While there are a number of ways to get to La Luna in Nosara, including driving, or taking a tuk tuk, but walking along the beach in the evening is probably one of the most enjoyable ways to do it. You avoid the dusty dirt roads, and once the sun goes down, Playa Guiones (beach) is pitch black and empty. All you can see is a sky full of stars, and all you can hear are waves crashing and the sound of your feet patting on the sand.
It is best to get an idea of where you’re going by doing this walk in daylight first, since there are only a handful of lights along the coast to use as reference. Also, a flashlight (we used the ones on our phones) is helpful to keep from tripping over big rocks or stepping on any crabs.
Walking from our rental home in the Guiones beach club, it’s a few kilometers down the beach before we come close to reaching the end of the peninsula that divides Playa Guiones and Playa Pelada. There’s an opening in the trees that leads to a path through the jungle. It’s a short crossing, but weaving through the trees we find ourselves stepping over roots and ducking under branches while artfully avoiding stepping on any crabs or spiders. When we make it out the other side we are on Playa Pelada. Now, we can hear music and we know we’re close.
After about thirty minutes of walking from the Playa Guiones beach club, the light and music of La Luna opens up out of the darkness.
The ambiance is unparalleled. Beneath the music is the sound of waves crashing on the beach, the place is lit with string lights and candles, much of the food is made for sharing, and the friendly local dogs certainly know it.
While we wait for our table we check out a little boutique that’s attached to the restaurant.
Once seated I order a passion fruit mojito, a drink that seems to be on a lot of cocktail menus in Nosara and one that I would highly recommend. The cuisine at La Luna is mediterranean — a welcomed change from the taco diet I’ve been on for most of our trip (not that I’m complaining).
While many of the restaurants we’ve eaten at in Nosara are vegetable and fish focused, La Luna has more meat options. However, it’s not the steaks that catch our eye, it’s the extreme thin-crust pizza…
Unfortunately, it’s not gluten free, but no need to feel sorry for me, as an alternative I had vegetable kebabs, and they were certainly nothing to be sad about.
Grilled corn, eggplant, zucchini, pepper, and mushroom marinated in some kind of olive oil, herb tapenade served with potato wedges and array of dips including hummus, eggplant, pickled carrot, and vinegar-soaked cabbage.
Safe to say I dove right in.
I can only imagine how beautiful La Luna would be at sunset. It’s also open for coffee and lunch.