Surfers and eco-adventurers began exploring the area in the 1970’s and discovered empty beaches and perfect waves.
The Nosara ‘American Project’, initiated by developer Alan Hutchinson, served to refocus the region on tourism, and marked the unofficial end to deforestation. However, the damage of thirty years of cattle grazing had stripped the area of native flora and fauna.
In 2009 a group of passionate eco-minded surfers formed Costa Verdes, an ambitious non-profit foundation dedicated to restoring biodiversity in the coastal ecosystems of Guiones beach and beyond. To date they have planted over twenty thousand plants and trees and have created a vibrant, interactive education and action program for local schools, environmental groups, and businesses from Playa Guiones, Nosara and Playa Pelada. Much credit goes to director Gerardo Bolaños for his unwavering dedication and commitment to this year-round effort.
Recently the staff and family members of Olas Verdes Hotel and Safari Surf School participated in a reforestation work day with Costa Verdes, reminding us that sustainability is ultimately the responsibility of each and every one of us. If you would like more information or a tour of the Costas Verdes operation during your stay, please let us know and we will make it happen!