Nosara Costa Rica

Nosara's beach town of Guiones is a tucked-away delight with lucrative real estate, vibrant flora, and a world-class white sand beach. The town, which has a sizeable population of ex-pats, presents no shortage of accommodations. Many of these accommodations are private, luxurious, and immersed in natural beauty.

Nosara Costa Rica Best Things to Do

Agua Tibia Surf Lessons, Costa Rica
Agua Tibia Surf LessonsNosara

Learn from local Costa Ricans how to surf at Playa Guiones, one of the best beaches in Guanacaste for beginner surfers. Surfing is probably easier than you think, especially when you have a seasoned professional to help you get the timing just right.

Surf Lessons
Ocean Kayak and Snorkel Isla Chora, Costa Rica
Ocean Kayak and Snorkel Isla ChoraSamara

Enjoy an ocean kayak paddle to Isla Chora for some snorkeling and beach relaxation off the coast of Sámara in the Nicoya Peninsula region.

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Area Guide

North American retirees have effectively made Guiones a small extension of the U.S.- although with good taste. Lacking a centralized town, the area is spread out, and it provides a very relaxed setting. Here, visitors will find a quiet and secluded community in which to enjoy Nosara's natural surroundings.

Guiones beach is considered to be one of the country's better surfing destinations, both for beginners and advanced surfers. However, surfers are not the only visitors who enjoy this beach. It is also a great spot for swimming and taking in the sun.

Real estate in Guiones has skyrocketed in the last decade, and there are relatively few budget hotels in the area. Although there are a variety of options, the accommodations generally favor travelers in search of luxury. North of Guiones, the actual town of Nosara, as well as its airport, is located a few miles away from the beach. This town is a bit run down and doesn't offer much in terms of accommodations or other tourism services.

As for traveling to Nosara and Guiones, the 22-mile (35 km) road from Nicoya is plagued with potholes and lacks proper signage. Visitors commuting to Nosara should consider a four-wheel drive vehicle, particularly during the rainy season. Alternatively, buses leave daily from Nicoya, and it takes about 2.5 hours to complete the journey. There is also a daily bus that leaves from San Jose. Flights to Nosara are offered from San Jose and Liberia. (After Nosara, these planes continue south to Samara.)

Feedback From Travelers

We loved the Beach Dog Cafe, Burgers and Beer, 10pies was yummy and so friendly, Rosi's Soda was delicious! We did yoga at Studio Guiones and it was fantastic, as well as at the Bodhi Tree resort which was beautiful. We also visited the Sibu Sanctuary which was educational and fun


Very clean and beautiful beaches, but spread out so that walking to some restaurants was not easy/possible, especially at night. You would definitely want to rent a four wheeler/golf cart to get around. We couldn't explore much but would definitely go back. Perfect swells for beginner surfers!

- KAROL C, NOV 2016

This was our second time in Nosara. It has grown a lot in the past 3 years! (There are way too many Americans there!) We had a great time, but it is not the quaint little place it was a few years ago. No one speaks Spanish there! We wanted to continue working on our Spanish, but no one would let us because they all spoke English so well! The beach, the food, the monkeys the people, all wonderful!