The top 8 best new things to check out in Nosara for 2015-2016 Season!!

The 2015 / 16 season has kicked off with a bang, and as visitor numbers increase so does the number of new business offerings from the Nosara community. From a range of new eateries through to a number of exciting new activities the list of things to do and places to go increases season by season. In light of this the Nosara Real Estate Report has put together a list of the top 8 new things we feel to be an essential part of any Nosara travel itinerary.


Nosara Mountain Biking

MBCWhen was the last time you heard the phrase “I just spent an hour on the treadmill and had such a blast?” In all likelihood – never. After signing up for Nosara’s latest outdoor pursuit you’ll see that for every lung squeezing, leg burning mountain slope you climb the descent that lies on the other side more than justifies the pain. Despite Nosara being famed as an “outdoor adventurers paradise” what many visitors overlook is the beauty on their doorstep a mere bike ride away, and there’s no better way to experience this than atop of a mountain bike, with the only sounds being the cries of the jungle and your own breath. If you’re looking to hit the mountains then leave your gadgets at home, forget your troubles, call local mountain biking prodigy Ricardo Moraga and get out there and experience both the beauty of the ride, and the true beauty of the Nosara landscape.

Location: Office located on the road running behind Kaya Sol Hotel

Call: 8880-2470


Cafe Fiore

fioreIn a small corner of North Guiones one person has taken a small space and indisputably proved two things. First, that size doesnt matter. Second, that the only thing that’s important is the food. And the food at Cafe Fiore speaks for itself. On the strength of such delectable dishes as the eggplant parmesan, or the fuego sandwich (among a wide range of other delicious sandwiches), or even the incredible cappuccinos, Cafe Fiore has built up a religious following among locals and tourists. The food is unbeatable, the prices reasonable, and the portions more than enough to get you fully stocked on the carbs you’ll need for a day battling the waves.

** Editors Note – Being From New Jersey/ New York, we take our Italian sandwiches very seriously. I can say that the “New Jersey” sandwich – A.K.A “Mortadella and Mutz”, is on par or better than any sandwhich place in NYC or Hoboken NJ. Nicola makes his heritage known and this is truly a gem of a joint to have opened up. It is only dangerous to your waistlines, but your tastebuds will thank you. This is our TOP PICK for new restaurants in Guiones this year. ***

Location: Opposite Mini Super Delicias and Nosara Pura Vida SUP school.

Call: 8869-1469

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Iguana Pool Bar

GIPThe Gilded Iguana pool bar has always been famed as a great place to hang out and sip cocktails, thus making it one of the main daytime draws for local families and tourists. After changing format over previous seasons it’s recently been relaunched and is back to it’s former greatness. The Gilded Iguana pool bar is the perfect location to for an apres-surf smoothie accompanied by a refreshing dip in the pool to the sound of some laid back beats.

Location: Directly behind The Gilded Iguanas parking area

Call: 2682-0259


Rosies 2

Huevos-RancherosWith Playa Guiones eateries popping up at an unprecedented rate competition grows stronger by the day, however, there remains one place that stands alone. Whether it’s down to the food (always fantastic) the prices (a reminder that you are actually in Central America) or the service (every meal comes with an ample side sprinkling of love) no trip to Nosara is complete without experiencing the only place in town where you can eat genuine Costa Rican food at real Costa Rican prices. However that statement rosiesisn’t entirely true, because now there’s Rosies’ 2, and for North side guests and residents who previously couldn’t make the trek over to Central Guiones, the good news is that now the best Casados in Guanacaste is right on their doorstep. In the short time since opening its new premises opposite the Gilded Iguana Rosies 2 is already a huge hit and it’s not hard to see why. The Casados are as delicious and plentiful as they ever where and the Huevos Rancheros remain as famously appetizing as before. In fact, the only thing that’s changed is the location. Don’t leave town without experiencing this place.


Location: The corner opposite The Gilded Iguana on the path to Guiones North

Call: 2530-1363

Nosara Pura Vida Stand Up Paddle

npv2Whether it be through National Geographic, The New York Times, or even independent local publications, little remains unwritten in regard to the calibre of surfable waves available at Playa Guiones and it’s surrounding beaches. However, in addition to over 300 surfable days a year and waves to suit varying abilities, Nosara also boasts the Reserva Biologica river mouth and a multitude of coastal nooks waiting to be explored. These features make the perfect platform for Stand Up Paddling, and slowly but surely there’s a new demographic visiting Nosara to partake in this exciting sport. Enter Nosara Pura Vida npvStand up paddle school and store; the brainchild of two local brothers Oscar and Ramon. Located opposite Minisuper Delicias their new Stand Up Paddle store stocks all that sup’pers could want, as well as regular surf equipment and offers tailored vacation packages to suit a range of abilities. The newly opened cafe is a great place to hang out and have a fresh smoothie after a stand up session.

Location: North Guiones next to the ReMax office, and opposite Cafe Fiore

Call: 2682-0207 / 8822-8402


Nosara kids camp

nkc1Nosara Kids Camp was created to give parents the chance to enjoy Nosara safe in the knowledge that their kids were having the time of their lives under the watchful auspices of a group of trained counselors. After many years teaching children in local and private schools, local girl Paola Barrera decided the time was ripe to open a service which offers children the chance to experience all that Nosara has to offer, including surf lessons, Spanish lessons, snorkelling, art, waterfall visits and fun at the beach. Nosara Kids Camp also places a heavy emphasis on community interaction and offers participants the chance to NKCget involved in local projects. The program includes visits to local schools where kids can immerse themselves in activities and interact with local children. Nosara kids camp is a great opportunity for kids to get a true feel for Costa Rica and since opening in November 2015 the project is already a storming success.

Location: Nosara Kids Camp office is located at Gabis Play, next to the Living Hotel

Call: 8617 3603

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Pilates Nosara @ Bodhi Tree

PNIn 2011 Page Sieffert decided to make Nosara her permanent home, and brought with her a wealth of knowledge acquired from years of massage and Pilates training. After a long and successful run of operating the Pilates studio at Heart of Guiones wellness center Page she then changed the base of operations to Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort. Since opening it’s proved just as popular as it’s previous incarnation, with all participants happy to be receiving the same calibre of training in a truly spectacular environment. If you’re looking to tone up under the guidance of one of the best in the business call now to find out about class schedules.

