our affair may have been brief
but you left an impression.
You charmed me
with your endlessly
You satisfied my every longing for home
with Vietnamese vermicelli bowls
bulk raw nuts
and organic healthy smoothies.
You inspired me to become the surfer girl
on the outside
we both know I am
on the inside.
You grounded me
by helping me move
with the flow
of your incredible yoga.
You brought peace to my heart
by allowing me to hypnotically stare
as the sun set
behind your beautiful sea.
Thank you Playa Guiones, Nosara.
I think I love you.
Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$5-15 for entrees
Fresh salads, delicious grilled seafood, and a BBQ on Thursday nights, Kaya Sol offers delicious, healthy, affordable gringo fare.
Stock up on organic produce, all natural nut butters, handmade pasta, and bulk foods at this little market at the top of town.
$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.
$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.
$15 per day to rent a surfboard, $45 for a 1.5 hour lesson from a certified instructor
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