Playa Nosara is a long, dark sand beach that stretches from Playa Ostional to the Nosara Rivermouth, or Boca Nosara. Fishermen and Tico families frequent the Boca Nosara, particularly on weekends. Before it empties into the ocean, the Nosara River forms an estuary backed by lush mangroves, which are filled with birds and other wildlife.

The best ways to explore the mangroves and estuary are by kayak, standup paddle board (SUP), or from the Reserva Biologica Nosara (accessed from the Lagarta Lodge).

Nosara beach itself is most often quiet, with the exception of the occasional fisherman, surfer or Olive Ridley turtle. The fishing here can be great, and many locals fish from the beach and also in the river and mangroves. At low tide, you can easily cross the Nosara River and reach the beach on the other side.

The views are wonderful, and it is a perfect place to enjoy quiet afternoon.

Playa Guiones is the main surfing beach. Click here to learn more.

Playa Pelada is a beautiful beach, set right out of a postcard. Click here to learn more.

A very scenic spot to pass the time and enjoy the day. Click here to learn more.

Ostional is best known as one of Costa Rica’s most important turtle nesting sites. Click here to learn more.