Information about Nosara beach

HOW TO GET THERE?

Costa Rica has two international airports, one in Liberia about 100 km away from Nosara and the other one in Alajuela-San José at about 300 km away from Nosara:

1.- Liberia International Airport arrivals:
Flying into Liberia is by far the best option. A car ride from the airport to Nosara takes about 2 and a half hours. Transportation on a shared van can be arranged for $50. Shared transportation leaves Liberia Airport around 2:00 p.m. Times may vary according to the number of flights and schedules.

A private shuttle or taxi to Nosara has an approximate cost of $130.

2.- Juan Santamaría International Airport arrivals (San José):
If you fly into SJ you will most likely need to spend a night there, as local transportation schedules and international flight schedules don´t usually match.

By public bus: Alfaro offers transportation to several Guanacaste destinations. The one direct bus to Nosara leaves SJ (from Alfaro Bus Station, in Barrio la Coca Cola, calle 14 between avenida 3 and 5, at 5:00 am sharp). The trip takes about 6 hours and the cost is about $10.

There are also several buses each day to the nearest larger city, Nicoya, where it is possible to connect and take a local bus to Nosara.

By plane: Nature Air flies daily to Nosara airport, www.natureair.com

Shuttle bus or shared taxis can be arranged but availability usually depends on the demand. Please let us know if want help to explore this options.

Information about Nosara beach:

Nosara is a village and district in the Nicoya canton, Guanacaste province of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast. The district has a population of around 5,800 people. Situated in the Guanacaste province on the western edge of the Nicoya Peninsula, Nosara is a place of rare beauty and tranquility. Famously referred to as a Blue Zone, Guanacaste is one of five places in the world known for the remarkable longevity of its population. Whether due to climate, food, water or relaxed lifestyle, scientists are still pondering, but locals commonly live to be 100 or older.

In addition to the unique beauty of the natural environment, Nosara provides a wonderful example of responsible planning and development. In spite of the numerous homes, restaurants and services that can be found here, first time visitors will be impressed by the pristine beach and jungle surrounds that remain in tact. The community of Nosara also promotes alternative and sustainable types of recreational and adventure tourism, and is respectful of the local culture and values. Hotel chains and fast food restaurants do not exist in Nosara. Instead, visitors will find smaller boutique hotels and quaint, family owned restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine.

Nosara remains a truly eclectic mix of Costa Rican and international culture where surfing, yoga, wellness and other new age practices readily compliment the Costa Rican “pura vida” lifestyle.

Our beach campus offers a glimpse of rural life in Costa Rica very different from that in the cities. Due to the town's small size, students quickly come to know the local population and feel at home in this warm and welcoming 'pueblo'.

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 is one of the most consistent waves in the world with over 330 days per year of rideable conditions.

The official town center is located 6 km inland from the beach. Within "Nosara town" is the market, pharmacy, post office, churches, school, police station, David S. Kitson public library and Red Cross clinic.

There are five main oceanfront communities each named after their respective beaches: Playa Nosara, Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, Playa Garza, and Playa Ostional. These comprise the largest areas of foreign-owned residences, tourist hotels and restaurants, centered on Guiones and Pelada.

 

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