What is Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Costa Rica

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Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 102

What is Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Costa Rica?

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa is part of a group of beaches known as the Papagayo; Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Panama and Ocotal. Located just 20 minutes from the Liberia International Airport (LIR) it is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach on the Pacifico Coast. After all, Playa Hermosa means, BEAUTIFUL BEACH in Spanish, and it definitely lives up to its name.  When I first came to Costa Rica in the year 2000, I spent a month traveling this entire country. I saw literally, every single beach community on the Pacifico coast. When I landed in Playa Hermosa, I knew I needed to look no further. It was everything I had imagined and more. I had this vision of Jimmy Buffett, in a hammock, with a cocktail in my hand, watching the sunset, and this was the perfect spot to fulfill that dream. Most of the beaches in Costa Rica are wild, surfing beaches, with huge waves and strong undertow. It is very dangerous to go in the water, as the currents can be violent and aggressive. Not Playa Hermosa. Frommer’s travel guide ranks it as one of the best swimming beaches in the country making it a great place for families and older retirees as well.  You don’t have to worry about a rogue wave, slamming you to the sand, face planting you down and then sucking you back out to sea. Small children frolic in the surf, with no concerns for their safety.

Is there Uber in Costa Rica?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Politics, Costa Rica Service Providers, Vacation in Costa Rica

Is there Uber in Costa Rica?

Uber in Costa Rica

Back in early 2016, Uber arrived in Costa Rica. There were huge protests from the taxi drivers and even some violence against some of the Uber drivers. Since then, it has calmed down, but there is still a lot of resistance from the taxi community. Here is what I have found.

Uber ONLY exists in San Jose, not at the beaches, so if you are visiting Guanacaste, it won’t make a difference. Use the local red taxis. They are everywhere, very safe, very friendly and very reasonable. For two dollars you can get around town.

A few of my clients and friends have tried Uber in the city. They have all said the same thing. The drivers are not very safe, most of the cars are not in very good shape, and the majority of them really have no idea how to navigate through and around the city. San Jose is a very complicated city to drive in. There are no street signs, many one way avenues, and some “not so very nice” parts of town. The old taxi drivers know the short cuts. They know how to cut through back roads and neighborhoods and how to avoid the massive traffic jams that clog the city.

When I go to San Jose, I still ONLY use the taxis.

My advice: don’t use Uber. 

If you are going to drive around the country, the best GPS app to use is WAZE. Everyone uses it here, so all the main locations are already plugged into the app and easy to find. Most car rental companies will also rent you a GPS for a very reasonable fee, just ask.

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