Grab your board and head out to Playa Guiones, one of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica. If you’re new/a beginner, you can take lessons with one of the dozens of surf schools in Nosara.
2. Do yoga
Almost as much as Nosara is a surfing destination, it has also become a destination for yogis. There are studios in almost every hotel, if not every hotel, and many offer yoga retreats. If this is what you’re into, you’ll want to check out the Bodhi Tree yoga resort.
3. Standup paddle board or kayak on the river
In the shade of the mangroves, the river is a cool and peaceful contrast from the intense heat and powerful surf at the beach. Many companies offer river tours, but after my experience, I would recommend Cacho’s Surf School.
And do it off of Pink Sand Beach, where as you might have guessed, the sand is a picturesque dusty rose.
5. Visit Nosara’s Refuge for Wildlife
Learn about Nosara’s wildlife, in particular, the howler monkeys, and get a chance to see the little guys up close. However, don’t expect to get to touch/interact with the monkeys. Find out more about it here.
6. Turtle tour
Ostional beach is a famous spot to watch turtles lay their eggs, and then weeks later, watch those eggs hatch. Check to see if the timing of your trip will line up with seeing this incredible display of wildlife in it’s natural habitat.
There isn’t too much in the way of shopping in Nosara, but the few boutiques that do exist are there are pretty unique. Plenty of locally-made, unique products that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
8. Dining Out
This photo was taken at La Luna, the only beach-side restaurant in Nosara, that serves delicious, mediterranean cuisine. You can expect really good food at most places; we never had a bad meal in our two week stay. Also, if you follow a gluten-free and/or vegan diet, most restaurants will either have options for you or they will be really good about catering to your needs. Some of our favourite spots for dinner were La Luna, and the Harmony at the Harmony Hotel. For a more casual breakfast or lunch, I would recommend Beach Dog Cafe, Robin’s, and Jasmine’s at the Living Hotel.
9. Relax poolside
This is the pool at the Bodhi Tree hotel, where I also took a yoga class. If you’re looking for a peaceful day lounging poolside, this is an awesome spot. Other recommendations would be the Harmony Hotel and the Living Hotel.
10. Live the pura vida
Pura vida translates to ‘pure life,’ and it is the most common saying you will hear in Costa Rica. It can be interpreted many ways, so you’ll have to discover what it means most to you.
- Bring cash – ATMs will only let you take cash out on your visa, they do not accept debit cards
- Bring sunglasses, a hat, and flip flops that you don’t mind losing – petty theft is prevalent, especially at the beach
- Lock up your valuables in a safe, if possible, at the place you’re staying
- Vegan and gluten-free diets are widely understood and catered to
- Bring bug spray – there are lots of mosquitos!
- And sunscreen – the rays in Costa Rica are very strong and even those who say they never burn, often still burn (especially on the first day)
- Bring a flashlight – the one on your phone will suffice, but if you don’t want to bring your phone out at night then make sure you have a cheap one because there aren’t many lights at night on the beach or streets
- Prepare for poor wifi – most places do have it, but it’s not very fast