- Playa Pelada
- Playa Guiones
- Playa Garza
- Playa Samara
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 until the last 20 kilometers or so. 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 (Puente de Amistad) 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.
Another option is to fly in to Liberia Airport and then you trip is only a two hour drive. 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 to find the best option.
With so many new developments in Playa Guiones, it is great that Rich Burnam is doing video interviews with locals and special guests to bring together the community. Check out his videos on YouTube.
Nosara may just be the world’s best place to learn to surf
CNN's top 11 places to go in 2014
Nosara is one National Geographic's Top 20 Surf Towns
NY Times names Nosara in Top 45 Places To Go
For up to date news and stories about the Guanacaste coast, especially Nosara, visit La Voz de Guanacaste
These are some of the best restaurants and shops in the area:
Playa Pelada is the beach about 1 km. north, look for the giant lookout tower on the Nosara Beach Hotel. 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 the beachbreak called Playa Guiones. 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.
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