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Re: learning to sail in costa rica?
Hermosa is completely exposed, as you know, but just north of Jaco is playa Herradura, where Los Suenos is located. Herradura means horseshoe, and it is a good description. There are two rocky points at the tips of the horseshoe, and the inside is a large protected beach with a stable anchorage off the SW island, isla Herradura.
In my opinion its the best anchorage and harbor in central west Costa Rica. It's easy to beach any small boat or dry out a cruising sailboat on low tide to do a bottom job, etc. There's a great supermarket and radio shack and liquor stores just down the street, and there's three restaurants, bathrooms for $50 cents (toilet & shower), and free camping on the beach with shade & trash cans. Can't beat it. There's even two launches to pick you up & deliver you to your anchored boat if you don't want to leave your dinghy ashore.