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Nosara in the News

NEW YORK TIMES – Best Places to Visit List of 2012

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Travel List of the World’s 20 Best Surf Towns 2012









Best For ~
All surfers, from children getting their first taste of Pacific power to grizzled surf veterans tripping through Latin America in camper vans

In a wave-rich country, Nosara stands out as the surf town par excellence. Warm water, friendly locals, endless beaches, powerful river mouths, long point breaks, and virtually year-round high swells make it a veritable surfing Disneyland—without all the lines and overzealous parents.

Located on the coast of a Blue Zone (a place where a large percentage of local people live to a hundred years old or more)
Nosara offers the kind of lifestyle that most surfers only dream about. It is a perennial favorite among traveling surfers of all levels for both its waves and relaxed pace of life.

When ~
Costa Rica has two seasons, the dry  – December to April, and the rainy  – May to November.
Surf-wise, the only differences during the dry season are larger crowds and smaller waves on average.

Learn ~
Safari Surf School offers lessons at Playa Guiones, a beach ideally suited to beginners, according to co-owner Tim Marsh. “The waves at Playa Guiones break about a hundred yards offshore and ‘roll’ all the way to the sand’s edge,  this is ideal so novices can feel comfy knowing we can take them waist-deep and get them on oncoming whitewater waves that roll to the beach.”

Eat/Drink ~
Just three minutes from the beach, the Casa Tucan offers great local specialties like fish and meat casados and doubles as a social hub for this small town. Stay around for a drink or two, then move to the KayaSol Surf Hotel for another round.
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Stay ~
5 Star – The Harmony Hotel offers a full spa experience while also being dedicated to sustainable development.
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Play ~
Costa Rica is all about eco-tourism, from river-rafting and bird-watching to rain-forest treks and turtle-spotting. Experience Nosara is your one-stop outfitter for anything you might want to see or do.

Local Tip ~
If you get tired of gentle rollers, head north to Playa Pelada for some volcanic reef action or to the Bocas del Nosara for heavy tubes. But don’t take the power of the waves for granted
And there’s more… stay tuned


A great surf town is the nearly magical sum of consistent waves, inviting accommodations, friendly locals, fun nightlife, delicious food, and plenty of activities should the ocean go flat. The following is a list of the world’s best surf towns, picked not necessarily because they are home to the best waves, but because the sum of their parts makes them inviting for locals and visitors alike. Plus, for each town, locals tell us where to eat, stay, and play. —Tetsuhiko Endo