Top 10 Best Things to Do in Nosara, Costa Rica You Can’t Miss

One of the Costa Rica places that I love the most and can never get over it is Nosara. It is a cool place known as the wellness capital of the country. This is a place to recharge, relax and enjoy nature. So, if you’re thinking about what else you can do here, I got you covered. Check out these amazing things to do in Nosara, Costa Rica, this area is one of the favorite places to visit for a lot of people.

Visiting Nosara to relax is definitely one of the best things to do in Costa Rica, this way you can enjoy what the country has to offer, nature in an incredible National Park, and the unique things to do Nosara have to offer.

I lived in Costa Rica for years, and even after moving to Guatemala, I go back frequently for visits. It is a beautiful country that is really close to my heart. With tons to explore over and over again.

Things to Do in Nosara

Things to Do in Nosara, Costa Rica

1. Yoga

I don’t practice yoga on a regular basis, but I have been to a couple of classes and love it. I can definitely see what all the surrounding hype is all about. Just one class can make me feel new. In Nosara, you will find tons of people and hotels offering classes

2. Surfing

Unless you are an expert swimmer and know how to handle currents, swimming on Nosara’s beaches isn’t the best idea. However, that’s exactly what makes it such a good place for learning how to surf, or practicing if you are already an expert.

3. The Nosara Biological Reserve

This is a 90-acre reserve of well-maintained and marked trails. It is a great place to enjoy searching for Costa Rica wildlife like Howler monkeys, anteaters, coatis, iguanas, and even colorful butterflies.

4. Relaxing at the beach

Take some time off from all the fun activities offered in the area to just relax and sit on the beach with a tasty drink and a good book to enjoy the beauty of the place.

5. River Safari

Go on board one of the boat tours along the two nearby rivers. These tours take you through mangroves where crocodiles, iguanas, and monkeys hide on the shores. Keep your eyes open. How many did you see?

6. The Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary

They do the amazing labor of rescuing, rehabilitating, releasing, and protecting sick, injured or abandoned native animals. So show them some support by visiting them and paying for the small entrance fee. You will learn a lot about local wildlife.

7. Kayaking Tour

This is another fun way to explore the local rivers. It is somewhat like the safari tour, but in this one, you get to go at your own pace through the mangroves.

8. Snorkeling at Playa Garza

The white sand in and around the beach as well as the crystal clear water allows for a fun and safe adventure while exploring the underwater life of the area.

9. Spa treatments

These are as common as the yoga classes that I mentioned above. Some are set in amazing buildings overlooking the stunning beach. So don’t leave Nosara without experiencing a relaxing massage while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding beach.

10. Horseback Riding

There are many places to enjoy this activity in Costa Rica, but one of the best places to do it is in Nosara. You’ll be riding a horse down a tropical beach and jungle on the same trip, it’s a unique experience with amazing views. Horses are well trained and well cared, so you don’t need to worry. If you get to try this, make sure you do the sunset ride, which is one of the most popular.

Where is Nosara located?

Nosara is located on the Pacific Ocean side of Costa Rica, in the north of Guanacaste province. It sits 150 miles to the west of San Jose. One of the biggest draws of this region is the fact that’s recognized as one of the seven Blue Zones in the whole world.

How to Get There

There are many ways to get there, by bus, rental, or flying to Liberia Airport, which is one of the closest cities. The best way and faster is to get to Liberia and drive from there to Nosara, it will take you 2.5 hours to 3 hours to get there. If you are coming from San Jose, you can take a bus or drive by yourself in a 4-6h drive.

Where to Stay?

As you can expect from a beach town and one of the hot spots for wellness and retreat, there are many accommodations options to choose from. Here is my favorite option:

Green Sanctuary Hotel: An eco-friendly hotel that offers a spa, yoga, and surfing. Created with well-being in mind, this hotel has all the amenities any traveler needs for a comfortable stay, from free parking and free breakfast to free Wi-Fi and a pool. The rooms and bathrooms are clean and have all you need, an air conditioner, mini bar, and toiletries.

Bonus: For the most part, Costa Rican traditional food, homemade food is pretty healthy and can easily be turned into vegetarian or vegan. So don’t miss the experience of visiting a traditional Soda (local eatery).

For more fun information about this amazing region of Costa Rica check out this review of the Harpers Baazar Costa Rica Trip Report by a local.

Last Updated on January 24, 2023

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