Location: Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort. K Section, next to Nosara Yoga Institute

Call: 2682-0256


Guiones North Surf Photos

gnspFor a long time the only option for those wishing to return home with a photo of themselves shredding in the surf has been to paddle out at the main entrance and hope a snap of them riding the waves appears on social media. In order to fill the gap, local photographer Diego Fonseca Flores is now stationed at the North Entrance every morning busily shooting the morning surf crew. To find out whether you made the cut visit the ‘Guiones North Surf Photos’ page on facebook. For free originals stop by the ReMax office where you can pick up the ultimate surf souvenir of your visit to Playa Guiones.

Location: Playa Guiones North Entrance. Photos available at ReMax office.

Call: 2682-0132

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Selling Nosara – Part 1 – 1973 American Medical News Promotional Article!


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In the late 1960s, a North American property developer named Alan Hutcheson, having grown jaded with the rising prices of land on the Caribbean islands he’d spent the previous decade developing decided to look for somewhere new. The “somewhere new” he found was Playa Guiones.

The plan was simple; relate the untouched beauty, and share the stunning photos with New York City’s finest marketing minds and let them have at it.  Have at it they did, and lo and behold, the slice of undisturbed paradise previously unbeknownst to all but a few intrepid ranchers, a handful of locals, and a whole load of howler monkeys hit the headlines. Readers of the New York Times, alongside readers of various highbrow lifestyle publications liked what they saw, and the phones of the sales office began to ring with the same fever that the mailman began delivering the completed coupons at the end of the piece (see the end of the article).

The phrase “the rest is history” although apt, tends to leave an information vacuum. Via the coming series of soon to be released articles, Nosara Real Estate Report intends to try and fill some of that gap by releasing a wealth of material that has come into our possession. This material offers readers a fascinating glimpse into the early days of Nosara and Playa Guiones as a residential community for the adventurously affluent.

Here at Nosara Real Estate Report we strive to share solid information concerning the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of past, present and future property prices, and the information contained both herein and to come contain insight regarding why property here is the price it is. People often come to Nosara under the illusion that property prices are low, however tracing these prices back to their roots is an important step to understanding the current climate. The original property buyers contained a large number of trust funders and social elites who often used their property ‘deep in the as Central American jungle” as little more than cocktail party conversation pieces to brag about among the upper echelon of New York social circles. Little did the original developer know, that people would not just show up to buy these properties, but that they would also come to build homes, businesses, and lives in Nosara as expat residents. If this sounds like an overly bold statement we invite you to read this ongoing series of material and see for yourself. The first article in this series features a press release that was published in January 1973 in the American Medical News. What follows has been reproduced verbatim. As well as offering a unique insight into a bygone era in which the written word was still considered an art form, it provides invaluable knowledge for anyone who ever wondered how this all began. Enjoy,,,and stay tuned for the next installment…..COMING SOON!!


American Medical News- January 22nd, 1973

The following text has been reproduced verbatim. To view an image 
of the original material, click the photo in the introduction.

“Truly, wouldn’t you like to run away here to this garden of ours? Doesn’t your bruised spirit need the soft touch of loving people, your tense body the spray of pure, clean air filtered by sunshine? Don’t you long for a place where everyday is gentle summer, where tree wrapped mountains stretch 12,500 feet into the sky, where tumbling streams and waterfalls and wave lapped beaches beg to heal you?

In all truth isn’t it a sort of self-destruction to accept without demur (as maybe you do) the dank cheerless clutch of winter cold – the wintry faces of cheerless people?

BON-345So we ask you again: wouldn’t you like to run away here to a place of your own in this nature blessed country, inhabited by a people who deserve every bit of the beauty they’ve been given? For the astonishing fact is that the Costa Rican people – perhaps like none other on earth – live in peace. All of them, each with the other, live, and work, in PEACE!

Consider them, the 1 ¾  million of them: handsome, gentle, literate, industrious and (phenomenon of our times) kindly – a European-sprung people who are constantly embracing, shaking hands, even with strangers, a people to whom law and order is symbolized by a smiling policeman armed with nothing more menacing than a whistle, directing traffic with a murmured “por favor”. The phrase “law and order” doesn’t have an ominous meaning here. It’s incredible for a foreigner to learn that there is no army in Costa Rica (without an army, Costa Ricans say there is no danger of a military takeover).  The military uniforms are for police and there are more schools than there are uniforms in Costa Rica. Not alone more school children and more school teachers but actually more schools than military uniforms! Amazing! No wonder that Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, having undergone a rather stormy Latin American tour in 1968, exclaimed happily when he finally got to simpatico Costa Rica: “This perfect jewel of a country!”. The NEW YORK TIMES in an editorial on February 5th 1970 headed “Costa Rica’s Example” praises the solid democracy of this tiny country and says in part: “Doing what comes naturally, a half million voters have brought off (Costa Rica’s fifth successive) peaceful presidential election in twenty years.

Yet, it isn’t only each other whom Costa Ricans like. There is no xenophobia here at all: foreigners are warmly welcomed and North Americans, especially, are cherished. Nearly BON-615,000 of us from the U.S. live and prosper in Costa Rica. English is widely spoken, and the word that has been gradually slipping out  in this “jewel of a country”  lies the fulfillment of the wistful dream of so many harassed Americans: the mind picture of that perfect retreat where climate and man are in gentle harmony with each other.

