This month, we are back in Costa Rica in Nosara. Nosara was recently named as one of the 20 best surf towns around the world by National Geographic, and it’s also rated by Trip Advisor as on of the top beach destinations in Costa Rica. It’s located centrally in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, on the Pacific. Playa Guiones, in Nosara, is a long stretch of beach, with good waves all year. When you add in warm tropical water, and a charming town filled with yoga studios, boutiques and restaurants, it’s a great place to get away from it all.
Team Rider Kristen @sambatothesea loves surfing this beach break and she recently got back from a weekend work-cation in Nosara, photographing a beautiful wedding AND surfing perfect waves in Playa Guiones.
SURF GUIDE: Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica by Kristen Brown – @sambatothesea
Where and when to surf:
Playa Guiones is a beach break. There are the waves up and down the long stretch of beach, so you can walk as far as you wish to find a nice, uncrowded wave. Playa Guiones is exposed to swells coming from all directions, so it is rarely flat.
Best Tide: All tides.
Best Wind: Offshore, from the East.
Best Swell: All swells.
Ability: Beginner to Advanced
Season: For offshore winds all day, January – April. But there is surf year round.
Crowd Factor: Some peaks can get crowded, but there are plenty of waves to be found.
Water temperatures in Costa Rica are almost always tropically warm (MI OLA Bikini temp!), except for when there are strong offshore winds. So before you head out, check it out. If there are strong offshore winds, the water temperature can drop, and you’ll want a spring jacket or spring suit. You don’t want to paddle out to perfect waves and be too cold to surf!
Where to Stay:
There are many options for all budgets. If you are looking to surf, surf, surf AND improve, I have several friends that highly recommend Surf Simply Surf Camp.
Check out Harmony Hotel, Olas Verdes, and Casa Romantica for a higher budget. Great lower budget options are Beach Dog Hostel, steps away from the beach and serving up great food, and The Gilded Iguana.
I don’t think you can get a bad meal in Nosara. A couple of my favorite places to eat are Harmony Hotel, El Chivo, Beach Dog Hostel, Gilded Iguana, Go Juice Nosara, and Nosara Pura Vida. Although the food is great, the bill will tend to be a little higher than you are expecting – about $10-$20 per meal without alcohol.
Nosara is also known as a yoga town. From yoga retreats, teacher trainings, to yoga classes, you can spend the whole week surfing and practicing yoga! Check out Nosara Yoga Institute and Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort.
In addition to yoga, there are zip lining tours, ATV tours, horseback riding, and more.
How to #GetOutThere:
From Liberia Airport, Playa Guiones is about a two hour drive. The last half hour of the drive is on dirt road, so depending on the road conditions, it can get quite bumpy. We recommend renting a 4×4 SUV for higher clearance, especially if you plan on visiting and surfing nearby towns and surf breaks, OR if you’re coming during rainy season. You can also arrange a shuttle van from the airport via your accommodations.
MI OLA has got you covered, literally and figuratively. To learn more about surf science, check out our blog posts on swell, how waves are formed, how wind affects waves or what makes a wave a left or a right. We also have super handy surf guides from all around the world, written by our local ambassadors, so if you are headed on a surf trip be sure to check them out!
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