I took a selfie shortly after getting off the tiny plane that took me from San Jose to Nosara and was almost in shock after looking at it…in just the 20 minutes it took to get from the airport to my apartment, I’d developed an undeniable “glow”.
There’s some really special energy in this little Costa Rican beach town. Here’s a breakdown of how I spent my time:
Day 1: Playa Guiones & Tica Massage
Playa Guiones is a stunning, clean, undeveloped beach at the heart of the Nosara area. The waves can be a bit rough, but at low tide in the morning, it’s perfect for splashing around, and, as my grandmother says, taking a “sea bath.” No beach vendors, and in October, no crowds! Also, I tossed all my “green season” fears of being inundated by rain out the window: we had plenty of sunshine, with only brief rain showers in the afternoons, and occasionally evenings.
Also, if you’re ever in the Nosara area, you MUST go see Veronica at Tica Massage. Hands down, the best deep tissue massage I’ve ever received. $75 USD.
Day 2: Mala Noche Waterfall
I don’t even have the words to truly describe this waterfall tour. We started with a medicinal plant walk in gorgeous private gardens, spotted howler monkeys and iguanas, and ended with a hike/climb to the waterfall.
There’s a place to swim at the base, but our guides took us up higher to additional gorgeous pools and falls. A little climbing activity to get there, which was new for me, but for someone pretty inexperienced, the climb part wasn’t hard at all. We ended with being served fresh coconut water and pineapple–bonus that Alan and David were such funny, resourceful and engaging guides. If you’re thinking about this tour, highly recommend booking with Experience Nosara.
Day 3: Guiones Tide Pool & Juice Bar at Harmony Hotel
A friend who has lived in Nosara for several years told me to walk a bit further down the beach at Playa Guiones to get to the tide pool, and I couldn’t have been happier playing like a mermaid in the water all morning.
The pool was magical, and a nourishing lunch at Harmony Hotel’s delicious juice bar was the perfect follow up.
Where I stayed: Nosara Beach House
A cute collection of apartment like suites, just steps away from the beach. Pricing was super affordable ($70 USD/night, negotiate for less if you’re staying more than a few days) during the green season, but my room wasn’t quite what expected based on the stellar TripAdvisor reviews. Nothing was a deal-breaker however, and it was very clean. The grounds and pool area were stunning, and the proximity to the beach and favorable pricing makes it a “yes” to staying here again on future visits.
The best part about staying at this hotel was the path to the beach, a short, windy walk as the dense jungle terrain yields to the sandy beach path. So beautiful–taking this walk multiple times a day was one of the highlights of my entire trip.