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North of Nosara

Just north of Nosara lies Playa Ostional, famous for its massive nestings of olive ridley sea turtles. This is a very underdeveloped beach village with only a few hotels, the best of which is Hotel Luna Azul ★ ((tel) 2682-1400; www.hotellunaazul.com), which features beautiful individual bungalows and a great view of the ocean—although the beach is a good distance away. If you come to Ostional to surf, try the Ostional Turtle Lodge ((tel) 2682-0131; www.surfingostional.com), a basic hostel right on the beach near the center of the village.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.