It’s rather astonishing that this spectacularly beautiful country, really not that different from the states, is much less familiar to Americans than the islands of the Caribbean. Almost everyone knows, and many have visited, the grouping of tropical Edens called the West Indies – their fabled greenness, the sparkling waters in which they are set. Yet Costa Rica’s climate has all the balm of its’ island neighbors and is more exhilaratingly varied. The sea that stretches along the east coast of this slender strip of Central America is the Caribbean. Go west less than 150 miles and there is the Pacific – nowhere does this greatest of oceans wash more beautiful shores than Costa Rica’s. Incongruously, some travel writers have called this country “ The Switzerland of Central America”; still it as true that Costa Rica’s mountains are as glorious in their tropical setting as the Alps in their ambience. And, it is further a fact that those mountains aid in making the climate the delight it is. San Jose, the capital is in the central plateau, 3500 feet above, and about midway between the Caribbean and the Pacific. The city’s climate is simply nothing less than perpetual spring with the mean temperature steady at 70 degrees every month of the year. But even at Pacific coast sea level – at our beaches of Nosara, for example – even here the mean annual temperature is only 78 degrees accompanied by humidity so low that is can’t be matched by the Caribbean islands. And not to put down the exotic West Indies, there’s a good deal more of Costa Rica that the islands can’t match. Nature thrives on an immense scale here. Naturalists have identified 762 species of birds (in all of the United States, 130 times Costa Rica’s size, there are 725 varieties). And such birds! Parrots, partridge, cuckoos, toucans along with the wrens, thrushes, orioles, finches. We BON-7have deer, raccoon, monkeys. Costa Rica’s soil is so fertile that Texas cattle ranchers are incredulous  that what would be prized crop acreage in their state is used casually as cattle raising land here. (It has been reported (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL that Lyndon Johnson bought a ranch on the Pacific side of Costa Rica). And what lush growth springs from the soil Great forest of majestic trees; lignum vitae can be so huge that a single tree’s branches can may shelter an entire herd of cattle. There are groves whose boughs bend under the weight of fruit – citrus, mangoes, bananas, coconuts. Costa Rican coffee is unparalleled.  Hundreds of varieties of orchids grow wild. We produce vegetables of a size and flavor such as few North American housewives have ever seen (our portfolio, if you’ll send for it, has photos taken in a market and you’ll find hard to believe those radishes and scallions).

Costa Rica has a record of steady economic progress and every foreigner who has come here is instantly aware that this progress is mounting toward affluence. Clearly, a country of such natural richness and with so extraordinary a people, puts fresh meaning into the overworked word opportunity. Oh, opportunity is here, all right. And for none better than for North Americans. There are no restrictions against private investment and the list of American businesses, small and large, is long. For you who simply want to retire, there are special privileges if you are not a Costa Rican, all you have to prove is a guaranteed income of $325 monthly for you and your wife and you are exempt from paying taxes. San Jose has everything – for the soul as well as the stomach. Opera, symphony, splendid movie houses, theater (it’s national theater, marbled an mirrored, is a graceful replica of L’Opera in Paris). Many doctors and surgeons are from U.S. Medical schools; the hospitals are excellent. You can buy anything in the handsome shops and the cost of BON-8living is joyfully low. T-bone steak, eggs, vegetables, fruits are far below U.S. prices. An elegant Spanish architectural 3 bedroom house can presently be constructed for less than $10,000, and a live in maid and gardener will service it at a combined monthly  wage of $80 for both.

Education is a positive obsession in Costa Rica. There are 2,379 elementary schools with 350,000 children attending, and 112 high schools, art academies, business schools etc. The beautiful complex of the University of Costa Rica has an enrollment of 12,000 students. And the academic standing of the English language schools is very high. The most prestigious of these accommodates North American children at a tuition of $38 a month. And that includes busing to and from school.

San Jose has a fine airport, one of the largest, most comfortable and modern in Central America, and the jet flight from Miami via LACSA or TACA takes about 2 ½ hours and presently costs $182 round trip. For the autoist the drive from the States along the Pan American highway is memorable one; south of Cartago in Costa Rica, the famous road climbs to it’s highest elevation – 10,931 feet.

So it had to happen. Here we are, a group of Americans – land developers. We’d heard of Costa Rica and we came here, instantly to be entranced by it’s beauty and won by it’s people. We knew quite soon – almost like the original Spanish discoverers who gave it the BON-9name “Rich Coast” – that this was the country we’d been looking for. All that remained now was to find the quintessential tract of land that had everything – natural loveliness, serenity, climate, beaches. We found it. We found it in the peninsula of Nicoya directly on the Pacific. And we named this tranquil place….BEACHES OF NOSARA….

We’ve employed many superlatives in this ad – maybe, you’ll suspect, even extravagances. Yet at the risk of once more stretching your bounds of credibility, we say this: that nowhere in the world will you find more glorious beaches than the two miles of beautiful white sand, and unimaginably clean, clear sea that front our property. There is one section that is modestly compared to the best surf Hawaii has to offer; and wonderfully for the less adventurous, there is a long piece where the sea is quiet and even infants can play in the water as it rolls gently onto the sand. If you’re a shell collector you’ll find, day after day, specimens you’ve never before seen. And out from shore are the boating and skin diving, the fishing. A world of fish, a treasure-house for you, if that’s your passion: tuna, dolphin, wahoo, grouper, snapper – the whole catalog, believe it. How rare to discover that today – a pure sea teeming with healthy fish. Yes, as much as anything it was the ocean and the beaches that caused us to choose Nosara.

But then one turns his back on the Pacific and looks out at the land and isn’t that something to see – this rich soil, lushly covered sculpture of hills and valleys! It is big – 3300 acres – but we intend to convert only a part of it to homesites, we’ve brought in BON-10ecologists and other scientists to help us preserve that natural beauty of this place. We have laid about 35 miles of horseriding trails, all within the boundaries of our property. If a precious tree stands in the way of a bulldozer the tree stays; we bend the road around it. If it’s to be a match-up between “progress”; and nature we’ll ride with the trees and the birds.

But of course we’ve brought in the machines and used them. Every site in beaches of Nosara fronts a road. Every home is guaranteed electricity and pure delicious water. We hope to build a superb golf course with 9 holes to be completed next year in 1973. And we BON-11expect to build the first of our tennis courts shortly. We’ve built a charming hotel with club facilities and an airfield to bring you here quickly from San Jose.

We’re not new to this profession. We’ve been developers in the West Indies and we do apreciate those magical islands. But this is the simple truth: no island in the Caribbean can claim what we have in this ad. And when one realizes that some improved sites in the West Indies have now soared to fantastic prices – that one dollar a square foot, $10,000 for a quarter acre is now becoming the rule, then beaches of Nosara becomes almost too good to be true. For the price of our home sites is only 40 cents per square foot, $4000 for a quarter acre, 4% down and 2% a month, with no interest charges! And that includes roads, electricity, water, one year free golf membership, and the unlimited use of the natural paradise that we’ve inherited and are preserving for you.

