Every one of Costa Rica’s best beach towns is refreshingly unique. Travelers can choose from party towns, resort communities, bohemian-hippy villages, or… Nosara.
Nosara Beach, Costa Rica, is much more than a beach town. In fact, it is a combination of small beach communities united by a common laid-back vibe and a wellness-inspired way of living.
The Nicoya Peninsula is renowned for its healthy living and the longevity of its residents. So much so that the region is famed as one of the world’s five Blue Zones. A Blue Zone is an area where the combination of lifestyle, nutrition, and strong relationships positively impacts inhabitants.
It is also home to some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches and coastline. Surfing, wildlife, yoga, and wellness retreats are a big part of the region’s personality. Visitors wanting to reconnect with themselves, nature, and like-minded travelers should keep Nosara on the top of their must-visit list.
Getting to Nosara
Nosara is located along the Pacific Coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste Province. The closest international hub is the Daniel Oduber Quiros International (LIR) Airport in Liberia.
From Liberia Airport, it is about a 2.5 hour drive. The roads from Liberia are mostly paved, with a few areas of rough gravel roads around Nosara’s beaches.
It is about a five hour drive from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) near the nation’s capital, San Jose. Many visitors flying into SJO choose to take an in-country flight to Nosara Airport or Tamarindo. From there it’s easy to rent a car in Nosara.
Car Rental in Nosara Beach, Costa Rica
Adobe is the best option for a rental car in Nosara, Costa Rica. We have a full service Adobe office nearby in Tamarindo. The office is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Email: email@example.com or call Toll Free from the U.S. or Canada at 1-855-861-1250.
At Adobe, we like to make the rental process easy. We can arrange to have an Adobe rental car waiting for you at the Nosara or Tamarindo Airport when you land. This service incurs an additional fee but will cut down on logistics significantly. We have a local office, rental car Tamarindo Costa Rica.
Rent a vehicle with Adobe
We recommend renting a 4×4 vehicle for your visit. There are so many beautiful beaches, national parks, and waterfalls in the area to discover. Having the traction and power to handle the occasional rough road or steep mountainside will make your travels easier.
As one of the best car renting companies in Nosara, Adobe puts customer satisfaction first. We promise no hidden fees and offer the best maintained fleet of vehicles on the market. Check out our selection of 4WD car rental in Nosara, Costa Rica.
Many visitors plan to visit multiple destinations during their trip to Costa Rica. Speak with an Abobe agent for the best office to pick up your vehicle. Adobe car rental company has 14 offices across the country. Planning your trip and the best driving route is made easier with Adobe.
Visiting Nosara – what to do
One of the area’s favorite pastimes is enjoying Nosara nature and wildlife. Every year nesting Olive Ridley and leatherback sea turtles arrive to lay their eggs at Playa Ostional.
The impressive event is known locally as the Arribadas (the arrivals). Hundreds of sea turtles come to lay their eggs in Ostional’s warm sands. Scientists, naturalists, and nature lovers also flock to Nosara during the nesting season.
Ostional Wildlife Refuge is the site of the Nosara River Delta and mangrove estuary. Kayaking the estuary waters is a great way to spot birds and wildlife.
There are many wildlife areas in Nosara to explore. Available options to enjoy the outdoors include ATV tours, horseback riding, waterfall hikes, and canopy zipline tours. There’s plenty to do and see for all ages and tastes.
Places to stay in Nosara
Nosara offers a wide range of lodging options for travelers. The area is more upscale than most Costa Rica beach towns. However, hostels and surf camps catering to budget travelers are available.
Beach hotels and a wide variety of boutique hotels are found along the winding road that connects the small beach villages. Many offer yoga and surf classes as well as juice bars and restaurants with healthy eating options.
Surfing in Nosara
The beaches around Nosara are renowned for having the best surfing in Costa Rica. Rumor has it that Nosara has the country’s most consistent waves. And better yet, the coastline boasts the most days of surfable swells per year.
Guiones Beach is the top surf spot in the area. The nearly six-kilometer beach is wide and flat providing extra-long breaks. The conditions are just right for beginners and surf classes. Several surf shops in town and along the coast offer surf lessons.
Surfing in Nosara Beach is preferred by intermediate and expert surfers. The best swells are above a shallow rock reef, which can be dangerous for novices. Playa Nosara borders the Ostional Refuge and is also a good place to see wildlife and take photographs.
Pelada Beach is another popular surf destination in Costa Rica. The break is smaller than at Playas Nosara and Guiones but intense. Playa Pelada is also a nice spot for a picnic or afternoon stroll.
Yoga and wellness
Last but definitely not least on the list of important pastimes in Nosara are yoga and wellness. In fact, thousands of international travelers partake in yoga retreats every year.
There are several retreat centers in Costa Rica, such as Blue Spirit, Bodhi Tree Resort, and Harmony Hotel. Each offers a selection of wellness and spiritual gatherings and services. Many hotels in the area also have yoga classes and meditations as part of their regular guest services.
Likewise, most restaurants and cafes in and around town cater to a clientele looking for healthy alternatives. In addition to traditional and international fare, visitors are sure to find a choice of vegetarian and vegan options.