Hidden from public view behind high walls and a large fortress-style wooden door, intimate Casa Mia (formerly Casa Pura Vida) is one of the best places to stay in Playa Hermosa. Elegant and secluded, the two-story, Spanish-style building has seven rooms and one apartment with a kitchen, ocean view, and private balcony. Ground-floor rooms open onto a patio with a small green-tile pool and lounge area. The beach is just across a bare lawn with a lovely garden terrace ideal for weddings. Perks such as filtered water, a fully equipped communal kitchen, a grill area by the pool, and attentive owners who live on-site make this a homey place to stay.