We’re running out of space and there’s so much more to tell you. Some of you may visit us after reading this message. Most can not. For those we have prepared a thick portfolio. It includes a large color brochure, maps, house plans, and a 96 page condensation of professor Donald Lundberg’s authorative book “Costa Rica”. All this is free.

Our portfolio also tells you how to go about reserving a homesite in beaches of Nosara and spells out out money back guarantees: an unconditional 60 day deposit refund warranty; and a full year after signing contract to visit the property and see for yourself whether it delights you. If not, every penny you’d have paid in is refunded without a word.

We are quite certain that we have something very special in beaches of Nosara and we already know that the response to our advertising is going to be quite lively. We sincerely urge you – if you wish to be in time for the choice lots – to fill out and mail the coupon right away. Our portfolio is free and you are under no obligation at all. Indeed, no-one will ever phone you or call on you. It’s only the mail man you’ll see.”


Iconic Nosara Surf Shop for Sale

When they’re not doing it they’re either talking about it or dreaming of it. It’s no secret that the vast majority of surfers aspire to an existesurf10nce that revolves entirely around surfing and the surf industry. Whether it’s the chance to surf whenever you want, be your own boss in an exciting and evolving industry, hang out with friends and trade surf stories, or having an arsenal of surfboards at your disposal, owning ones very own surf shop is most surfers dream. In fact the only thing better than owning a surf shop is owning a surf shop in a place where the waves are pumping pretty much 365 days a year; a place like,,,,,Playa Guiones. Well, in light of the recent news that the towns oldest, most well renowned surf shop has just hit the market it seems that the opportunity to make some lucky surfer’s dream come true has just arrived. Since opening it’s doors in 2002 the iconic Nosara Surf Shop has been serving local and visiting surfers with all their needs for over 13 years. In this short time Nosara Surf Shop lots-of-surfboardshas gained a stellar local reputation as a vibrant, lively business with a huge range of surf products to choose from. In addition to it’s central location on the most valuable area of land in Playa Guiones, Nosara Surf Shop is close enough to the beach to ensure that surfers will pass it’s front door on entry and exit from the water. In addition to visiting tourists Nosara Surf Shop has a loyal following within the local community ensuring steady year round business.

NSSSetting up the perfect surf shop is no easy task. Luckily, during the 13 years of successful operation vendor product streams are established and all aspects of the business are fully operating. This means the new owner of Nosara surf shop can enter the business assured that the hard work has been covered for them. As well as the property, the structures, the brand, the full inventory of retail items, and the surf rental inventory and business Nosara Surf Shop also comes complete with an existing client base, access to suppliers, and a great range of products for customers to select from. If this isn’t enough to keep you busy Nosara surf shop also comes complete with a fully functioning ATV rentals and tour business – perfect for satisfying adventure hungry tourists on down days.

NSS1This is truly a great opportunity for the right person to take the helm of what is bound to be a fantastic business and lifestyle investment. The entire inventory is documented, calculated and available upon request for serious inquiries. Click here to see the full listing or here to contact us for more information.

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Stop Dreaming and Start Living – Perfect Retreat Properties in Nosara!!

As modern society becomes an increasingly stressful place to exist, the number of people rejoicing at the thought of ditching the daily 9-5 routine of getting stuck in traffic en-route to a job they don’t care for is growing rapidly. Following your heart isn’t always easy. In fact it can be downright terrifying. However, when the desire to follow one’s passion is accompanied by the correct planning it really is possible to achieve a lifestyle that most merely dream of. As Nosara’s reputation as a holistic vacation hotspot increases, more people are seeking to move here and buy into a business that promises more than the rinse and repeat way of life back home. In light of this Nosara Real Estate Report has compiled the following list of real estate opportunities suited to those looking to revamp their work life balance in paradise. Whether it be a surf camp, yoga and wellness center, or something completely different rest assured that at least one of the following properties will check all the boxes you require.

Tons of potential with this Nosara landmark

lukgThis property is home to the legendary Black Sheep English Pub. A nature retreat or wellness and yoga center are only a few of the many things this property would be perfect for. With a fifty foot lap pool, accommodation for up to 12 people, and of course your very own pub this is a great opportunity for someone looking to enter into the Nosara tourism trade. Priced at $495,000. Click here to see this listing, or here to contact us.

Get off the grid in style


This energy independent farm is truly a special place. Although it looks down on both the Pacific and the Jungle, the main house also overlooks 53,000m2 of plantations, vegetable gardens, livestock, fruit orchards and much more. This solar eco farm is a mere 10 minute drive from the ocean and is the ideal location for either an eco business, or a group or family looking to get entirely off the grid. Priced at $895,000. Click here to see this listing, or here to contact us.

Beautiful turnkey hotel. Amazing location – Great price


Hotel Paspartu sits on the main Pelada through road only 300m from the idyllic golden sands of Playa Pelada, and less than a minutes walk from all the bars, restaurants and amenities that Pelada has to offer. This is a true turnkey business that offers both a great lifestyle and immediate income for the owner. Priced at $325,000. Click here to see this listing, or here to contact us.

Land size and Location!


Not only does this great parcel of land come with an existing 3 bedroom house it is currently one of the best deals on the Nosara real estate market. It is a great option for someone looking to expand by building either long term rentals, or several cabinas for retreat guests. Located at the top of Las Huacas mountain this property was recently reduced by $100k and will not stay on the market long. Priced at $299,000. Click here to see this listing, or here to contact us.

Great lifestyle investment in San Juanillo


1500m of ocean view jungle in San Juanillo with plenty of room to expand, at a price that is hard to turn down. An incredible lifestyle investment on a property that comes with too many features too list. Priced at 299,000. Click here to see this listing, or here to contact us.

Perfect Retreat center in Playa Guiones


Buena Vista Villas is another property that represents a great opportunity to hit the ground running on a Nosara business. As well as six single units there is also a lovely 2 bedroom unit with a pool and incredible views from Ostional to Playa Guiones. This is a great option for someone either looking to attract retreat groups or just renting out the units long term. Priced at $529,000. Click here to see this listing, or here to contact us.

