Nosara

Nosara

Nosara is our favourite beach area in Costa Rica. Its combination of superb beaches, laid back atmosphere is hard to beat and its unique offering of world class surf, yoga, food, coffee and craft beer is the cream on the cake. It is more laid back and family friendly than Santa Teresa and more independent and less built up than Tamarindo.

Although commonly referred to as Nosara, from a traveller's perspective, we are actually referring to the beach settlements of Playa Guiones (the surf beach) and Playa Pelada (the swimming and sunset restaurant beach). Nosara itself is a small town a couple of miles inland. Playa Guiones is the ideal location for beginner and intermediate surfers, with miles of golden sands lapped by a consistent clean 3-5ft waves. Surf hire and lessons are easy to arrange.

If you don't fancy surfing, then you can have fun just renting a body-board and messing around in the white water. Nosara has miles of mountain biking trails and is also recognised as Costa Rica's premiere yoga location. The Bodhi Tree is renowned for its yoga classes which are available daily and open to anyone to sign up to.

It is well worth hiring a car in Nosara to be able to get around easily and explore some of the other beaches and waterfalls in the area. Just 20 minutes drive up the Coast from Nosara lies one of Costa Rica's premiere sites to observe turtles. In rainy season around every new moon, hundreds of thousands of turtles return to the black sands of Ostional Beach to nest. The best months are September and October, but good sightings are possible from May through to August as well.

Eating out is fantastic fun in Nosara with half a dozen good restaurants, each with a buzzing atmosphere. We recommend 10 Pies (pizzas and swing chairs), Burgers & Beer (craft beer and burgers), El Chivo Cantina (tex mex & live music), La Luna (beachfront fine dining & sunsets) and Beach Dog Cafe (live music, tacos and cocktails).

There is an excellent range of accommodation of a very good standard. Our favourite is the recently renovated Gilded Iguana, with a bright and airy design, lovely pool area and an incredibly well stocked in-house surf school and mountain bike centre. For those with less of an interest in surf, we can recommend Lagarta Lodge, which is set high in a private reserve with stunning Pacific Ocean views and the best sunsets in town.

The Nosara area does have fairly warm temperatures year-round, with March usually the warmest month of the year. The rainy season lasts from May to November. Although afternoon rain is frequent in July and August, the mornings are mostly hot an sunny and the afternoon rain tends to pass quickly. September that tends to be the wettest - and therefore the quietest - month.


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Two week self-drive Costa Rica family holiday covering all the highlights including Tortugeuro, Arenal, Monteverde Rain Forest, Nosara Beach and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Tailor-made Classic 15 days

Adults from $2,673 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,928 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

2 week adventure including surfing in Nosara, rafting Pacuare River and tubing and canyoning at Rio Perdido. Classic rainforest and beachside accommodation.

Tailor-made Luxury 2 weeks

Adults from $2,889 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,417 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Superb value self drive Costa Rica holiday designed for those on a tight budget with comfortable 3* accommodation. Includes Tortugeuro NP, Arenal Volcano and the Pacific Coast beaches.

Tailor-made Classic 10 days

Adults from $1,697 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $0 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,062 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $0 per person economy class from London

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- Top beachside surfing destination
- Laid back atmosphere
- Surf school, yoga
- Mountain biking centre

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8/10

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- High-end Boutique Hotel
- Surfing, hiking, kayaking, zip lining
- 2 infinity pools, spa, yoga classes
- Costa Rica's best sunsets

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8/10

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- Upmarket hotel with chilled-out feel
- Direct beach access, yoga, wellbeing spa
- Surfing for all experience levels
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  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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