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Five minutes from the beginner spot Playa Jacó—where I’ve surfed plenty—is Playa Hermosa, where I’ve surfed once (never again). The swells here can be reasonable or massive depending on conditions, and things can change quickly. Still, this beach offers some of the hollow, fast, and powerful waves around, which I now enjoy watching from the sand.  

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Playa Hermosa (near Jacó)

Five minutes from the beginner spot Playa Jacó—where I’ve surfed plenty—is Playa Hermosa, where I’ve surfed once (never again). The swells here can be reasonable or massive depending on conditions, and things can change quickly. Still, this beach offers some of the hollow, fast, and powerful waves around, which I now enjoy watching from the sand.