
* Terrazas - Named for the Terraza Hotel at the spot. Waves here break both right and left and can get very crowded. There are a couple of indicator rocks that boil up at when the tide is lower that give a good take off location. This spot works best a couple hours before a hide tide. Low tide is closeout shorebreak.
* Cabinas - This a spot that is right in front of the Cabinas that line the beach.
* The Gate - Coming from Jaco, turn right after the Cabinas Las Olas onto the dirt road. Years ago there was a gate into a pasture where surfers would give local kids things like surf stickers or old surf mags to watch their cars.* The Tree or El Almendro - Down the dirt road a little, past the gate, and there will be a huge tree on the right, usually with cars parked under it. This used to be in the pasture. It breaks best from head high to double overhead and closes out when it is bigger or at low tide. Best tide is mid to high tide.
* Tulin Rivermouth - Past the tree a little will be Tulin. It is a rivermouth that breaks very powerful and is usually bigger than the rest of Hermosa.
Find the Hermosa surf report at: