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For more info on Nosara, check out : www.nicoya.com.
Also Ross Cruden from CFLsurf.com has written a great travel guide for the area.
Here's a sample of the waves and lifestyle of Playa Guiones and Nosara, filmed by Graham Swindell from Nosara Shack
To drive there over land from the airport it takes from 4.5 to 5 hours, most all of it on a paved road. You take the Highway towards Liberia and follow it about an hour past the Puntarenas interchange, where you start driving north. Look for the Tempisque Bridge signs and make a left at the gas station. Then drive the speed limit (either 80 kph or 60 kph), as there are a lot of cops in this area giving speeding tickets until about 10 kilometers past the bridge. From the bridge follow signs to Nicoya, another 30 km, and then on to Nosara. It is best to get to Nosara during the day, since at night the last section can be tricky and once you arrive in Playa Guiones you most likely will be looking for signs to your hotel, house rental, or surf camp. Of course the quickest way is arrive is to fly from San Jose to Nosara on either Sansa or Nature Air, and then arrange a taxi for the final 10 minute ride. (Remember these airlines don't take boards over 7 feet) Send us a reservation request
What is so great about Nosara? Read these reviews from three trusted sources, put together by Mauricio at Nosara Shuttles.
The break in Nosara was called Olga's since you can see it breaking from the restaurant. It needs a big swell to work with a lot of West in it. The left goes for about 150 meters and it is rarely crowded, since it does not break that often. There is also a right that breaks only at high tide over a rock shelf.
Nosara is the town just inland and to the north of this beachbreak, called Playa Guiones. Playa Pelada is the beach about 1 km. north, look for the giant lookout tower on the Nosara Beach Hotel. The beach is beginner friendly on the inside, but when it is on, can be double to triple overhead on the outside. It gets deep here and the bottom is sand so it is easy to get under the big ones. Best size is waist high peelers for longboarders to double overhead barrels for shortboards. Only the biggest sets close out and rides can go for 200 meters to the beach. The crowds seem to be worst between January and March, and in July. But this only on the main peak, and there are empty peaks up and down the coast. Best tide is mid to high tide.
Playa Garza is never crowded because there never seems to be a wave here. But at high tide there is a spot right on the dot that works when it is chest high or bigger. The rumor is that the north and south ends of the bay will fire when the swell is two feet overhead. It is about a 1/2 km. paddle out and it is guessed that low to mid tide works best.
Playa Samara is a great place for beginner surfers. The waves are small and break gently, with the swell mostly blocked by offshore rocks. At higher tide is best for the beachbreak, offering decent longboard waves when there is any swell. Waves form at the edges of the bay during lower tides, but the 1/2 km. paddle keeps most everyone away. It also needs a lot of south swell to break.
Description: There is no fixed start and finish the surf school program, so you are free to arrange your trip to fit your schedule. We offer packages that include a variety of options - from local airport shuttle service or private charter flights, to your choice of lodging, meals, and multiple types of activities, such as massages, yoga, and horseback riding. Standard Packages are based on a 7day/7night stay with your choice of accommodations. There are 3 packages to choose from; Tortuga, Iguana or Zancudo. If your stay in Nosara will be for more than or less than 7 days or if you have multiple people in your party; then a custom package is perfect for you. Get completely pampered on their vacations with the ultimate vacation package called the Luxury "Pura Vida" Package.
Description: Buena Vista vacation rentals are located at the beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica on a secluded ridge overlooking Playas Guiones, Pelada and Ostional. Surrounded by pristine parklands, the serenity and beauty of this mountaintop retreat is inspirational... yet is only a few minutes from beaches, restaurants, shopping, airport and other conveniences. Casa Buena Vista offers 2 large bedrooms with 2 private baths, a big kitchen and living area separating the bedrooms, air conditioning, and a full length patio/deck area with a splash pool. The villas each sleep up to 4 persons. They offer private bathrooms and mini kitchens and a breakfast bar with stools overlooking the mountains. Privacy doors connect to an adjoining villa so friends and families can stay together yet still have privacy. Board and bike rentals also available.
