How to get to Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosara is a charming little beach community located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, renowned for its laid back and healthy lifestyle, consistent surf in its beautiful sandy beaches, amazing yoga instructors and the sense of being away from it all.

How do you get to Nosara?  You can fly direct from many cities in North America, as well as from some capitals in Europe, to either Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO), in the center of Costa Rica or Daniel Oduber Quiros International in Liberia (LIR), closer to the Pacific side of Costa Rica.

Liberia Airport is the nearest international airport, just a scenic 2.5-hour drive to Nosara and Playa Guiones.  The drive from San Jose airport, also very scenic, takes about 5-hours.

There are several options for traveling to Nosara from the Liberia or San Jose airports:

Airport Shuttle to Nosara.  Airport shuttles to Nosara are the most common. They are comfortable, reliable and can run at any time of the day or night.  The majority of hotels in Nosara offer private transfer services from any airport or other destination in Costa Rica.  Rates may vary, but as an example, Olas Verdes Hotel charges $135 for a one-way shuttle service from Liberia airport to Nosara (up to 4 persons, a fee applies for extra people). The rate for a one-way transfer from San Jose airport to Nosara is $240 (up to 4 persons, a fee applies for extra people).

Car Rental.  Some visitors choose to rent a car at the airport and drive to Nosara.  If you decide to do so, we recommend asking for driving directions to your Nosara hotel before you start your journey.  The roads are in good condition and should not present many challenges, except for the last 20 miles, which can be tricky, especially if driving at night or on rainy days.  Having a map handy, or using apps like Waze or Google Maps is advised.  If your plan is to stay only in Playa Guiones and Nosara area, you might not need a car at all, as most hotels are a short walk to the restaurants, beach, and shopping areas.  Also, many hotels rent or provide free bicycles to get around town. If you prefer to explore other places in Nosara you can rent ATV’s, golf carts, and even cars.  Companies like Toyota Rent a Car, Alamo, and National, have offices in town.

Domestic flights to Nosara. Nosara Airport is just 15 minutes away from Playa Guiones. SANSA airlines ( offers flights to/from Liberia airport to both Nosara and San Jose airports. Charter flights and helicopters are also available upon request. Flying is a good way to get the most out of your time during your vacation while enjoying the amazing scenery of the coast, mountains, and jungle. The best hotels in Nosara, like Olas Verdes Hotel, offer a complimentary airport shuttle from Nosara airport to the hotel in Playa Guiones.

No matter your preferred method of transportation, getting to Nosara is an adventure in itself.