55km (34 miles) SW of Nicoya; 266km (165 miles) W of San José

As is the case in Malpaís, Playa Nosara is a bucket term used to refer to several neighboring beaches, spread along an isolated stretch of coast. In addition to the namesake beach, Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, Playa Garza, and (sometimes) Playa Ostional are also lumped into this area. In fact, the village of Nosara itself is several kilometers inland from the beach. Playa Nosara marks the northern limit of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Playa Guiones is one of Costa Rica’s most dependable beach breaks, and surfers come here in good numbers throughout the year. However, the waves are still much less crowded than you would find in and around Tamarindo.


The best way to get to Nosara is to fly, but, with everything so spread out, that makes getting around difficult after you’ve arrived. The roads to, in, and around Nosara are almost always in very rough shape, with little sign that this will improve anytime soon.