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!
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.
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.)
Beach dog Cafe was the best. Harbor Reef had great food. The staff at Harbor Reef was exceptional. Aqua Tibia Surf Lessons was amazing.. everything about this area was our favorite. Really I would consider a future second home here!
Relaxing and scenic. My adventure portion was over, and I was ready to enjoy some down time. It was perfect.
Absolute paradise. Would come back tomorrow!
Ate most of our meals at Cafe De Paris- they had excellent veggie choices, and were very friendly and willing to modify things for us. They also let the kids swim while we waited for meals, even though we weren't staying there. WE LOVED the beach north of L'Acqua Viva! The tide pools and water spout were amazing- the kids had SO much fun. We tried to walk to the Pink Beach, but were never able to find it after a looooong walk, so ended up having a lovely morning on a very secluded piece of beach. Great waves for the kids to play. If we had another few days in Nosara, we would have tried surfing or paddle boarding, and I would have like to do some yoga classes, but even without these things we had a wonderful relaxing time! We also did not have time to get to the nature preserve, but maybe next time!