The Beaches of Nosara is a relaxed but upscale seaside town where most of the expat community lives. Here you will find winding jungle roads with small businesses and fresh air restaurants tucked into the trees.
Playa Guiones is a 6 km stretch of white sand beach which has received Costa Rica's Blue Flag of Ecology, an award indicating that the beach is clean and pristine. The first 200 meters of shoreline, the maritime zone, is protected as a wildlife reserve. Guiones Beach is popular with surfers of all skill levels, because it has consistent breaks and is uncrowded. Most of the commercial properties and tourism businesses at the Playa Nosara are found along this beach.
Playa Pelada is a white beach a short walk to the north of us. Along the beach you will find many rocky outcrops, where you can stand in the sea spray. At the north end of Pelada Beach, you will find a large rock outcrop that has a hollowed out area - you can get to it at low tide to listen to the echoing of the sea.
Playa Nosara is on the north side of the river mouth. Surfing at this beach is good, but the only way to get there is to walk across the river mouth during low tide. The Nosara and Montana Rivers converge at the estuary here. This is one of the few navigable waterways in Guanacaste Province which flows year-round.
Playa Ostional is still further to the north, about a 20 minute drive. It is a protected nesting site for the Olive Ridley Sea turtle. Surfers enjoy Playa Ostional because it has good waves and is relatively deserted and natural. The terrain behind the 200m protected zone rises quickly into coastal hills, providing many farms for sale with beautiful ocean views, still within walking distance to the beach.
Garza Bay is about 20 minutes south of Guiones beach. The quiet blue waters of this bay are rimmed by a beautiful white sand beach and steep forested hillsides. Some commercial business properties are still available, and Garza Beach is not part of the protected zone. There is land for sale that is titled to the 50m line. Playa Garza is a beautiful white beach whose protected cove enables the local sportfishing fleet to harbor here.