Hopping distance to the sand and surf


This is one of the best located pieces of real estate currently available. There is currently a small casita with a pool, and a two bedroom house that has been used as a rental property. In addition to it being in a bulls-eye G Section location the land has been legally segregated into 5 separate properties. Huge potential for surf camps or retreats in an unbeatable area. Priced at $479,000. Click here to see this listing, or here to contact us.

The Living Hotel – WOW!


In an area that increases in popularity daily, and only steps from the surf and sand of Playa Guiones The Living Hotel has already become a firm favorite with not only guests, but the many retreat groups who have made it their destination for holistic vacations. The 2400m2 of land includes an expansive saltwater swimming pool, a huge rancho, a spa, restaurant and many other fantastic amenities. Priced at $1,850,000. Click here to see this listing, or here to contact us.

Playa Guiones original holistic haven


After opening in 2003 The Heart of Guiones Wellness Center has since established a reputation as Nosara’s leading holistic wellness center. This property includes massage studios, a fitness studio, a pilates studio and an existing house, all located on the primest stretch of land in Playa Guiones. Priced at $2,125,000. Click here to see this listing, or here to contact us.

Create your own wonderland!

;liuThis well appointed Ocean View Villa sits on 20000m2 of land overlooking Playa Pelada, and with 18 separate parcels of land would make the perfect location for a B&B, Boutique Hotel, Resort, Retreat, Multi Family Compound, or simply full time or vacation home in the heart of Nosara. This is currently the only property in the Nosara real estate market of this size, with these views, and with such proximity to the beach. The potential of the place is limited only to the owners imagination. Priced at $899,000. Click here to see this listing, or  here to contact us.


Nosara Estate fit for royalty – Price Slashed by One Million Dollars

Click here to go directly to the Villa San Juan listing.

Best views in Guanacaste from the infinity pool

Whether to park money in a solid asset via land banking, to build a retirement or vacation home in a dream location, or to be able to enjoy the sense of freedom that ownership of your own environment affords, people buy land for a whole variety of different reasons. Land ownership, particularly in Costa Rica is easy. And while it may not bring in the monthly income of building ownership, smart investors know that with the right purchase they can make the same kind of money through appreciation without having to deal with tenants, leaky roofs, burst pipes and hundreds of other issues attached to owning buildings. Vacant land involves none of these things. You buy it, it sits there, it’s well behaved, and nothing happens (other than the value changing over time.) When it comes to land purchase choices are as varied as home buying, often more so. There’s wet land, dry land, farm land, elevated land, coastal land, and then,,,,,,there’s this. While reading keep in mind that the motivated seller has just slashed the price by $3,5,000,000 to $2,500,000, a saving of ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

The San Juan Estate Centerpiece

The San Juan Estate Centerpiece

In the San Juan mountain area of Nosara lies more than 43 sprawling acres of pristine Costa Rican jungle where the breezes are cool, the flora and fauna are as abundant as the bountiful fruit trees, and the views make the word ‘spectacular’ seem woefully substandard. Accessible from Nosara, Playa Guiones or Garza the road leading to it ascends into a different world. Despite San Juan Villa’s 13000ft of construction, the property itself cannot be seen from the road. The first glimpse of San Juan estate is the large twin gate pillars. It’s not until visitors go through the gate and pass the helipad and fully functioning farm that the true majesty of this property becomes apparent.


Pool house and infinity pool

Imagine waking up in a sublimely tranquil environment where your only neighbors are the howler monkeys swinging on the vines of your own private forest. Imagine then spending the day hiking through jungle trails with rainforest surprises at every turn, or walking on the beach, and then returning home to your private estate where the kind of mansion that most can only dream of awaits. Native Chorotega art and sculptures, a cigar room and wine cellar, fountains, 15 ft high wrought iron doors, stained glass, concrete pillars, pool table, suite style bedrooms with walk in closets and outdoor terraces, private restaurant area with wood burning brick oven, organic fruit orchards,
helipad, and a 50,000 gallon infinity pool with a 2 bed, 2 bath pool house that is practically a mansion of it’s own, all encompassed within a property perched on the summit of San Juan Mountain.


In simple terms this property is nothing short of a masterpiece. With it’s own well and water system it is practically off grid and would be perfectly suited to movie stars, musicians, pro athletes, artists, or any nature lover with a burning desire to live an undisturbed life of quietude and tropical opulence. This property has recently undergone major renovations and is in pristine condition. The incredible aspects and features of Villa San Juan go on and on. For more information click here. To jump to the listing click here.

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The New Water Well – Nosara’s Latest Weapon in the Fight Against Thirst


The new well cap. What may not look like much has been crucial in keeping Nosara’s water flowing

Contrary to what the pages of the tourism brochures would love you to believe Costa Rica is not composed entirely of tropical jungle. Parts of Costa Rica, including Guanacaste are often arid due to a lack of rain. September and October see torrential downpours, and other than the odd shower in the months prior, Guanacaste, and thus Nosara remain dry and barren. Increasing amounts of families choosing to relocate here, along with local businesses attempts to keep tourists quenched and showered have created dilemmas that the local ASADA branch work tirelessly to resolve. ASADA’s latest weapon in the fight to keep the local population hydrated asis a brand new well. After drilling began in March, the 8 inch, 120 meter deep well began to deliver an extra six and a half liters of water per second to all sections of Nosara in mid-April. It has since proved highly effective at increasing the water table while taking pressure off some of the older, less efficient wells by rotating them.

The team spearheading the campaign to get this much needed resource up and running includes Nosara resident and ASADA Fiscal Lili Adams. Originally from Montauk Lili moved to Nosara in the mid 1980s. Four years ago she tasked herself with the job of helping to address Nosara’s water issues. Nosara Real Estate Report recently spoke to Lili regarding what it takes to keep our most vital resource flowing. Lili began with a brief history of how we arrived at where we are today.


The ASADA building

“When I moved here all water matters were handled by the NCA. Later the government ruled that this could not be run by a private group which is when the Nosara ASADA was formed. In 2002 onwards there was a fixed ASADA rate residents paid that covered the cost of everything – the employees, the office, the electric, the pumps and infrastructure.” However this was scrapped in 2009 due to legal technicalities regarding ASADAs rates.

