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Nosara Area Regional Surf Guide


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Nosara Area Regional Surf Guide

Nosara is a beach town situated on the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica. It is one of oldest fishing communities Nosara Area Regional Surf Guideof Costa Rica and even though it is a popular tourist destination, it lacks any direct development and still has its Blue Flag status. The shores have a large population of Olive Ridley and Leatherback Turtles that resulted in a formation of Ostional Wildlife Refuge for the protection of the species. Nosara features three stunning beaches Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, and Playa Ostional which are renowned for their surfing opportunities.

Surf Breaks

    Playa Nosara

    Playa Nosara has a fantastic beach break. It features barreling waves with high peaks and shallow rock reef that breaks to the left. On the northern side, Playa Pelada has a rocky reef break but it is not very consistent and the beach is very crowded. North to Playa Nosara, Playa Ostional is situated featuring a reef break which is best ridden during the high tides.

    Playa Ostional

    Playa Ostional is located just north to Playa Nosara. Famous as a nesting beach for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Playa Ostional also offers excellent surfing opportunities to all sorts of surfers. It features a beach break with fast, hollow and powerful waves. The months from December to March are the best. During the nesting seasons, surfing is not allowed on the beach. Watch out for rip currents and undertows.

    Playa Guiones

    Playa Guiones is a splendid white sand beach in Nosara stretching over a span of 7 kilometers. Housing Nosara’s most popular hotels and restaurants, Playa Guiones is an ideal beach for tourists. The weather is superb, the shores clean and waves strong and smooth. Nosara has many amazing surf destinations but most surf enthusiasts who visit the town for surfing go straight for Playa Guiones. It is known to have one of the most consistent waves in Costa Rica.

    Playa Garza

    Playa Garza is a secluded beach featuring outside and inside reef breaks that peel to both directions. The waves are inconsistent and unreliable but when the tide is high, the waves are known to get chest high and bigger. When swells from southwest and south are 2 feet overhead, the northern and southern ends of the shore offer best waves to ride especially at low to mid tide. Playa Garza is hardly ever crowded because of its irregular waves, but if you happen to be in the area, the beach is worth to stop by.

    Playa Pelada

    Playa Pelada is situated on northern side. It has a rocky reef break which is quite inconsistent and crowded. The beach has many tide pools, caves and rocky coves. Playa Pelada is best surfed during northern swells at incoming high tides


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