HOW TO GET TO NOSARA -
You have the choice of 2 airports here to fly into in Costa Rica. If you fly into the main airport in San Jose (Juan Santamaria International Airport, code - SJO) you will most likely find lower priced flights. However, Nosara is about a 4-5 hour drive from the San Jose Airport depending on traffic and how many trucks and busses you get stuck behind on the two-lane roads. If you fly into Liberia (Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, code - LIR) the flights will typically be more expensive, but from there you are roughly 2 hour drive to Nosara.
*Note that there are some discount airlines now offering flights to San Jose, including Jet Blue, Frontier Air and Spirit Air. They typically have the most affordable prices.
If you fly into either San Jose or Liberia, you also have the choice of taking one of the puddle jumper flights right here to Nosara on Nature Air (www.NatureAir.com) or Sansa (www.FlySansa.com). Our commuter airport here is only a 10 minute drive to the beach and Playas Guiones and Pelada. These flight will run you about $85 - $130 one-way, depending on the season and how early you book your ticket. However, it is a fun way to travel and they give you a great birds eye view of the beautiful Costa Rican landscape below. The only downside here is that you need to travel on the light side because the airlines have certain weight restrictions and will only take surfboards if they have room on the plane.
The other options for getting here from San Jose or Liberia are either by rental car or a hired driver, shuttle or taxi. Contact us and we can help book your transportation needs with experienced, licensed and reliable car rental and transport companies. Prices from San Jose are between $200 - $250 one-way and from $100 - $150 one-way from Liberia, depending on the time of year. If arriving at night and you don’t want to spend the night in Liberia or San Jose, we highly recommend using a shuttle service, because they know the roads very well and driving at night and on the dirt roads can be dangerous.
If you decide to rent a car and drive here please refer to the directions below:
Driving Directions if using the newer highway, the Autopista del Sol -
- Exit the Juan Santamaria Airport and follow the road straight, towards downtown San Jose.
- At rental car company, ask them to point you towards the Autopista del Sol (Highway 27) to Orotina and towards Escazu when you leave the lot.
- Remain on this highway for about 10-15 minutes.
- Then, you will take a RIGHT at traffic light intersection. You will see a McDonalds on the far left-hand corner of the intersection, and you will see a tall blue “Universal” sign on the right.
- This is the Autopista del Sol (Highway 27). There will be a few tolls along the way, so have a about $3.00 - $4.00 ready, preferably in Costa Rican Colones.
- Then, you will continue straight on the Autopista del Sol (without exiting) for about an hour. Follow the signs for Caldera and Puntarenas. Once you arrive in Puntarenas, Highway 27 will automatically turn into Highway 1. Follow the signs to Liberia and you will be put right onto Highway 1.
- Once past Puntarenas, the next turn you will look for is for has a sign labeled “Puente La Amistad de Taiwan”.
- Take a LEFT towards the Puente La Amistad de Taiwan.
- You will cross over the big bridge (Puente La Amistad de Taiwan) and follow that road until it comes to a T intersection. This leg of the trip will be about 48km.
- Take a RIGHT at that intersection, you will see a sign indicating Nosara, Playa Samara and Carrillo.
- The next intersection will be in Nicoya, about 13km from the last turn.
- Take a LEFT at the flashing yellow traffic light towards Nicoya.
- Then follow the road through the town of Nicoya, you will pass right through the center of town and out the other end. Stay straight for about 13km.
- The road will come to a T intersection again with a small store in front named “Abastecedor Caimital”. Take a RIGHT.
- Stay straight on that road for 19km or so and until you see a gas station on your left.
- Right after the gas station (about 100 meters past) you will take a RIGHT onto the dirt road. You will see signs for Nosara.
- Drive SLOWLY and carefully on the dirt road, especially at night. There will often be locals walking on both sides of the road and it is hard to see in the dark with no street lights whatsoever. Slow down while driving through the tiny little pueblos to reduce the dust that you kick up.
- Follow the road for about 8km (feels much longer than that!) until you come to a T intersection with signs in front of you.
- Take a RIGHT at the intersection towards Nosara. Now you are only 12km away!
- Stay straight and you will enter the Playa Guiones area!
- If you decide to take the old road to Nosara (Highway 1) from the airport, simply exit the airport or rental car place and get on the Calle 1 (Highway 1) towards San Ramon. Follow the signs and you will stay on Calle 1 for 124km until you get to the Puente La Amistad de Taiwan sign and turn. Then, the rest of the directions are the same as above.
Driving Directions from Liberia -
If you're coming from Liberia, the drive is super easy.
- Take a right out of the airport (or ask the Rental Car company to point you towards Nicoya) and drive 60km until you get to Nicoya.
- At the blinking yellow traffic light, take a RIGHT towards Nicoya and Samara
- Follow the directions above from Nicoya to Nosara/Guiones
See our Driving Directions Video from San Jose and Liberia here: http://vimeo.com/6702500.
If you need any information or would like help booking a transport service or a rental car, please contact us at Info@VisitNosara.com. We will be more than happy to arrange everything for you and your group.