108 km (67 miles) W of San José; 9km (6 miles) NW of Playa de Jacó.

If you’re coming from San José, Playa Herradura is the first major beach you’ll hit as you head south on the coastal highway. Playa Herradura is a long stretch of brown sand that is home to the massive Los Sueños Resort, which is anchored by the Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort ★★ as well as a sprawling complex of condos and private homes and its attached marina. North of Herradura you’ll find a few other small beaches and resorts, including the elegant Villa Caletas ★★★.

Playa Herradura is a short distance off the Southern Coastal Highway. Just before you hit the beach, you’ll see the entrance to the Los Sueños resort complex and marina on your right. One dirt road runs parallel to the beach, with a few restaurants and a makeshift line of parking spaces all along its length.