I Might Be in Love With Nosara, Costa Rica -

I Might Be in Love With Nosara, Costa Rica

4U Hostel Nosara


Dear Nosara


Playa Guiones surfing


our affair may have been brief


Dos Pochotes Nosara


but you left an impression.


Playa Guiones


You charmed me


Playa Guiones


with your endlessly


Playa Guiones


expansive shore.


Dos Pochotes Nosara


You satisfied my every longing for home


Dos Pochotos Vermicelli Bowl


with Vietnamese vermicelli bowls


Salad in Nosara


bulk raw nuts


Harmony Hotel Nosara


and organic healthy smoothies.


Playa Guiones


You inspired me to become the surfer girl


Playa Guiones


on the outside


Costa Rica Surfer Girl


we both know I am


Surfer Girl Nosara


on the inside.


Playa Guiones


You grounded me


Nosara beach handstand


by helping me move


Acro yoga Nosara


with the flow


Acro Yoga Nosara


of your incredible yoga.


Playa Guiones Sunset


You brought peace to my heart


Playa Guiones Sunset Surfer


by allowing me to hypnotically stare


Playa Guiones Sunset


as the sun set


Playa Guiones Sunset Horses


behind your beautiful sea.


Playa Guiones Sunset Surfer


Thank you Playa Guiones, Nosara.


Playa Guiones Sunset


I think I love you.



Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica




4U Hostal

$18 for a dorm bed, $25 for a private, $40 for the cabin

Don’t let the silly name fool you, 4U Hostal in Playa Guiones is the nicest hostel I have ever stayed in. In the world. The owners put attention on every detail when designing this space (and this is coming from an interior design people!) The bathrooms have large roomy hot water showers with individual cubbies for each guest’s towel and toiletries. Dorm rooms have ample storage for clothes including hangers and shelving. The large kitchen has every tool you would ever need to concoct a gourmet meal. Out in the garden is a space for your morning yoga, a terrace with hammocks, and big plush outdoor sofas for reading. The owners, Marco and Carole are sweet as mangos. Simply put, it is budget traveler heaven.


Kaya Sol Surf Hotel

$13-15 for a dorm bed 

For the best budget option, stay at Kaya Sol Surf Hotel. Dorm rooms are simple and come equipping with a kitchen and dining area. The hostel is steps from the beach and has a great restaurant in front.


Harmony Hotel

$350 for a private bungalow

If luxury is what you seek, find it at Harmony Hotel. Bungalows sit in a beautiful zen garden surrounding a swimming pool. The restaurant serves healthy, delicious, organic food and fresh juices. Find relaxation at the spa, or in one of their world class yoga sessions.




Dos Pochotes

$7-15 for entrees

Many of you may know that it can be impossible to find good Asian food traveling in Central and South America. Being from Seattle I often experience withdrawal and long for Thai, Vietnamese, and sushi from back home. Dos Pochotes, new to the restaurant scene in Playa Guiones, offers not only delicious Asian food for Costa Rica, but for anywhere. I ordered the tofu vermicelli bowl, which rivaled the ones served at Green Leaf and Long Provincial in Seattle, with fried crispy shallots, bright spicy fish sauce, and satisfying crumbles of peanut. The fish salad was even better, with a fresh piece of seared, glazed mahi mahi atop a salad of shaved miso dressed veggies.


Kaya Sol

$5-15 for entrees

Fresh salads, delicious grilled seafood, and a BBQ on Thursday nights, Kaya Sol offers delicious, healthy, affordable gringo fare.


Organico Grocery Store

Stock up on organic produce, all natural nut butters, handmade pasta, and bulk foods at this little market at the top of town.











Nosara Yoga Institute

$10 for a drop in class

Up in the hills away from the main road is the Treetop Studio at the famous Nosara Yoga Institute. NYI put yoga on the map in this little Costa Rican town. Walk the winding path through the forest into their beautiful, intimate space for drop in classes. Come for sunset flow and watch the sky light on fire through the jungle.


Harmony Hotel

$12 for a drop in class

Across from the zen pool covered in lotus flowers is the open air yoga studio at Harmony Hotel. They offer a wide variety of courses including Yin and an incredible Dynamic Flow class led by Shayna. The location is prime, right in the center of town.


Coconut Harry’s

$15 per day to rent a surfboard, $45 for a 1.5 hour lesson from a certified instructor


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  1. Thank you for the accomodation links. They are super for me to follow up when I put my plan into action!

  2. OH MAN i have been waiting for an update! i wanted to pack my bag and head your way as i was reading! i don’t think i’ll ever be able to live out such a huge adventure, so once again, thank you for sharing. have fun. be safe.

  3. Just reading this post left me glowing. I’ve got to get to Nosara in my lifetime–what a dream location!

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  5. After reading your post, I’m kind of wanting to move there too!! Do you have any idea what a monthly rental would run for a 2 bedroom place? Need a roommate? Haha

    • I’m not sure! It’s definitely pricey compared to the rest of the country but I will let you know what I find out :)

      • Perfect!! Thank you! What else did you like it about it? Are there any open air markets? And what kind of people live there? LOL sorry for all the questions!

        • I was only there for a few days, so I didn’t experience a ton. There MUST be open air markets, and there is an organic grocery store. It’s no whole foods but it does the trick! The people there are mostly Americans. Lots of yogis and surfers, 30’s and 40’s, families. The community is very health focused. It’s a really mellow town with little to no partying. And it feels very very safe.

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  7. HI, I love your story! Please tell me, I am wanting to book at 4You Hostal for two nights, and they require me to wire them a transfer of $100, as they dont take credit cards. Makes me think they a re not legit, ….
    It look s like a fantastic place! Do comment, thank you!

    • Camille Willemain Says: January 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Thank you Sophie! Hm I stayed there so I can tell you they are definitely legit but I can understand your hesitation in wiring the money. I too have experienced this with vacation rentals in Costa Rica. Perhaps they can accept paypal? I think we just showed up with no reservation and they had space. Otherwise check out Kaya del Sol.

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  9. Such beautiful pics! I’m going to live in Nosara at the beginning of March. I was already pretty darn excited, but this post has tipped me over the edge! I can hardly wait! Thanks so much. You made my day :) Bryony

  10. Great photos! I was just in Nosara — absolutely love this cute boho beach town.

  11. Hi I am heavily debating my 3 day stay in either Nosara vs samara. I am going w 2 kids ages 3 & 7 and we are coming from a3 day stay in la fortuna. Ant thoughts would be appreciated!

    • Camille Willemain Says: November 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Hey love you can find all of my recommendations for Costa Rica in my ebook The Ultimate Guide to Costa Rica :) Hope you have a wonderful trip! xoxo

  12. Going to Nosara next week for a week but can’t decide where to stay. I’m 34 and traveling solo. Want to be around like-minded travelers but not a college hangout. Would you recommend staying at a hostel or one of the hotels? Let me know! Thanks!!!

    • Camille Willemain Says: March 17, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Hey Jen, I recommend you stay in one of the nicer hostels, Hostel 4U has more mature travelers for sure. Not a party hostel by any means.

  13. Jack corscadden Says: May 1, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Hey love the blog, I’m currently in Liberia and want to make my way slowly towards Santa Teresa. I’m just wondering how did you travel between the small towns on the Pacific coast ? The public buses seem to be really awkward to get around there

    • Camille Willemain Says: May 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Hey Jack, ya it’s a tough one! If you want to get to the smaller beach towns you’re best bet is to rent a car. I hope you find all that you seek <3

  14. Do you have any suggestions for long term rentals in nosara/playa garza?