With the permitted rates legally dictated by AYA (the national water regulator) barely enough to cover the costs of electricity and the office it seemed an almost impossible task to keep the system running. Action needed to be taken

“I was not a board member at the time but the existing board members launched the voluntary initiative whereby in order to make up the shortfall people had to pay a voluntary fee on top of the fixed fee” says Lili. Unfortunately in the vast majority of voluntary payments systems there will be a large number who opt out, however the fact that an estimated eighty-five percent of residents continue to pay the voluntary donation is true testament to the sense of local responsibility amongst Nosara residents. “We have been very lucky with the type of people that have invested here,” says Lili. “There’s a great sense of community that people who live here respect and wish to see continue.

People wishing to build projects over 500m2 are legally required to pay for both an impact study and the implementation of any actions the study recommends. Most of the money raised for the new well was through the Voluntary Impact Fee initiative. All homes, pools, and additional projects under 500M2 receive a request from the ASADA to pay this one time voluntary fee based on the M2 size of the project. “We have been very successful in this drive which again speaks to nature of the community. It is important that new investors here understand the importance of this request” says Lili.

It was this level of support that covered the $82,000 needed for the construction of the new well, however despite securing the short term future of Nosara’s water supply it may be premature for residents to assume that all problems are now solved. “Its great to have a new well but this is only a short term solution. The new well won’t support the rate of development we are experiencing. Our goal now is to find another water source and utilize it for the community,” says Lili.

“Although we’re safe for now ASADA doesn’t have money to put aside or invest in infrastructure. If ASADA only received the fixed monthly fee then we wouldn’t be open long. The reality is that the only thing standing in the way of acute water problems is the monthly donation. We’re lucky in the support we currently receive but this is a 40 year old water system and the town is growing.”

A quick glance around certain parts of Playa Guiones is proof positive that the town really is growing, which raises questions as to whether the current sense of community responsibility which prompts residents to maintain the monthly donation is sustainable. “Back in the day, when people moved here they had to ask a lot of questions” says Lili. “Nowadays its easier to be here without really understanding the issues or the struggles that those before you have fought to get things set up. Unless you ask the right questions you may never understand them. I would say to people who move here if you don’t know how something works then find out.”

When you strip it the basics the equation really is quite simple: no water = no town. Here’s a few things that you can do to ensure that this little slice of paradise we call home remains wet and thus livable in the future.

  1. Pay the monthly donation. Period!!
  2. If you are building or renovating, please pay the one time voluntary impact fee. Everyone should understand that each additional home and pool impacts the existing system.
  3. Choose building materials that minimize water use during construction, which can be a huge drain on the system. Building from steel is one option. Any new construction should considering using septic systems that process and recycle grey water.
  4. Minimize water use as much as possible during the driest months, Feb, Mar, and April. Plant gardens with native species of plants that have evolved to survive the dry, arid Guanacaste summers, and avoid plants that are high water consumers. Educate your gardeners to conserve water during these months.
  5. Make sure to keep up on any small leaks in faucets, toilets, or otherwise. One small leaky sink, or running toilet can in fact drain gallons and gallons of water from the system.
  6. Participate in the ASADA – go to the meetings, vote for the board member, and take an active role in your community. The responsibility of the continued water supply has been on the shoulders of a very few dedicated residents. It is time for more people to pitch in and help.

If You’re a Family with Kids Attending Nosara Schools Then We Have The House For You

When it comes to the type of Nosara property that people wish to call home every person has unique needs. When searching for real estate older couples will have very different search parameters than families with children. Traditionally, the factors that make certain properties attractive have included lifestyle and age, however in recent years the demographic of people looking to purchase Nosara real estate has been heavily swayed by one thing – family structure. Many expat families have chosen to make Nosara their home for a multitude of reasons. However ask any of these families whats at the top of their list the answer often comes down to one thing – schools. The calibre of expat schooling in nosara has long been a huge draw for families from all over the world seeking to relocate. When shopping for Nosara real estate, families with children often require a balance between quiet, safety, and an area in which there is plenty of space for the kids to be kids. With this in mind the Nosara Real Estate Report has researched the leading factors that make a property desirable for families in Nosara with children looking to attend local schools.

 Close to Schools

How often have you read a real estate listing that features the phrase “close to schools” when listing the homes attributes? A home located close to a school has long been considered a huge plus, particularly for parents who don’t wish to spend their days playing taxi driver. In addition to kids being able to walk to and from school, one of the many benefits with some of the Nosara schools is that the kids are close to areas such as fields and sports arenas to enjoy on the weekends.

6This is a cozy, move in ready home near Del Mar Academy school with a community center and pool. This house sits on a large lot allowing for a bigger family home in the future. This place is perfect for guests, family or rental income. Click here to view this listing or here to contact us about this property.

9A building lot,  1/2 acre,  flat and ready for building in the eco community of Nosara Springs..  priced well below market for a quick sale at $44,000.    Best available affordable lot in Nosara.    Faces Playa Ponies so for a family who wants to be around equestrian this is a bulls eye location to build a home and own or rent horses. Click here to view this listing or here to contact us about this property.

Ability to runaround and play

Parents always want a space for their children to be able to play. Although Nosara has an abundance of open spaces parents often see a safe, fenced in yard or garden in which their children can run around as a huge plus when purchasing a property.

1This property sits on Las Huacas,   surrounded by other families and mostly full time residents living harmoniously away from the dust and tourists.   The large 2/3 acre lot makes the perfect playground. This home is  fully fenced in and offers ultimate privacy.   The motivated seller recently reduced the price,  motivated seller. Click here to see this listing, or here to contact us about this property.


Imagine waking up to ocean views, from the tropical comfort of a monkey sanctuary. Gated, tranquil, and with the biggest playground ever SIBU Monkey Sanctuary represents a dream lifestyle for the right family.    1-1/4 acre lots ranging from $179k to $269k. Click here to view this listing or here to contact us about this property.


For the higher budgeted families we have an equestrian center for sale in K section that would be a dream come true for horse lovers. It comes with a huge lap pool and and a tennis court. Click here to view this listing or here to contact us about this property.

Quiet Street

Urban planning, much to the joy of many residents is not one of Nosaras strong points, however the real estate market features a few examples of properties on peaceful streets in areas with a strong sense of community.

