A few minutes off the Costanera Sur highway that runs along Costa Rica’s Central pacific coast, just a few minutes north of Jaco Beach, you will find Playa Herradura (Horseshoe Beach) which is truly a hidden gem. With its quite aqua-green waters, against a backdrop of lush green rolling hilltops, this beach hides many hidden treasures. Palm trees line the horse-shoe shaped bay, and the calm waters and refreshing breezes in off the ocean give the place a laidback tropical dreamlike atmosphere.
In recent years Playa Herradura has been slowly turning into a hotspot destination for tourists because of the areas many recreational activities as well the famous Los Suenos Resort and Marin is located at north end of the bay.
Los Sueños Marina
Before the Los Sueños Marina and Resort was built, Playa Herradura was a sleepy beach village that attracted a handful of locals. Now the Los Sueños Marina has transformed this region into Costa Rica’s #1 destination for people looking for a 5 Star luxury resort.
Sprawling at 1100 acres, this incredible vacation resort and residential community that offers a 200 wet slip marina, 600 acre rainforest reserve, 18-hole world class championship golf course, multiple pools, an amazing club house area, the Marriott Hotel and a spectacular array of condo and home residences.
World Class Sportfishing
Costa Rica’s waters out of Los Suenos are teeming with big game fish; dorado averaging 40 pounds, yellowfin tuna that can reach 300 pounds and one of the largest concentrations of big Pacific Billfish found in Latin America. As one of the most prolific billfish fisheries on the planet, hitting 20 to 30 billfish in a single day is common. As Costa Rica’s most famous marina, Los Suenos fishing charters offer a full range of fishing adventure to choose from on budget to luxury sportfishing vessels.
Swimmers Can Enjoy Poolside Los Suenos or the Beach in Herradura
If you are looking to cool off, Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort has an amazing an extensive pool complex that includes giant pools, multiple canals, bridges, islands and swim-up bars, But if you are looking for some beach time Herradura Beach is right next door to Los Suenos. The beach here is truly beautiful, with green-blue calm waters, palm trees and lots of restaurants and bars lining the beach to enjoy.
Spear Fishing in Playa Herradura
While there are large number activities that you can participate in Playa Herradura, such as zip/canopy tours, catamaran coastal trips, sportfishing (of course), horseback and ATV tours, just to name few, a little know tour available is spear fishing along the small island outcrops at the southern end of the bay. The waters this area offer many in-shore fish to hunt, such as large, Cubera, Makarel, Barracuda, Red Snapper, and even pelagic fish such as Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna that wonder in-shore to take advantage of these feeding grounds.
Playa Herradura Shopping
Shopping in Playa Herradura has really picked up in recent years especially for those looking for a unique piece of art or designer clothing with a Costa Rican flavor. Other items such as traditional pottery, and aboriginal masks are also abundant.
If you are seeking a quiet beachfront town with amazing activities and stunning beauty or just a quiet place to relax, Playa Herradura is a great place to discover. And if you are sportfishing enthusiast then you definitely will find what you are looking for right out of Costa Rica’s #1 fishing marina at Los Suenos.
Dan Ross, DR Sportfishing Costa Rica
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