The Nosara Civic Association was formed at the beginning to protect the environment and community’s interests. Reforestation was a priority, and today, thick tropical forest grows over the hillsides and along the coast.
According to the community’s conservation policy, homes, hotels and businesses are all set back from the beach at Guiones to protect a buffer zone of 200 linear meters as a wildlife refuge for nesting sea turtles. As a result, Nosara’s beaches annually receive Costa Rica’s Ecological Blue Flag Award.
The Nosara community’s unique kinship of Costa Ricans and “gringos” (foreigners), remains to this day. Residents take pride in working together on continued community planning and management of resources.
Despite the Nicoya peninsula being one of the last locations with large areas of unpaved roads in Costa Rica, Nosara is one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country, as well as a fishing and agricultural area.
Unlike most coastal tourist towns, Nosara lacks nearly any development directly on the beach as much of it consists of the Ostional Wildlife Refuge (necessitated by the presence of breeding Olive Ridley and Leatherback Sea Turtle populations). Nosara is also a surfing destination as Playa Guiones has some of the most consistent wave breaks in the world with over 330 days per year of rideable conditions. Guiones is also the location of world-renowned yoga training centers, and together with Pelada Nosara it is considered a mecca for yoga in Costa Rica.
The official town center is located 6 km inland from the beach, within this Pueblo “Nosara old town” is the local airport supper market, pharmacy, post office, churches, school police station, library and Red Cross Clinic. There are two banks in Nosara, Banco de Costa Rica and Banco Popular, both have ATM machines.
Services: Nosara offers all the commodities of the modern world, all basic services are available including fast connection internet.
Blue Zone: Nosara is located in the Nicoya Peninsula, one of 5 blue zones in the world, geographic areas with high concentrations of individuals over 100 years of age. The longevity of the inhabitants of this area is due to their diet, physical activity, contact with nature and family focus.
Adventure: There is a wide range of different activities that can be enjoyed in Nosara including horseback riding, sport fishing, rodeo festivals, nearby waterfalls, mangrove tours, boogie boarding, bicycle riding, hiking, adventure tours, surf lessons and stand up paddling, just take your pick.
Getting to Nosara/Flights: There are two international airports in Costa Rica that service Nosara: San Jose and Liberia. San Jose is about a 5-hour drive. Liberia is about 37 miles however the average drive is around 2 ½ hours depending on traffic. There is also the option of taking a commuter plane from San Jose to Nosara airport which 35-minute flight. From the airports you can rent a car or hire a shuttle which is preferred.
Getting around town: The main part of Nosara is a small surf town known as Playa Guiones, it is only about one-mile end to end. Unless you are planning on venturing to a nearby town you should not need a car. Besides walking there are golf carts, quads and bicycles for rent. Some houses come with their own bicycles.
Restaurants: There are a wide assortment of restaurants ranging from local Tico style foods consisting of basic beans and rice combinations, classic American dishes as well as ethnic cuisines including Italian, French, Argentinian, Peruvian, and Thai. For special diets there are vegetarian and gluten-free menus available in many restaurants. There is also an organic market every Tuesday which includes local produce and specialty items provide by local artisans.
Local Doctors: The Paradise Medical Clinic in Playa Guiones is where Dr. Alejandro and Dr. Mauricio, as well as Dra. Laura, our local dentist, have their offices. Dra. Kattia has her clinic on the road to Del Mar Academy. The Cruz Roja (Red Cross) is in downtown Nosara and has an ambulance. For things like stitches, the flu, a mysterious rash, the local doctors will take good care of you. For broken bones or more urgent ailments, you’ll want to head to Nicoya, Liberia or San Jose.
Emergencies: For emergencies the closest hospital is in Nicoya which is about one hour away. There is also a ‘life flight’ service that can pick you up in Nosara by either plane or helicopter to get you quickly to San Jose. This can be coordinated through the local doctors.
Hospitals: CIMA in Escazu is the most commonly used hospital by expatriates. People also have had great experience at Clinica Biblica Hospital in San Jose. The hospital in Nicoya is a public hospital while the two Cima Hospitals and Clinica Biblica are private.