Absolutely great place, great staff, and friendly people! The entire establishment and my room was clean, comfortable, and most importantly, COVID safe. Beautiful views, especially from the roof top yoga studio. Highly recommend for a little R & R, or for fantastic surfing right on beach. You won’t be disappointed!
The Surf Inn Hermosa earns every one of its five stars. I recently had an amazing 9 days there with great amenities, a friendly staff and ideal location. My room was on the ground floor just steps from the beach. The back of the property has a nice lawn and beach chairs for relaxing with lots of palm trees for shade. The vibes on the beach were mui tranquilo. I had a blast and will definitely be returning!!!
The Surf Inn is steps from the most amazing beach I've even seen. Perfect surf waves and warm waters make this an ideal spot for relaxing. Excellent food/music/tropical drinks on the beach. Everyone's so friendly and helpful, I'll definitely go back!
Booked the learn to surf package for a somewhat last-minute mid-winter trip with my wife. Christina was very responsive and replied to my emails within minutes with answers to any questions I had. Met at the airport by our guide and surf instructor for the week, Oscar. Easy drive to the inn from San Jose, about an hour and a half. Upon arrival met Marisol, who showed us to our room. We booked a studio but were upgraded to the ocean-view room on the second floor, which was great. Very large and well furnished. The inn itself is in a perfect location; Hermosa beach has a strip of a few very good beach-side restaurants and bars, and the inn is right on the beachfront. It is not too crowded at all and it seemed like most of the other guests in the area are regulars, so it seemed like everyone knew everyone else for the most part. Very casual and welcoming. Our surf lessons were great. Oscar is a very experienced instructor and guide and got both my wife and I surfing by the end of the week (6 lessons). We went out for 2-3 hours each day, followed by breakfast in town (Jaco, a few minutes up the beach from Hermosa). We'd meet again in the evenings and he took us to several different places for dinner, which we probably wouldn't have found on our own. He spoke perfect English and seemed to know everybody in town. Made us feel right at home. Several other highlights: -Surf competitions on Friday and Saturday, going into the night. Very fun with good size crowds on the beach. -Water is very warm, beaches are large, uncrowded, and clean. -Food and drinks at local places are very good and inexpensive. Several smaller food places within walking distance for lunch or coffee. -Nice lawn area directly in front of the inn for hanging out. -Very, very relaxed atmosphere and everyone is incredibly friendly, including the other guests and all the locals we met. -Hermosa is not touristy at all. Jaco has all the souvenir shops and whatnot but still doesn't feel all that touristy compared to any other place we have been. -Jaco has a wide selection of shopping, food, and drinks. -A couple other local instructors from Jaco beach worked with us during the surf lessons... they were great and really helped my wife do well by the end of the week. -Everywhere we went felt very safe. Never felt that little bit of anxiety like you do in Mexico or some other places. Costa Rica in general is very developed and feels much more welcoming and friendly than most every other destination we have been to in the Caribbean and Mexico. We would have no problem walking around the inn and surrounding area at night. A couple other notes good and bad: -Still need to be careful when eating/drinking. I got food poisoning after the second day, I am thinking from the water (got a glass at lunch without thinking... the cleanliness of most places in general made me a little complacent). Oscar stopped at a very nice supermarket on our drive in and we were able to buy bottled water, probably should have gotten more than we did initially. -If you are going to do the learn to surf package like us, probably a good idea not to overbook other activities or make a lot of plans... it's a very good workout and you'll be pretty exhausted by the end of the week. Better to just hang out on the beach. -The inn/rooms are designed more as rentals than a hotel, with no daily housekeeping other than trash and towels when requested. Our room had a well-equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms, and a large living room. On your way in, best to pick up some basic supplies at the supermarket to make your stay better (some cleaning supplies for dishes, etc). -Lots of local doggies hanging out (and a beach piggy). -The bar/restaurant next door had live music a few nights until about 9-10. Just be aware if you plan on going to sleep that it'll be pretty loud until then.…
This is a beautiful hotel, which feels like a small sanctuary....with waves and sun. Here are some of my personal highlights from a short 4 day trip: - dinner and fireworks on New Years Eve - eating a typical breakfast with new and old friends - swimming on a calm beach in Manuel Antonio National Park - a visit to Los Sueños Resort and Marina - riding on a motorcycle - visiting public beaches: Playa Herradura and Jaco - the local farmers market - and practicing my Spanish with friendly Costa Ricans! The best part for me was walking the beach with my friend for every sunrise and sunset. My trip to Playa Hermosa was refreshing and a great way to start the year!