Yes, the surfing is good at Playa Guionnes, but not all the time. The first day of our stay there was FANTASTIC. Long, long rides on glassy 4-6 foot swells that seemed to peak for about half a minute before you had to drop in or bail out. Surfed for about 4 hours non-stop with only a minute or two between paddling back out and catching the next...more
Playa Pelada, Nosara, Costa Rica
Good for: Business
Every meal I ordered for dinner at the Guilded Iguana restaurant was sensational. The fish was, of course, most likely caught the same day. As a life-long (almost) fish lover and former commercial fisherman I would know. All other meat dishes were also off the chart, especially when you consider the price. The most expensive dinners were $14.00 and...more
Skip their uninspiring breakfasts and head to the Gilded Iguana for lunch or dinner. Thelunch menu cosnsis of the typical (but good) sandwiches and burgers. The dinner menu features fresh seafood (whatever was caught that morning) and is outstanding! The walls of this open air prestaurant are coved with graffiti from people who have passed through...more
good food, pool table, pool and waterfall. At night, it is THE spot in Nosara to party. We were there on Friday and Saturday nights it was packed. Otherwise you have to drive a long way into town, which wasnt too fun.
Dress Code: none! first place you hit when coming in from the surf.
Getting to Nosara you really have only 2 choices- puddle jumper or drive (10 hours).
I got help through a resident there, Paula White. Her advice was great and I think well worth the money. Everything went off without a hitch. If you are trying to get to the more rural areas around Nosara she can help.
If you are looking to get from San Jose to the West Coast in or around Nosara I highly recommend getting in touch with her.
I don't know if the road conditions have changed since we were there or not. When we visited Nosara there were no paved roads.
They were all gravel or dirt roads and when it rained they were mud tracks. You needed a four-wheel drive at least and sometimes the help of a tractor to get where you wanted to go.