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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: Surf Vacations for surfers of all levels and abilities. The beginner surfer / student will join their Costa Rica Surf Camps. Surf camp guests enjoy hands on surf instruction while learning the proper surfing techniques necessary to consistently catch fun waves. They will have you riding waves your first day. Intermediate to advanced surfers looking to surf Costa Rica's best surf breaks will join their Guided Surf Tours. For surfers that already have the basics down, but are still looking for surf instruction, the Performance Surf Coaching is a great option.
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.
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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.
Fun waves for long boards in Tamarindo's sand bards, 2ft consistent sets with up to 3/4 waves every 7-9 minutes, a nice S/SW combo with enough seconds to ride it long and clean to the shore, light off shore winds until early afternoon, then some days switching, some other days just stays off shore all day. Fairly crowded inside, it is Costa Rica summer vacations and that bonds with the families that visit Tamarindo from all over the world.
Avellanas been more exposed to the swell direction, did activated the river mouth within the low tide in the mornings, 3-4ft solid but not so consistent sets, thankful the crowd is friendly to talk and share good stories, other wise it felt like 20 minutes among sets; within the high tide the sand bars had something to give and plenty of people jumped in later on the day.
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