Nosara may no longer be undiscovered but it still isn’t overdeveloped or overly touristy. The rough road to get there has prevented it from being overrun…so far! The beach at Nosara known as Playa Guiones has a long break, which it makes a good place to surf for newbies. The town itself is laid back and has a genuine “off the beaten path” feel to it. Once you park your car at the hotel you won’t need it again until you pack up to leave. There are paths connecting all the hotels and restaurants that make for some fun exploring, be sure to bring a flashlight!

Why we love Nosara:

  • Beaches are large and uncrowded.
  • Good variety of fun, walkable restaurants.
  • Laid back, off the grid vibes!

Things to do:

  • first and foremost, Surfing!
  • Long walks and naps on the beach.
  • Tropical drinks by the pool.


  • Beach Dog Cafe: loved the homemade guac chips, Tequila Sun Burn, and a very unique mojito with “special” sugar.
  • 10 Pies: really, really good guacamole, generous portions of tasty fish tacos, and great service
  • La Luna: a cute boutique looking restaurant right on the Playa Pelada, a decent walk down the beach and through the jungle from Playa Guiones. They had A+ thin crust pizzas (we enjoyed the one with bacon) and passion fruit mojitos. Be sure to get there before sunset and watch it sink over the horizon right from your table outside.


  • Harmony Hotel: fun 70s surf vibe, one of the best egg and guacamole wraps we’ve ever had, very good mojitos (actually the best on this CR trip courtesy of Jeffrey), yummy rum punch, juice bar with good sandwiches, free wood surf boards for guests to use, and yoga classes.

Extra Tips:

  • Just relax and enjoy yourself

Check out our other travel reviews for other Costa Rica destination ideas:


Tamarindo Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica