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“Isolated with no facilities” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Nosara, Costa Rica
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Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Nosara
Activities: Surfing
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Sechelt, Canada
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6 reviews
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“Isolated with no facilities”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Had to walk through a natural reserve to reach the beach, no shade, no facilities such as restaurants, bars, no chair rental,
Just a barren isolated beach. nothing of appeal unless you just wanted to walk the beach. Tide was so far out you had to walk a block to get to the edge of the water , let alone have enough water to swim in.Not our favorite beach, after seeing many in the world

Visited January 2013
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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36 reviews
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“Amazing beach!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Sands are close to white, water is pretty much crystal clear. The only issue might be finding a place to hide away from the sun. The beach is huge, and there are lots of surfers and tourists. Watch out for the 25km of dirt road that might take a toll on your car... :(

Visited January 2013
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Westfield, New Jersey, United States
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“Play Guiones, unbelievable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I love Nosara Play Guiones. In December I was down on a two day business trip and I will walk tot he beach late at night and watch the shooting stars. I have been four times and I will be back many more. The beach has no boats on it, that is not allowed It is huge and wide and you can go down and start a little campfire and just hang out with family and friends. During the peak season of the day, it is perfect, just enough people you can go make new friends and not so many you can't be alone. Beach Dog cafe right off the beach has perfect smoothies and great lunches. It is not to be missed. If you like Costa Rica, you will love Guiones.

Visited December 2012
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New York, NY
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4 attraction reviews
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“Seek out Juan Surfo's shop near Playa Guillones”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Juan Surfo was an amazing instructor. He was extremely clear about what to do and how to do it, which is very helpful when you're trying to learn a new skill. He speaks fluent English and knew when to push us and when to tell us to relax. As I got better, he added on additional refinements into his instructions. Very encouraging without being cloying.

Playa Guillones has a range of waves. Other reviewers are right - there is no shade, though Juan told me he rents umbrellas for the beach.He also rents boards. Next time we'll take him up on both.
Highly recommended!

Visited January 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Perfect Off the Grid Beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Surfers, swimmers and sunset lovers will fall in love with this wide and wild expanse of sand and sea, but the faint hearted traveller in search of an all inclusive sun holiday will flee. That is what makes Nosara and Playa Guiones perfect. People from all over North America and Europe come here for the natural, unspoiled beauty. Oh, and the consistent waves. Great body surfing too or just loll around in the tidal pools. The sun is relentless - sun block and surf shirts a good idea. It's three to four hours out of Liberia by private transfer or bus and it's a cool, interesting journey. Sit back and enjoy a "Costa Rican" massage. Always a good idea to keep your sense of humour when travelling off the grid....Great seafood but too bad no one here has yet realized that blue and yellow fin are endangered. Don't order it - vote with your wallet to preserve and conserve!

Visited February 2013
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