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Nosara features an awesome way of living, from yoga, surfing, biking, touring and fishing. Dining in family-owned restaurants, enjoying local food and entertainment, there is lots to be had for recreational activity. The weather is dryer than the Central Pacific, providing a great year round climate. With stunning ocean views this is the perfect spot for health retreat or personal development. The surfing in Nosara is excellent with consistent intermediate waves, as is the deep sea fishing for angler enthusiasts. Beachcombers, joggers, cyclists and sunbathers will love the almost 7km long, soft sandy beach of Playa Guiones. Adventures will enjoy a day trip to the Ostional Wildlife Refuge or a driving with the Howling Monkey Tomcar Tour.
One of Costa Rica’s best kept secrets, Nosara is a hidden paradise lying 55 kilometers southwest of Nicoya. Surrounded by lush tropical rain forest, mountains, waterfalls, and rivers. Accessed through the road to Samara, Playa Nosara along with Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada and Playa Ostional, make up the Ostional Wildlife Refuge, where every year hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles come to lay their eggs. Playa Guiones, Pelada, Nosara and Ostional form a chain of almost 12 miles of gorgeous unspoiled beaches providing visitors and residents with abundant opportunity for exploration and adventure or tranquility and relaxation.

Nosara’s beaches have been designated a wildlife refuge and are protected from development or deforestation by Costa Rican law. Extending north from Punta Nosara, this beautiful black sand beach offers visitors a fantastic variety of flora and fauna and is backed by a lush mangrove. The sunsets here are incredible as this beach offers tourists. spectacular vistas to enjoy. In the neighboring tropical forest, a large variety of animals and birds can be seen, making this beach one
of Costa Rica’s most diverse ecological environments.

Playa Nosara lies on the delta of the Rio Nosara and the Rio Montana convergence. The Nosara River is an important part of the history, economy and growth of the region. Nosara River is fed by hundreds of natural springs born in the surrounding mountains resulting in one of the few rivers in the Guanacaste Province which flows year-round.

Nosara is full of local activities, health oriented venus and local retailers. Nosara is home to a first class Red Cross organization, the Omega Institute, the Yoga Institute, and a Pharmacy.

The beaches of Nosara host one of the oldest expatriate communities in Costa Rica. In 1962 an American bought the entire expanse of land along the coastline of Nosara. He initiated “The Project” a development for 500 residential lots interspersed with commercial sites, parks and a golf course. He built roads, established a private water system and installed electricity. However, after several years of careful planning, the project stuttered to a halt for financial reasons.

Individual investors eventually acquired portions of the land, and the new property owners organized into the Nosara Civic Association (NCA) which continues to manage the project currently. The NCA and its members are working hard to balance development in Nosara with protection of the natural world. Their association is unique in Costa Rica and they fought many battles to keep Nosara free from large-scale tourism industries and pollution.

Quick Facts
• Nosara Civic Association “American Project” was founded in 1969
• Total Area: nearly 3,000 acres
• Green area: 900 acres
• Population of Nosara Area: 5,000
• Main Beaches: Guiones, Pelada, Garza
• Common Flora / Fauna: Teak, Guanacaste, Melina and Panama trees, Hibiscus / Howler Monkeys, Pisotes, Morphos, Geckos, Zipolotes
• Downtown Nosara to the beach: 10 minutes
• Distance to Sunset view: your balcony
• Arribata & Ostional Turtle Refuge
• Biological Reserve