My lover and I originally were interested in Nosara Beach for the yoga centric town but found that it was equally renowned for it's surf. While the vibe there is super chill, getting there is not. The last 45 kilometers are hard, bumpy dirt roads that require a 4 by 4 vehicle. I drove carefully and still managed to get 2 flat tires during the week. Fortunately, there are llanteras (tire repairman) nearby when you hit these roads, and the cost of repairing a tire is only 1000 colones(2 bucks). We saw about 15 ambulances waiting on the side of the road as we made our road trip from San Jose...no joke. After witnessing about nearly 20 accidents from people trying to constantly pass each other, we understood why. Take your time getting to Nosara, and be on the lookout for the local law enforcement which is ever ready on the side of the highway to pull you over for speeding. We saw just as many police officers as ambulances and I suppose for good reason...people drive pretty recklessly in CR.
Playa Guiones(Nosara Beach) is a 5 mile stretch of sandy beach with surf spots all the way down the shoreline. The wonderful thing about Guiones is that it's not crowded. The beach is both long and wide with few people on it and so many waves to ride that you won't find locals trying to hoard or being territorial about them.
We stayed at Casa Romantica and would recommend it for the location if nothing else. Playa Guiones has no development within 200 meters of the shore, but you could say that Casa Romantica is 201 meters away. They have the only direct beach access for a hotel with a beautiful walking trail that leads straight to the ocean and the sound of crashing waves. The rooms were both clean and comfortable and came with wireless internet and a refrigerator. The food at their restaurant was fantastic and the service was friendly and attentive. You will likely be on a first name basis with the whole staff by day 2 or 3, and they will make you feel like this is truly your own little oasis. Out back towards the beach is a large pool to hang out in if you don't want the sand in your toes, and a large palapa hut/barn with hammocks underneath to catch a siesta in the shade if you need a break from the sun. Every morning, a yummy breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, and pancakes/waffles is included in your stay, making it all the more easy to get out of bed after a great night's sleep. With only 10 or so rooms at Casa Romantica, you will feel more like you are staying at your own private hacienda rather than a hotel.
As for yoga, we did make it to a few classes at the Nosara Yoga Institute. The classes were breathtaking in an outdoor setting, perched high up on the hillside amongst the trees. The short nature walk to the elevated studio is a precursor to equanimity itself, and you will feel a sense of serenity before you even arrive.
For an unforgettable sunset and a wonderful meal, head to Luna for dinner. It is a shabby sheik restaurant with outdoor seating and plenty of specialty cocktails to make the end of the day seem even better. Make sure to grab one of the lounge couches when you get there, as you will want to get comfortable and kick back and stay a while.
The pace here is pretty glacial, and is certainly not for everyone. But if you are in the mood for a sweet slow down, this town is right for you. We'll definitely be returning hopefully sooner than later!
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