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Top Places to Stay in Nosara, Costa Rica

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With so much to do and see, the laid-back surf town of Nosara on the Nicoya peninsula has grown in popularity over the years, welcoming surfers, wellness enthusiasts, yoga practitioners, and thrill seekers of all ages.

The result? Plenty of exquisite hotels have emerged, making it easy for travelers to find accommodation that meets their needs.

Photo Courtesy Lagarta Lodge

Nosara is the perfect beach to take surf lessons, see turtles during nesting season, or enjoy a yoga retreat. Make sure you have a 4×4 rental car if you plan to head to Nosara in the rainy season though! The beach is equidistant from Liberia International Airport and San Jose International Airport. There are domestic flights to Nosara airport as well.

In this article, I thought I’d share some of the top places to stay in Nosara, Costa Rica so that next time you plan a trip to the surf mecca, you’ll know exactly where to go. Ready?

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Olas Verdes Hotel

Located south of the gorgeous Playa Guiones and right next to Ostional Nosara Wildlife Refuge, Olas Verdes is one of the best places to experience the best of Costa Rica. With beautifully decorated all-suite rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, an on-site restaurant, and easy access to the beach, this 4-star gem is a favorite of many families and couples who come to see nesting turtles at Ostional or who are just simply seeking serenity and comfort.

Choose from a beach apartment, a poolside suite, or a luxury suite – all rooms are spacious and feature standard amenities like free WiFi, air conditioning, a private bathroom, a small fridge, a coffee maker, and a wardrobe.

There’s also an outdoor terrace where you can relax and enjoy the fine weather. A short walk through the animal refuge will take you to Guiones beach, where you can indulge in a plethora of activities such as learning to surf, yoga, horseback riding, and more.

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Harmony Hotel

Another hotel that’s set a walking distance from Playa Guiones is the Harmony, which welcomes hundreds of surfers and wellness seekers every year. Set in tropical gardens just three minutes from the Nomadic hotel, this property is fully in tune with nature, with hummingbirds, howler monkeys, iguanas, and other wildlife completing its charm.

Try some sunrise yoga before hitting the surf, relax your body and mind at the healing center, cool off at the chlorine-free pool, enjoy some organic fruits and veggies from the juice bar, and sample a few drinks at the cocktail bar before kicking back in your comfy bed and allowing the sound of the waves drift you to sleep. All rooms include ceiling fans, air conditioning, WiFi, king-size bed(s), a private patio, an outdoor shower, and a seating area.

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Hotel Boutique Lagarta Lodge

Nestled between two rivers, lush vegetation, and the expansive Playa Pelada and Playa Nosara, the Hotel Boutique Lagarta Lodge offers its guests an opportunity to get away from their everyday grind and enmesh themselves in nature.

Two outdoor pools offer a splash of fun for the whole family, while those who prefer to get some pampering can go to the spa where they can indulge in a relaxing massage and body treatment. Rooms blend the beauty of nature with luxury, with a garden view, private bathroom, and several other amenities including a tablet where you can view information about the hotel and available tours. The on-site restaurant will serve you delicious food while you soak in the stunning views of the pacific ocean, rivers, and jungle.

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Tierra Magnifica Boutique Hotel

Perched on the majestic Nosara mountains, Tierra Magnifica Boutique Hotel is an intimate escape where guests can reconnect with nature while enjoying the incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, forests valleys, and mountains.

Travelers can enjoy a host of activities both on-site and off-site including yoga, watersports, waterfall hikes, birding, turtle nesting tours, and more. Plus there is a restaurant with an open bar right at the center of the property where you can lounge and appreciate delectable local cuisine and a cocktail after a busy day.

All rooms have a private bathroom with the majority featuring ocean-view balconies and a terrace. This is an adults-only hotel.

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Hotel Guiones

Hotel Guiones is situated about 0.2 miles (400 meters) from Playa Guiones, offering guests an outdoor pool, free parking, spacious rooms and apartments for accommodation, free WiFi that’s accessible from anywhere within the premises, and convenience stores within walking distance.

The hotel itself is lovely and all rooms come with a private bathroom; some have a pool view.  At the front desk, you will get information about some of the best things to do within and outside Guiones beach. An on-site restaurant is also available, serving delicious local dishes with both vegan and vegetarian options.

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Sendero Hotel

Hidden in a verdant nature reserve with extensive flora and fauna and only a short trail between you and Playa Guiones, Sendero Hotel submerges you in nature, while giving you a sense of luxury and exclusivity. After taking a plunge in the outdoor pool, go catch the waves or explore the wildlife.

After, grab a bite at the hotel’s restaurant or unwind with a beer, or simply stay in and order room service. Rooms and suites exude elegance and feature all the style, design, and amenities of a luxury hotel. No matter which one you pick, you will be greeted by the sights and sounds of the surrounding beauty, bringing you closer to nature.

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The Gilded Iguana

If you’re a surfer, The Gilded Iguana will truly satisfy your craving for water. Located only 0.1 miles (200 meters) from Guiones beach and less than 2 miles (3 km) from Pelada beach, this fabulous beachside property offers some of the best access to the Pacific Ocean, with a full-service surf school to help you catch the waves safely.

When you’ve had enough of the water, take a yoga or Jiu-Jitsu class at the Iguana Athletic Center, relax in the outdoor pool, or treat yourself to a massage at the spa before heading to the à la carte restaurant for dinner. But these little luxuries don’t end here. Back in the room, you’ll have a patio, balcony, and a seating area, where you can wind down and delight in the surrounding wildlife.

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Nosara Beach Hotel

The gorgeous Nosara Beach Hotel sits between Playa Pelada and Playa Guiones, approximately a 4 minutes walk from each beach. Here, guests have an array of activities to indulge in including surfing, sportfishing, beachcombing, and horseback riding.

On days when you’re too exhausted to go out, you can relax by the large pool outside and soak in the sun and surrounding beauty. Later, head to La Tavern Restaurant or La Luna and dig into some of their delectable cuisines until you’re ready to return to your room which comes complete with air conditioning, a garden view, and a private bathroom.

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