Nosara is an idyllic, tranquil corner of Costa Rica encompassed by untamed rain forests and exotic wildlife. Environmentally concerned locals have kept development to a minimum in Nosara; allowing this small town to radiate with old world charm. Nosara, Costa Rica, is known for surfing and yoga and attracts enthusiasts worldwide. Its peaceful atmosphere beckons travelers seeking paradise from across the globe.
The village of Nosara is home to three distinct beaches; Playa Nosara, Playa Pelada and Playa Guiones. Parrots, toucans, monkeys and armadillo can be spotted along all three beaches so have your camera ready! Playa Pelada impresses visitors with a blowhole that blasts water through the air at high tide. Surfers can be found riding the waves at Playa Guiones, the best surf spot on the central Nicoya peninsula.
Nosara boasts the world’s longest canopy tour with zip lines that run from mountainside to mountainside; instead of platforms commonly used elsewhere. For those who prefer calmer activities, find inner peace while practicing yoga in a serene jungle setting. The famous Nosara institute offers classes and workshops for enthusiasts of all levels.
Eco-tourism continues to boom in Costa Rica and the nearby National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to observe magnificent sea turtles nest en masse. Tide pools brim with starfish and urchin and countless crabs quietly dart about the sand. Spend the day hiking, bird watching or surfing while surrounded by the untouched beauty of Costa Rica.
The crescent-shaped Playa Samara, just south of Nosara, is a favorite frequented by vacationing Ticos, wealthy tourists and backpacking twenty-something’s. This mix of demographics has brought an urban sophistication to Samara as residents renovate shops, restaurants and storefronts.
The warm, gentle waters of Playa Samara are safe for swimming and snorkeling. Swim out to the center of the bay and snorkel along the mystical coral reef. The inconsistent waves at Playa Samara may bore experienced surfers, however; they are perfect for beginners and lessons with a local can be arranged for the brave and willing! Charter a catamaran for day of sports fishing or simply cruise the Pacific Ocean for truly breathtaking day at sea.
As Samara develops, so does its gastronomical offerings. While typical Costa Rican restaurants attract their fair share of business, foreigners have brought the fares of their homelands, as well. Whether you prefer hearty, American burgers and fries, homemade pasta and imported Italian meats and cheeses or Spanish paella in an upscale setting, Samara’s vast selection of restaurants please all palettes.
Both Playa Nosara and Playa Samara have something to offer for those looking to burn the midnight oil. Whether mingling with locals over an Imperial (the local brew), brushing up on your Salsa moves at a discotheque or grabbing a late-night bite over cocktails, visitors will not be disappointed with the nightlife.
The central Nicoya peninsula is the perfect destination for a quiet escape to paradise. While Playa Nosara and Playa Samara continue to grow, the pristine beaches and lush rain forests remain unspoiled. This calm, slow-paced environment is just the place to come and decompress in Costa Rica.