THE VIBE

The little town of Nosara, Costa Rica is a super cute seaside town. We are a bit obsessed with this surfer paradise. I predict this town is going to blow up in popularity in the next few years due to its surfer/ hipster vibe. There isn’t a whole lot to do in Nosara unless you are a surfer or interested in yoga, but there are plenty of cool day trips nearby. 

We personally love it here for just relaxing away from the crowds of tourists.

Now on to the rest of the Nosara Costa Rica budget travel guide!

NOSARA BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE: CLIMATE

The most popular time to visit Nosara Costa Rica is between the end of December through early May. This is dry season in Nosara. You can expect extremely hot weather and no rain.

We like to visit this area between May through mid-August. At that time of year, you will likely have a daily afternoon thunderstorm, but there are fewer tourists,

From mid-August through mid-December you can expect the temperature to cool off a bit and more rain.

A lot of hotels close between August and December because there just isn’t enough demand.

NOSARA BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE: TRANSPORTATION INFO

GETTING TO NOSARA

Nosara is not the easiest to access. It will take you about three hours to drive there from Liberia and almost five hours from San Jose. Both routes start out nice, but you will end your drive on narrow roads. In some places, it can be almost impassable after heavy rains.

If you plan on making this drive, definitely rent something with 4 wheel drive and good clearance.

We suggest using Adobe because they are the most trustworthy rental car company in this country and we have a 10% discount for you. You can read more about renting a car here.

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There is a public bus from Liberia that runs every 30 minutes to Nicoya. The ride takes about two hours. From Nicoya, there is a bus that runs about every 1.5 hours to Nosara and takes two hours.

From San Jose there is one bus a day which leaves at 5:30 am and takes six hours.

Pro Tip: If you plan on taking the bus download the free app Off The Grid Traveler for bus schedules and locations.  

We suggest renting a car for driving to Nosara because you will want a car once there.

GETTING AROUND IN NOSARA:

The downtown area of Nosara is small and easy to get around by foot. There are also little tuk tuk’s that you can get a ride on to get around.

We like to have a car because, besides surfing and eating, there’s not a whole lot to do in Nosara. Having a car gives us the flexibility to explore all the nice nearby beaches (and there are a lot of them).

We always rent with Adobe because they are the only rental car company in Costa Rica which we fully trust. Unfortunately, Adobe does not have an office in Nosara so it is not possible to take the public bus and then rent a car once there.

We have a 10% rental car discount for you! You can read more about it here.

NOSARA BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE - ACTIVITIES

Walk the beach: The beach in Nosara is super long. You could walk for hours and hours while watching all the surfers in the water.

Take a surfing lesson: Nosara is a surfers paradise and taking a surfing lesson is a must do while here. There are several shops along the main road which offer lessons and rent boards.

Pro tip: Rent a board from the shops closest to the beach so you don’t have to lug the board as far.

See sea turtles: Near Nosara, there is a beach called Playa Osteonal where turtles swim up to lay their eggs. They tend to come pretty sporadically between July/ August and then again between December/ January. If you are lucky enough to be there during that time, definitely go and see if you can check them out. It’s an absolutely amazing experience.

Take a yoga class: There are several yoga studios in the Nosara area which offer drop in classes. We personally like Bodhi Tree because it is seriously beautiful. Plus they have areal yoga. You can check out their schedule here.

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NOSARA BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE - FIND ACCOMMODATIONS

There are unfortunately not a lot of cheap accommodation options in Nosara. Definitely, check out Airbnb before booking something here. You can usually get a better deal at a nice place that way. Here are a few hotels we like, but they are not necessarily budget friendly options.

Villa Mango: You can expect to pay about $70 a night for a double room with breakfast included. There is also a nice pool with an amazing view on site.

Bella Vista Mar: For about $60 a night you can get a triple room with breakfast included. The view here is ridiculous and there is a nice pool on site for guests.

Living Hotel: For about $50 a night you can stay in a nice double room near the beach. Breakfast is not included, but there is a really nice pool.

 

We have also had good luck with Airbnb in Nosara. Definitely check that out as well!

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NOSARA BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE - PLACES TO EAT

It’s hard to find cheap restaurants in Nosara Costa Rica, which is why we suggest getting a place to stay where you can cook. Here are our fave spots (but they are not necessarily cheap).

Burgers and Beers: Definitely not the cheapest (a burger will run you around $16) but really tasty. Plus they have quality beer, which is always important. 🙂

Rosi’s Soda Tica: Great typical Costa Rican food at a good price. This place is super cozy and cute.

10Pies: Really good quality food. It’s not the cheapest, but the quality is worth it. A great lunch or dinner spot.

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Damon Cottrell

Hey there!!! Im trying to put together a “per day” budget for my wife and I. We have airfare, and a house booked on Airbnb….Just trying to figure out between food and spending how to make sure we have enough for 10 days. Just not sure how to figure it all out. Thanks!!

Brittany

What other beach spots near Nosara do you suggest checking out? Also what other things can we check out near Nosara? We have rented a car with adobe.

james balzano jr.

I first visited Nosara 28 years ago. I instantly fell in love with the place. I felt like I was stepping back in time. There were horses tied up outside bars and restaurants. That was the major source of transportation. The drive here took us over 8 hours. Driving through 11 rivers on a trip with no pavement on the road upon leaving Nicoya. There was only one hotel at the beach, which is still there but it is empty most of the time. Now, everything is brand new in Nosara, with the recent development. You now have a luxurious… Read more »