Nosara is a place of stunning natural beauty tucked into the jungle surrounding three of Costa Rica’s finest beaches.

The area is teeming with wildlife and boasts some of the best and most consistent surf in the country. Homes, hotels, restaurants and businesses are spread out over several miles–often hidden among the trees and dense vegetation. A large community of international residents resides here, most of whom are intent on keeping development and over-building to a minimum. Still, Nosara is growing.

The beaches of Nosara area includes the beachside communities of Playa Guiones and Playa Pelada, as well as the puebla of Nosara. Beach communities border the Ostional Wildlife Refuge, which stretches for 15km from the northern end of Playa Ostional to the southern end of Playa Guiones. Within the refuge, the first two hundred meters of beachfront is protected land–home to hundreds of howler monkeys, iguanas, pizotes, and birds. Despite the area’s increasing popularity, Playa Nosara is still a little off the radar for many Costa Rican travelers.

It is not always easy to find your way here, or your way around once you arrive– the roads are rough, winding, and surrounded by jungle. To the newcomer, the layout can certainly seem confusing. With no distinct town center for the beaches area, local information can be hard to find once you get here. People are friendly though, so don’t be afraid to ask for directions or advice.

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