5School proximity,  walk the kids to Del Mar Academy,  gated community,  shared pool and a great little community of families with kids.   Prices range from our FIRE SALE 2 bedroom at $159,000 to a 3 bedroom for $279,000. Click here to view this listing or here to contact us about this property.


The Colony at Nosara is an amazing collection of beautifully rustic yet state of the art homes in a Costa Rican Jungle setting. These houses are private, secure, set on enough land for kids to be able to play to their hearts content and are a must see for anyone seeking serene seclusion in a great location. Click here to view this listing or here to contact us about this property.

 Close to beach

For those unfamiliar with the joys of beachside living this may be difficult to understand. But the lucky ones who do live by the beach will attest to the fact that the quality of life it provides is invaluable for both the parents and the children.

2This is a classic family home with a master bedroom on one side,  and 2 bedrooms on the other side of the open concept, cathedral teak ceiling house.   Great pool and perfect sized yard for the kids to play only steps from the beach. Click here to see this listing or here to contact us about this property.

8These are open concept, 2 bedroom beachfront condo’s with over sized balconies, a great pool and as close to the beach as Costa Rican law permits. Click here to view this listing or here to contact us about this property.

Yes Nosara’s expensive – unless you’re shopping in the luxury home market

“Epic sunsets, incredible star gazing, great surf for all levels, cool people, but it’s just so expensive” is a phrase familiar to many visitors to Nosara. Despite this sentiment, a quick glance at the numbers suggest that although living costs in Nosara are above the national average Nosara remains an affordable paradise where middle class people can afford to visit, live or retire. One of the best examples of an area where great value can still be found is in Nosara’s burgeoning luxury home market. The increasing popularity of Nosara’s luxury homes among buyers comes down to a number of factors including land size, privacy, and the kind of ocean views that are usually strictly reserved for the multi-millionaire club. Here are a few examples of what Nosara Real Estate Report considers to be some of the best value homes currently on the luxury market, complete with a graphic that highlights what you’d be getting for your money compared with other places. Enjoy!

Las Huacas Mountain VS Toronto – Saving = $1,423,000


Midway up Las Huacas mountain sits this modern, upscale, two bedroom, two bathroom residence. It’s location provides a rare, highly sought after combination of stunning views and great proximity to the beach. Its double high ceilings, fully equipped state-of-the-art kitchen, high end finishes, and full security system are a mere sampling of the many features of this amazing home. This is a property that any discerning buyer will love, particularly when they learn the price just got reduced by over $200,000. Click here to view this listing, or contact us about this property.

Playa Guiones K Section VS Outer London – Saving = $2,161,000

6In the past 18 months alone Casa De La Luna has grossed $117,000 in rental income. This is one of the many reason that this home is up there as one of the most exquisite properties currently on the Nosara real estate inventory. Only steps from Playa Guiones Casa de la Luna has 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, an incredible pool and a comfortable, expansive outdoor living area. Beneath the property is a 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom apartment suite. A property in this location, with these features, and at this price makes it one of the best real estate opportunities currently available. Click here to view this listing, or contact us about this property.

San Diego VS EE Section Ocean Views – Saving = $2,360,000


 This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom luxury hideaway sits at the end of a private Cul-De-Sac atop of EE sections Las Huacas Mountain. It comes with unparallelled design specs and overlooks a spectacular infinity pool and private garden. It also features sweeping, panoramic views of Playa Guiones and the Pacific ocean from the lush outdoor space of the front terrace. The price of this home has just been significantly reduced. Click here to view this listing, or contact us about this property.


San Francisco VS Las Huacas Mountain – Saving = $3,400,000

4With a much sought after, yet seldom found combination of land size, seclusion, guest capacity and 360 degree North to South horizon views to call this property ‘exceptional’ would be an understatement. This home is ready to move in and the only thing the new owners will have to concern themselves with is what surfboard they choose to ride after their post-morning wave check. Whether it be for residential, retirement, or rental purposes, with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and too many features to list, the potential for this stunning home is limited only to the owners imagination. Click here to view this listing, or contact us about this property.

San Juanillo Vs Los Angeles – Saving = $3,441,000


If you’re the kind of person for whom ‘good enough’ is never enough then this may be the kind of house you’ll be proud to call home.  30 feet high indoor ceilings, a range of fine art, beautiful lines, native wood furnishings are some of the many features that combine to make this home truly one of a kind. The outdoor terrace complete with pool, bbq, shower and dining area are the perfect place to treat guests to sunset dining. This home really must be seen to be believed. Click here to view this listing, or contact us about this property.

Houston , Texas VS Nosara Mountains – Saving = $3,700,000


1Located in the mountainous jungle just outside of Nosara this home represents 7000 square feet of architectural genius. A wrap around terrace with 360 degree ocean views, cool mountain breezes, spiraling stair cases, 30 ft high domed ceilings, wet bar and a private cinema. The list of incredible features attached to this home is to exhaustive to list in its entirety. Suffice to say there is a good reason that many people consider Casa Redonda to be one of the true jewels in the Nosara real estate market’s crown. Click here to view this listing, or contact us about this property.


Hamptons VS Las Huacas Mountain – Saving = $4,475,000

2Whether it be a luxury rental home, or boutique retreat center this place has everything you could possibly want and much, much more. Sunset peak can easily sleep up to 15 guests all of whom can enjoy the comfortable opulence of the huge terrace and beautiful pool while looking down on the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and lush jungle. Sunset Peak sits on 5,000 square meters of land, and as Nosaras reputation as a leading retreat hotspot increases this place can only go from strength to strength. Click here to view this listing, or contact us about this property.





