Located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, on the Nicoya Peninsula in the Province of Guanacaste: Nosara is surrounded by mountains. The climatic classification is tropical dry forest. In the green season, it is lush, with waterfalls, and abundant rivers.
Nosara’s beaches have been designated a wildlife refuge and are protected from development or deforestation by Costa Rican law.
Playas Guiones, Pelada, Nosara and Ostional form a chain of almost 12 miles of gorgeous unspoiled beaches providing abundant opportunities for exploration & adventure or tranquility & relaxation.
Nosara is a tranquil beach community, ideal for a nature lover's or a surfer's vacation. Hotels and private houses are spread apart and hidden into lush tropical greenery. Nosara hides one of the oldest expat communities of Costa Rica, and travelers are treated to a choice of fine restaurants and hotels, along with spa and health services. The residents of Nosara are committed to preserve their natural environment. Almost half of the land in the area is protected forest where no tree may be logged, and a moratorium on hunting animals stretches back for over 20 years.
Nosara has three different beaches, each with its own distinctive charm and activities. The main beach of Nosara is Playa Guiones, a 6 km expanse of immaculate white sand running in a straight line from Punta Pelada to Punta Guiones in the south. This is the surfer’s beach.
North of Playa Guiones, past a rocky outcrop, is the cosy, picturesque, shell-strewn beach of Playa Pelada. At the northern end of Playa Pelada juts a rocky peninsula and cliffy rock walls. Further south on Pelada, you can bathe in the tide pools at low tide. Watch out for the blowhole in the rocks where you can take a truly natural shower. The spray is at its best during the transition of the tides.
Playa Nosara is a long, dark sand beach that stretches from Playa Ostional to Punta Nosara and the Nosara River mouth, or Boca Nosara. Fishermen and Tico families frequent the Boca Nosara, particularly on weekends. Before it empties into the ocean, the Nosara River forms an estuary backed by lush mangroves, which are filled with birds and other wildlife. The best ways to explore the mangroves and estuary are by kayak, or from the Reserva Biologica Nosara (accessed from the Lagarta Lodge).
Nosara beach itself is most often deserted, with the exception of the occasional fisherman, surfer or Olive Ridley turtle. At low tide, you can easily cross the Nosara River and reach the beach. The views are wonderful, and it is a perfect place to enjoy some alone time.
Six kilometers before reaching the beaches of Nosara you pass through the small fishermen village of Playa Garza. Playa Garza is Nosara's anchor and launching spot for sport fishing and boat trips. Fishing buffs can check for a tour with a local operator in Playa Garza, or just book a tour at your hotel in Nosara.
The village of Nosara is still a small traditional Tico town, which grocery stores, typical restaurants, churches, bars, a disco and a soccer field. Right in the middle of the village is the landing strip for daily flights to and from San José.
Often confusing for visitors is the fact that the actual village of Nosara is 6 kms inland, alongside the Rio Nosara, while most of the hotels are situated on the beach.
Telephone: USA (212) 931-4826 CR: 011-506-2682-0209