Driving Directions

Liberia (2-3 hours)
• Out of the airport, take a right.driving directions
• Follow this road about 50 kilometers to the town of Nicoya.
• Take a right at the Nicoya intersection going through the town.
• Continue straight through the town of Nicoya on the “main road”, no turns. Follow signs to Nosara, when you come to intersections you will be turning right.
• You will drive for about 30-40 minutes on this paved road until you see a large gas station on the left of this highway. It’s the last chance for gas. Fill her up! ** They only take cash ( U.S. or colones. )
• Just past the gas station, the highway curves sharply left. At the apex of the curve, turn right, heading downhill, onto a small dirt road which leads to Nosara.
• It’s 24 km to Nosara on this road but the drive takes 1 – 1 1/2hours, plus or minus. The road twists and turns going through several small towns and villages. Stay on the “main” road and you’re fine. For example in Barco Quebrada, turn right at the T-intersection in order to stay on the main road—it should be marked. Occasionally signs marking km to Nosara will appear. Take your time, the roads are bumpy.
• Arrival at the beach area Nosara will be made obvious by signs. When you see a sign for Playa Guiones then you have arrived.
• Coconut Harry’s surf shop is located on the main road on the right side when you enter Playa Guiones which is the first beach in the Playa Nosara area. It looks like a big tiki hut with surfboards out front. You can’t miss it.

San Jose (4-5 hours)
• Take the main Interamerican Highway (Carretera Interamericana) North (heading past the Juan Santamaria airport, northwest towards Guanacaste Province). Follow sign to San Ramon but you are not going to San Ramon..
• For several hours, the highway winds up and down the mountains of the Central Valley. Eventually the highway flattens and straightens into a more direct northerly course.
• After a couple of hours on the flat part of the highway, signs for Puntarenas appear. Stay on the highway and watch and follow the signs for the new Puente de Amistad bridge over the Tempisque River. Follow the bridge signs that are positioned on the right side of the highway for a left turn (note: there is a Shell station on the corner here).
• Now that you’ve crossed the bridge, you are on the Nicoya Peninsula.
• Follow the signs and the paved road towards City of Nicoya.
• Take a left turn at the intersection with a 4-way red flashing light, which will take you into Nicoya.
• Go straight through town without turning, and continue southward on the main paved road for approximately 30 KM.
• Note: the large gas station on the left of this highway is the last chance for gas. Fill her up!
• Just past the gas station, the highway curves sharply left. At the apex of the curve, turn right, heading downhill, onto a small dirt road which leads to Nosara.
• It’s 24 km to Nosara on this road but the drive takes 1 1/2hours, plus or minus. The road twists and turns going through several small towns and villages. Stay on the “main” road and you’re fine. For example in Barco Quebrada, turn right at the T-intersection in order to stay on the main road—it should be marked. Occasionally signs marking km to Nosara will appear.
• Arrival at the beach area Nosara/ Playa Guiones will be made obvious by signs for. Hotels, restaurants, hotels, and so forth.
• Coconut Harrys surf shop is located on the main road on the right side when you enter Playa Guiones which is the first beach in the Playa Nosara area. It looks like a big tiki hut with surfboards out front. You can’t miss it.
• The Harmony Hotel is located on Playa Guiones. From the Hotel Cafe de Paris, which will be located eventually on the left, turn left and go another 200 meters towards the beach.

General Road Trip Notes
• Have $200 changed into colones in San Jose (possible to do at many airports from the U.S. as well as the airport in San Jose). Colones will be required for your road-trip money, but once you get to Nosara dollars are accepted most everywhere.
• Costa Ricans (Ticos) are very friendly. However ask “Donde es Nosara?” for reliable directions only from drivers, particularly truck and 4×4 drivers. People who work at gas stations are not necessarily good sources of road information.
• The actual town of Nosara (Nosara Centro) with groceries, medical care, city services, and shopping is another 5 kilometers away and further inland from the Beaches of Nosara.