Nosara is a magical place that is best known as a mecca for yoga and surfing enthusiasts that are drawn to the area because of its natural beauty and environmentally conscious community. Nosara is on the Nicoya Peninsula in the province of Guanacaste. This area is known for gorgeous sunsets, consistent waves for surfing in warm water, howler monkeys, mass nestings of olive ridley sea turtles (arribadas), cattle ranching and subsistence agriculture and so much more. There are many reserves in the area, so wildlife is still abundant and development on the beach is very limited. There are no big resorts or chain restaurants. It is the perfect place to reconnect with nature, horses and a slower pace of life.
Nicoya (the canton that Nosara is within) is also one of five blue zones in the world. Blue Zones are regions of the world where a higher than usual number of people live much longer than average.
Nosara is located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica. We recommend flying into the Liberia airport (LIR) which is about a three hour drive to Nosara. Transportation to and from the Liberia airport is included for all retreats. If you choose to fly into the San Jose airport (SJO), we recommend taking a short commuter flight here via Nature Air. More information is available on our FAQ page.
Nosara is a small town with limited paved roads. The town can be characterized as having two main beach communities (Playa Guiones and Playa Pelada) and the main town of Nosara which is a little more inland.
Our guests stay at The Finca, a 150-acre ranch with two villas, a jungle lodge and stables and pastures below. The Finca is about a ten minute drive to Playa Pelada and a twenty minute drive to Playa Guiones. When guests stay at the Finca, the horses come with us and stay down the hill from the villas.
There are essentially two seasons on the Nicoya Peninsula - a dry season and a green season. The dry season runs from about mid-November to April; it generally does not rain during this period and remains warm day and night. From April to August it is normal to have afternoon thunderstorms moving through the area, but it is also a beautiful time to visit as the jungle turns a vibrant green and the dust settles. September and October are characterized by heavy rains and as such we will not be hosting retreats during this period.
The following travel website provides a good description and maps of Nosara and its beach communities: www.nicoyapeninsula.com.