Destination guide

Pacific dreams come true in Playa Herradura

Home to the 5-star Los Suenos marina, Playa Herradura lures a constant stream of sunseekers and luxury yachts. With jungle-clad mountains on one side and turquoise water on the other, the Costa Rican port town is a Pacific dream come true. It's fringed by a black sandy beach and a sprinkling of luxury condos and boutique resorts. You can tee off at world-class golf courses, explore Carara National Park or simply relax and savor the sea breeze. Sound like your idea of paradise? From stylish condos to family-sized apartments, Playa Herradura vacation rentals unlock access to this enchanting slice of Costa Rica.

Things to do

Golf getaways in Playa Herradura

Set next to a lush rainforest reserve, La Iguana Golf Course is one of Costa Rica's most-coveted places to tee off. It's part of the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort and treats players to knockout sea views. Planning a golf getaway? Why not stay local with Playa Herradura condos inside the resort? You'll enjoy spacious living rooms, exclusive access to the Beach Club and sweeping fairway views. Craving adventure? Located just out of town, Vista Los Suenos Rainforest Tours has a thrilling zipline course that will have you flying through the canopy.


Hit the beach in Playa Herradura

Most people come to Playa Herradura to rest, relax and soak up the Costa Rican sunshine. While you'll find plenty of sun loungers dotting the beach, there's nothing quite like cooling off in a sparkling freshwater pool. Complete with lush gardens and sweeping sea views, Playa Herradura vacation rentals promise a luxe experience. Playa Herradura is famous for its sport fishing so why not cast a line? Charter trips unlock access to hidden spots where you could reel in trophy-sized dorado, yellowfin tuna and Pacific sailfish.


Tropical winters in Playa Herradura

Winter is high season in Costa Rica, with crowds peaking from December through April. You'll enjoy clear skies, low humidity and bearable heat. Like to swap winter cold snaps for a tropical sea breeze? Playa Herradura vacation rentals are just the ticket. Thanks to its family-friendly resorts, Playa Herradura is always busy during US school vacations. If you don't mind the occasional afternoon downpour, consider visiting in summer. This is a sweet spot for wildlife watchers, as Costa Rica's rainforests explode in a sea of emerald green foliage.

Natural features

Take a rainforest tour in Playa Herradura

Perched on Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast, Playa Herradura is a small beach town around 6-kilometers north of Jaco. In Spanish, "Herradura" means horseshoe, which is a nod to its crescent-shaped beach. Drive 30 minutes up the coast and you'll hit Carara National Park, one of Costa Rica's signature green spaces. Rainforest tours offer a unique opportunity to spot the park's famous crocodiles basking in the Tarcoles River. You could also see exotic birds like toucans and macaws.

Where to stay around Playa Herradura?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,009 vacation rentals near Playa Herradura. From 351 Houses to 75 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Playa Herradura for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Playa Herradura?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Playa Herradura. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Jaco: 1,133 vacation rentals
  • North America: 596,087 vacation rentals
  • Jaco Beach: 1,010 vacation rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 976 vacation rentals
  • San José Province: 2,585 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Playa Herradura! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Playa Herradura?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Playa Herradura:

  • Jaco: 1,133 rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 976 rentals
  • San José Province: 2,585 rentals
  • Tarcoles: 1,048 rentals
  • Parrita: 285 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Playa Herradura?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Playa Herradura. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Park: 1,138 rentals
  • Tortuga Island: 465 rentals
  • Canopy Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park: 1,134 rentals
  • Esterillos Beach: 1,150 rentals
  • Carara Biological Reserve: 1,133 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Playa Herradura listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.