Located on the Pacific Coast in Guanacaste province, this sophisticated yet serene, unspoiled corner of Costa Rica offers travelers a hidden paradise of pristine beaches and hundreds of acres of protected forest. This beach area, famous for surf and yoga, has enjoyed both the protection of the national park system, as well as the decades-old efforts of the local citizen’s association that keep the beaches immaculate and ensures the protection of the forest, combined with small-scale development.


General Info


The Nosara area is composed of three beaches: the long and surf-able Playa Guiones to the south; the serene and swimmable Playa Pelada in the middle; and the deserted, dark-sand Playa Nosara to the north. Just five miles north of Nosara is a fourth beach: Playa Ostional. This beach attracts hundreds of thousands of nesting Olive Ridley sea turtles.

Getting to Playa Nosara is actually quite difficult, as there are no paved roads. The best way to reach Nosara beach is to take a domestic flight from San Jose or Liberia to Nosara Airport, and then rent a four-wheel drive or car. The 162-mile journey from San Jose to Nosara takes from four to five hours, depending on traffic and road conditions.

Guiones Beach Nosara Costa Rica Surf

Internet, post office, banks, and gas stations are among the facilities in Nosara. There is also a clinic and dentist’s office in Guiones, plus two pharmacies in the area. La Cruz Roja (Red Cross) offers ambulance and emergency services.  

The Nosara restaurant scene is small, but full of variety. Italian, Mexican, American and Costa Rican restaurants and bakeries can be enjoyed right in town. From snapper to mahi-mahi, eateries serve up only the freshest, most succulent locally-caught fish. Many sandwich shops cater to the health-conscious surfers and yogis, offering organically-grown fare.


Eco Adventure


The Nosara Biological Reserve is home to over 270 species of birds, including motmots, herons, manakins, waders and toucans. All paths are clearly marked and named after features of the park. Animals including coatis, monkeys, raccoons, armadillos, snakes and anteaters are common.

The Ostional Wildlife Refuge protects marine turtle species, such as the Olive Ridley (Lora) at Playa Ostional. Every three to four weeks the turtles arrive for about a week on the darkest nights following a new moon. The peak season is from May to November during the new moon. However, on any given night throughout the year you can still see turtles in small groups. The giant leatherback turtles, as well as the rare and endangered green turtle also nest here, but in much smaller numbers.

Ostional Beach Costa Rica Turtle Nesting


Things to do


Nosara is legendary as one of the first surfer paradises to have emerged in Costa Rica.

Most surfers visiting Nosara head straight for Playa Guiones, which has one of the most consistent waves in Costa Rica, as it catches both north and south swells and has surf-able waves over 300 days a year.

The break at Guiones is sometimes called a "beginner" or "longboard" wave, but don't let that description fool you. True, it is a sandy bottom beach break, and when the waves are small it can be the perfect spot to learn, but when bigger swells come in, waves here can be quite big and powerful.

Turtle Tours at nearby Playa Ostional, just five miles north of Nosara, provide an absolutely unforgettable experience.

Canopy Tours, ATV Adventures, Bird and Wildlife Watching, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Snorkeling and relaxing Yoga are some activities to enjoy.


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