​​​​Nosara Vacation Rentals



Lots of rentals are written up as "within walking distance of the beach", but we have noticed that some people seem to have a rather generous definition of what walking distance is. We had some friends stay at a hotel "within walking distance of the beach", and their return walk was approximately 30 minutes uphill. The Double I is really a 2 minute walk from Playa Pelada, the smaller of the 2 beaches in the area, and a 10 minute walk from Playa Guiones, the more popular surf beach. Pelada is known as the prettiest beach in the area; it's gently textured with reefs and coves, the shores are dotted with palm trees, and you sometimes find baby turtles in the sand making their way back to the ocean.

Pelada is the quieter of the two beach towns, and you can walk from the house to most restaurants and shops. Across the (unpaved) road from the house is Pancho's market and surf shop, which has all your grocery needs, as well as a small restaurant with great shrimp tacos. There are a couple other restaurants within a 200 meter walk- the fabulous Refugio del Sol, and La Luna, which is an enjoyable place to drink a glass of wine and watch the sunset.

You can also take a 10 minute walk to Playa Guiones, where you can access the more populated town of Guiones. It is the larger of the two beaches, and forms a large cove between 2 rocky points. Between the two points is 6km of soft sand, away from which rise the low foothills of the jungle. There you will find a variety of restaurants, surf shops, a grocery store, a medical clinic, an Internet cafe, and a book/DVD store. In Guiones you can rent a car, book a surf lesson, get a massage, or catch some live music. None of the roads in the Nosara area are paved, so the pace of life remains low key even in the larger town of Guiones.

If you have decided to rent a car, you can easily access the town of Nosara, which is a traditional Costa Rican town set away from the beach. There you will find the local airport, as well as a large grocery store, hardware stores, and a great traditional restaurant called Ranco Tico. Don't be surprised if you see horses hitched to the hitching post out front. Also in the town of Nosara is La Tropicana, a fun traditional dance club open on the weekends. Also nearby by car is the Boca (Mouth) of the Rio Nosara, which is a 15 minute walk away. There you can try your hand at fishing (or just watch the locals), surf, or enjoy sunset at the fabulous Lagarta Lodge (the best view you will ever have while drinking a margarita).