Playa Hermosa is the first beach in Central America to be named a World Surfing Reserve by Save The Waves, a non-profit organisation that protects marine ecosystems.
The beach can be found on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast in Guanacaste and has previously held the ISA World Surf Championship. It’s known for attracting keen surfers who come to experience what are thought to be some of the most consistent waves in the world.
The rich biodiversity and community support in the area also contributed to the organisation awarding the beach its new title.
Gustavo Segura Sancho, Costa Rica’s tourism minister, said: “We are thrilled that our beautiful Playa Hermosa has been added to the prestigious World Surfing Reserve list.”
“With more than 900 miles of coastline and ideal surfing conditions year-round, Costa Rica offers a wealth of surfing opportunities for both novices and experienced surfers,” he added.