AFFORDABLE LONG TERM RENTALS NOW AVAILABLE! We want surfers to stay with us for the entire surf season!
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Description: Tucked away in the astounding beauty of the jungle, just footsteps to the sand and one of the world’s most beautiful and uncrowded beaches, Harbor Reef is the essence of “pura vida,” surpassing anything you can imagine in a vacation al paraiso; at a surprisingly reasonable price. The peninsula’s first dedicated surfing resort, Harbor Reef remains the premier choice for those seeking what the Natural Geographic Adventurer declared one of the world’s Top 20 surf locations. The surf of Playa Guiones offers a challenge for the seasoned and opportunity for the beginner. And between the early morning and late afternoon sets, take advantage of attractions ranging from the rush of a canopy-top zip line to a lazy kayak paddle up the Nosara River. You’ll discover something new about yourself. Harbor Reef Surf Resort has it all, featuring a pool-side restaurant renowned for local fare from farm and sea, a roof-top smoothie bar and full concierge service to take you to remarkable local attractions.
Owned and operated by a local Tico, Juan Surfo, El Punto Surf Shop offers a wide variety of boards to rent, private or group surf lessons, and house plus cabina rentals. If you want to be treated like a local, after a few days of being around the shop you will get to know everyone in town and feel at home. On the website you can also order Surfo apparel to send your friends back home.
They offer a variety of services including surf lessons, board rentals, surf camp and travel packages. They also have a huge selection of clothing, swimsuits and beach supplies. Sign up for Coconut Harry’s Costa Rica surf school program and you can learn to surf with the best local ISA Certified surf coaches in Nosara.
The main location is on the main road from Nosara to Playa Guiones, just before the last Guiones turn off for the beach. They now have a second location for surfboard rentals and lessons just steps from the beach, next to the Beach Dog Cafe.
Iguana Exeditions has expanded it's fleet of kayaks with brand new Stand Up Paddle Boards (sup's). Come with us to explore Bahia Garza, South Playa Guiones and the Rio Nosara on sup's and experience the fastest growing water sport in the world. Transportation and all equipment included.
The swell has been consistent, and only occasionally too big, but the wind has been tricky for the last few days while the rainy season transition struggles to hang on.
The tides are moving toward mid-day now so the surf could be blown out by the time the tides get right. Watch the weather reports and get ready to enjoy Playa Grande at its best during late November and early February.
If you want to help protect the turtles and don’t come by motor boat to Grande and avoid the motor boat tours in the estuary to conserve the salt water forest in the park.
Bring insect repellant, sun screen, and rain gear - a girlfriend/boyfriend wouldn’t hurt.
Take the ferry boat to Tamarindo and avoid the toothy wildlife.
Very fun SW swell came across Tamarindo, 2-3ft waves within the incoming tides, it's been glassy morning sessions, with a switch from South after 11am staying on shore just before the sunset, so we all could get another fun session. Weather still normal for a transitional month, some clouds and refreshing showers passing by every other day, but its mostly sunny and the crowd on the water enjoy both.
Avellanas has been fun, this swell reactivate Little Hawaii and the river mouth, great spots with up to 4-5ft waves on the best days. Crowd remain on the sand bars and weather was similar to Tamarindo.
Pacific Smile Holistic Dental Care invites all to celebrate its website relaunching within the New Moon, 2 unique events held in special locations as it is Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas and La Senda:
Couples Healing & Meditation
November 16th @CaLaLuna 5:30pm to 8pm. Romantic dinner by reservation US$ 30 per person. Info. 2653 43 54/ iNBOX @Pacific Smile
Date to remember November the 18th.
A unique NEW MOON evening with 3 Soundtherapists at La Senda. walking the Labyrinth to the second energy vortex where we will enjoy a #CacaoCeremony and a "concert/meditation"
FEE $45 - Get Tickets and info
We are opening this new season with the Surf All Day guided tours, for intermediate and advanced surfers who prioritize their vacation and time in the water, we know where to take you, full packages or single day adventures available. Inquire more information