Our first ten days in Costa Rica were fairly packed with activity — from spending time with lots of family to zip lining to snorkeling to seeing lots of creatures in the wild. So we were due for a little break. We got just that in Playa Hermosa.
This was our first stop on the Nicoya Peninsula in northeastern Costa Rica. We’ll probably spend a couple weeks exploring the peninsula, which is chock full of beaches, surf spots, and a laid back tourist scene.
We made a three-day stop in Playa Hermosa. It’s a quiet place with a lovely curve of a beach between jungled headlands. Not a lot to do here, but we caught up on reading, caught up on sun, and had a couple exceptionally good meals. From here we’ll head down the coast a bit to the more lively surfer town of Tamarindo, where we look forward to spending Thanksgiving with some of our old neighbors and friends from Cambridge.
Enjoying a stunning seafood lunch beachside at La Casita de Marisco, the little house of seafood
The extremely fresh tuna sashimi at La Casita de Marisco
The view from our table at La Casita
Our last night in Playa Hermosa we enjoyed a private feast at Mario’s Cuisine, the home of chef Mario and his wife and hostess Ericka. These incredibly interesting people served up a stunning meal. Here is Mario’s mahi mahi with blackberry sauce, fried smoked cheese, chayote with butter and herbs, and carrots in honey.
We rarely have dessert, but we indulged on Mario’s homemade vanilla gelato