What’s your idea of the ultimate refreshing vacation? Do you enjoy the sound of gentle waves splashing on a tranquil beach? What if you could also get a healthy dose of spiritual rejuvenation on your holiday? Add drool-worthy food and the most amicable people to that mix. And voila! That’s Nosara for you.
Situated in the Nicoya Peninsula of the Guanacaste province, Nosara is a quaint village in Costa Rica. Unlike other holiday destinations in the country, Nosara’s beach isn’t lined with glamorous hotels and shopping plazas.
Instead, it’s home to a pristine coastline nestled amidst a thick envelope of Costa Rica’s signature rainforests. In recent years, Nosara has grabbed the spotlight as one of the best destinations for surfing in Costa Rica. It’s also known for the abundance of yoga training centers and classes.
But despite its ever-growing popularity, the idyllic beachside village has managed to retain its charm. It’s the ideal place to enjoy a holiday when you just want to break away from the crass cacophony of modern life.
And the best part is that Nosara is part of Costa Rica’s Blue Zone. But what is it that makes Nosara a must-visit place for every traveler? Let’s find out.
A surfer’s heaven
The moment you set foot in Nosara, its white sand beaches set against a backdrop of lush greenery will cast a magic spell on you. Don’t be surprised if you’re overwhelmed by the urge to keep staring at the crystal-clear Pacific waters at Playa Guiones, the most popular beach in Nosara.
But what sets this place apart is that it’s also a great destination to try your hands at surfing. The height of the waves and the absence of rocks on the beach make Nosara the surfing paradise it’s known to be. And it’s suitable for first-time surfers too.
The best part is that you can rent a surfboard for a few dollars at one of the many stalls dotting Playa Guiones. While you’re at it, don’t forget to take a surfing lesson at one of the surfing schools to polish your skills.
A wellness retreat
Nosara isn’t just a great holiday destination for travelers who have an affinity for an adrenaline rush. It’s just as suitable for people looking to relax and unwind in the heart of nature. Known for its yoga retreats and training centers, Nosara’s quiet spiritual ambiance will immediately captivate you.
Almost every hotel in Nosara hosts yoga classes and other wellness-related events. It’s a great place to connect with other like-minded travelers who’re also on a quest to find their inner peace. And if you’re up for it, you could also join one of the yoga teachers’ training courses hosted in the town.
Remarkable accommodation options
Of course, if you visit Nosara expecting to find upscale resorts and plush condos, you’d likely be disappointed. But part of this idyllic beach town’s charm lies in its range of non-traditional hostels. Staying at a hostel is one of the best decisions you’re going to make while holidaying in Nosara.
Take Selina Hostel Nosara for instance. Featuring a hammock garden and Mediterranean restaurant, it’s an embodiment of Costa Rica’s “pura vida” mantra. It gives you an intimate glimpse of the local culture and lifestyle and takes your Nosara experience up a notch.
It won’t be fair to write about Nosara without mentioning the impressive assortment of exotic wildlife species sheltered in the surrounding rainforests. From howler monkeys and iguanas to armadillos and squirrels - you’ll find plenty of exotic wild animals in this region.
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, don’t forget to explore the numerous hiking trails in the Nosara Biological Reserve. It’s also the perfect place to indulge in birdwatching and spot hundreds of vibrant and mellifluous birds.
A treat for the taste buds
Nosara’s nourishing and delectable food prepared using the freshest ingredients could be one of the main reasons it belongs to the Blue Zone. Whether you’re a fitness junkie or want to enjoy a gastronomic extravaganza, Nosara’s restaurants and local eateries offer something for everyone’s palette.
Don’t forget to gorge on some delectable seafood delicacies at La Luna before heading to Il Pepperone for a slice of wood-fired pizza. You’ll also find numerous places dishing out lip-smacking vegan and vegetarian food.
And if you want to try some authentic Casado and ceviche without a hefty pocket pinch, try dining at one of the unassuming local eateries. Rose’s Soda Tico and Rancho Tico are highly recommended.
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