Nosara, Costa Rica is a family favorite, any time of year but especially around the holidays! It is off the beaten path enough to feel like you can authentically learn about Costa Rican culture, however, the community still super appreciates tourism and fosters a family-friendly, fun, and safe vacation spot. The town is full of awesome people, great food, beautiful beaches, and new adventures, so it can be hard to decide what to do! Here are 10 things to know about Nosara, Costa Rica, to help you make the most out of your stay!
- The people: Costa Ricans refer to themselves as Tico’ s or Tica’s, a colloquial term of endearment that comes from their frequent use of “ico, ica, tico, or tica” at the end of words to mean small, or to show affection for something.
- The Place: Nosara is a coastal village of roughly 5,000 inhabitants on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste. Located between Samara and Tamarindo’s beaches, it is a 5-hour drive from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.
- Yoga: Nosara is the yoga mecca of Costa Rica. Starting the day with a Yoga session is somewhat of a ritual for visitors and locals. At Olas Verdes Hotel, we host daily yoga lessons for all levels of experience. You can schedule your yoga session with the concierge.
- Surfing: Although Nosara loves its yoga, it ranks even higher as a surfing destination. The consistent year-round swells are why people travel to the Nosara beaches and make surfing the number one activity. For those who have never ridden a wave, or who want to improve on what they already know, there are excellent surf schools like Safari Surf, Olas Verdes’ onsite surf school. Nosara is a surfing paradise for short and longboarders alike.
- Activities for Kids: Nosara is an excellent family vacation spot, offering many kids’ activities like the Nosara Day Camp, where kids can meet other kids, take adventure tours, and have a blast throughout the day.
- Restaurants: With a multitude of options for international and local dishes, Nosara and Playa Guiones invite you to try new flavors and foods, including the Costa Rican fusion cuisine enjoyed at El Manglar Restaurant. The warm tropical air, sunny skies, and rich soil are a perfect recipe for farm-fresh, healthy options, and a memorable dining experience.
- Exotic Fruits: Farmers and organic markets offer seasonal fruits from Nosara and its surroundings. Ask at your hotel where and when you can indulge in this authentic experience.
- Security: Upon your arrival in Nosara, you will naturally feel peace and calm. Locals will treat you well, as they are eager to host visitors. Although a safe place, it is always wise not to leave your valuables unattended.
- Roads and transportation: Nosara’s streets are unpaved and dusty during the dry season and just plain muddy during the rainy season! If you are wondering How to get to Nosara? It is recommended that you arrange for an airport shuttle prior to your arrival. During your stay in Nosara, you can rent bicycles, ATVs, golf carts, and 4×4 vehicles to explore the area better.
- Money: Every shop, restaurant, or supermarket takes Colones (local currency) and US dollars. Most restaurants and hotels accept credit cards, but many tour operators and vendors take cash only. You can get the best exchange rate at the local bank.
Olas Verdes Hotel has been rated Top 25 Small Hotels in Costa Rica by travelers in TripAdvisor, and we are eager to host you, your family, and friends. Contact Us. There is a warm and friendly welcome waiting for you in Nosara, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful destinations!