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.
Defined by its worries-by-the-wayside attitude and shorelines untainted by commercialism, Nosara is a small town famous for its yoga and surf.
Many people know it as "No shoes, no shirt, Nosara," which aptly sums things up. Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Guanacaste region, the traditional village of Nosara sits six kilometers inland, although the beaches attract the biggest draw.
For decades, Nosara has been protected by the national park system, in addition to the longstanding efforts of local citizens to ensure that this unspoiled forest and beach destination remains as such.
Thanks to local restrictions that only allow small-scale developments, this skyline is dominated by gorgeous sunsets that drift ceaselessly into the ocean.
Nosara has three different beaches: Playa Guiones, Playa Nosara and Playa Pelada. It goes without saying, but sunsets are a must.
Playa Guiones: As the main beach of Nosara, Playa Guiones is a six-kilometer stretch of sparkling white sand. It runs southbound from Punta Pelada to Punta Guiones.
This shore is considered a hotspot for surfers, packed with long left and right breakers and consistent swells.
At low tide, beginners can try out their luck, but during strong swells and higher tides, this spot is best left for intermediate to experienced surfers. Between January and March, the crowds can grow pretty intense, but the length of the beach offers more isolated niches to relax and hit the waves in.
Playa Nosara: Playa Nosara is the least crowded of all Nosara's beaches. Characterized by its peaks and shallow rock reef lefts, Playa Nosara is a great beach break where you can catch some excellent barrels during strong southwesterly and southern swells. This long, dark beach runs from the Ostional Wildlife Refuge to Punta Nosara, all the way to the Boca Nosara river mouth. Playa Nosara is ideal for intermediate to experienced surfers.
Playa Pelada: Located between Playa Guiones and Playa Nosara, Playa Pelada is a quiet shell-strewn beach with a rocky reef on the north side. The waves here aren't as consistent as Nosara's two other breaks, but when the surf is good, it can get pretty crowded. Be sure to check out the blow hole in the rocks here you can take a natural shower. Sheltered by an offshore reef, swimming is a popular option here.
As far as surfing goes, conditions at Playa Pelada offer inconsistent barrels, best during northern swells at incoming high tides. If you're looking for some serious shredding, head to either Guiones or Nosara.
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