What water shortages? One Nosara resident’s quest to prevent us going thirsty

Despite what the brochures would have you believe, Costa Rica is not made up entirely of lush, tropical jungle. Nosara is located in the countries driest region – Guanacaste. September and October here witness torrential rain on a daily basis, and other than the odd downpour in the months proceeding September and October the rest of the year is drier than a camels flip flop. This creates pressing dilemmas for local water authorities, and often leaves residents subject to water shortages due to local businesses efforts to prevent tourists going unwashed and thirsty. Despite efforts from the local ASADA team that work hard – often in the face of overwhelming odds to meet Nosaras growing water needs, shortages are still a problem. Although professional engineering teams have assured residents that the necessary infrastructure is in place to keep Nosaras water flowing for decades, the water system still faces a number of problems including outdated tanks, fractured pipes and underfunded management. Many with close ties to the issue feel that Nosara has been neglected at both the regional and national level and have taken it upon themselves to take the necessary steps. One such person is Nick Mcalpin. Born in North Carolina, Nick and his wife moved to Nosara in 2008. The combination of a desire for an off the grid lifestyle, along with a yearning to do something he enjoyed while serving the needs of the community inspired Nick to focus his expertise on the impending water challenges Nosara faces. Nick began by installing rainwater catchment systems on his property in Nosaras L Section. After word of his achievements spread Nick experienced a wave of requests from local residents experiencing water issues and thus requesting similar technology to that which Nick had set up in his home. Nick began his

Nick Mcalpin's pretty serious when it comes to water

Nick Macalpin’s pretty serious when it comes to water

quest to help people out and so began the organic birth of ‘Finca Pica’. If further validation was needed concerning whether Nick made the correct business choice one need only look at his work schedule – which doesn’t contain an opening until some time after June 2015. Nosara Real Estate Report recently sat down with Nick to get the lowdown on the  Nosara water situation, and discuss ways in which problems are being tackled.

NRER: So, I’ve heard you’ve been busy.

Nick: Slammed.

NRER: You’re building water systems around Nosara?

Nick: Yeah. The idea was to go into business primarily designing and building rainwater harvesting systems, and help people get started filtering their water supply, but with the constant pressure issues we’ve been having the last couple of years, I’ve been forced to focus mainly on tank and pump reserve systems.

NRER: Are you selling the tanks too, or just installing them?

Nick: No, we’re not selling tanks. We’re helping people get tanks at a discount. I’ve been working directly with la Casa del tanque in the Central Valley, which allows me to purchase tanks for about 40% of what they’re priced at locally. When several people need tanks at the same time i organize an order so everyone can split the transport costs. There’s no profit on the tanks themselves


 NRER: So how do the reserve systems work?

Nick: For people worried primarily about complete outages, we’ll have a tank somewhere on the property being fed by a small line coming from the house’s main water supply. When the water goes out, the homeowner can close a valve to shut off the ASADA feed, and open a valve to allow the pump at the base of the tank to pressurize the house. If the tank’s big enough, the homeowner can generally run off the tank until the ASADA provides water again. For people in neighborhoods with chronic pressure issues, which is slowly becoming more common, we have the ASADA feed run directly into the tank, and a pump / pressure tank system receives water from the holding tank and sends it to the house. The idea is that even though there’s not enough water pressure for the house’s water system to function properly there is generally enough pressure to keep a tank full, even at a trickle. Generally, the tank level will do most of it’s catching up at night when demand is low.


NRER: Can’t people elevate tanks, and use the elevation for pressure?

Nick: A column of water exerts about .43 psi per foot of elevation. A tank 10 feet tall on a tower 10 feet high, would only exert 8.6 pounds of pressure at ground level. A lot easier with a pump.


NRER: And the water coming from the reserve tanks needs to be filtered?

Nick: I worry more at my house about what I’m putting in the tank, rather than what’s coming out. The tanks are a closed system – tight caps, screened vents, three layer polyethylene. Sunlight can’t even get in. I begin with the basic idea that ASADA water should always be filtered, period. The first thing ASADA water should come in contact with on your property is a filtering system. Clean water in the tanks, clean water out.

NRER: What are you so concerned with filtering out?

Nick: Sediment always comes first. We have a ton of sediment in the Nosara water supply. Sediment’s what sent me down the path of researching all the available filtering options for our house to start with. I guess i got tired of taking aerators off all the faucets and dumping sand and debris out every few days.

NRER: What comes after the sediment?

Nick: We have a filter house next to our meter with two 10″ canisters. The first is a 25 micron sediment filter, and the second is a 10 micron carbon filter for chlorine reduction, and taste and odor issues. Once the water leaves there we’re plumbed to run through a salt free conditioning unit that will arrive in a few weeks, and the last stage is a 50 GPD (gallons per day) reverse osmosis unit in our kitchen.

NRER: What’s the idea behind the conditioner and the reverse osmosis?

Nick: The conditioner is for the calcium scaling. I didn’t want a conventional softener that i would have to add piles of salt to every year and have to supply with electricity. The salt free conditioners simply crystallize the calcium particles so they can’t bind together. It’s like the calcium’s not there as far as your appliances and glass surfaces are concerned, but it’s still in the water for everyone arguing the whole blue zone thing. The reverse osmosis unit just filters the water to a ridiculously fine point, and then runs into a separate faucet i mounted in the sink for filling glass bottles. the conditioner will help the reverse osmosis unit, as does the carbon filter outside, and the additional carbon filter on the unit itself. Two of the worst things for an reverse osmosis membrane are calcium scaling and even the slightest bit of chlorine.

NRER Isn’t the whole reverse osmosis thing overkill?

Nick: I’ve seen loads of sediment come down the line after a break in the main. I’d imagine any diesel, gas, transmission fluid, etc. that may possibly leak from this fine fleet of automobiles we see on our roads and run into the ditch with the rains can’t be far behind. I’d rather be safe than sorry.

NRER: Where are the pressure issues and outages coming from?

Nick: Growth in the tourism sector and development out-pacing upgrades to the system.


NRER: Is that where the whole rainwater thing came from, the water outages?

Nick: I knew for a few years i wanted to have a rainwater system, and was starting to feel pressure to have a good reserve system in place after running out of water several times last dry season. Once i figured out how to make one system out of the two concepts, i got it done.



NRER: So your rainwater system doubles as a reserve system?

Nick: Yeah. basically, we have a 4200L tank used solely to store ASADA water, three 1950L tanks connected directly to the gutters in the back yard, a 1950L rain tank in the side yard, three 55 gallon olive barrels off the front porch, and another 55 gallon olive barrel we intend to use to catch a.c. condensation after we change out the side porch to a metal roof for solar. That’s a little over 8000L of capacity in the rainy season, and once we run the rain barrels empty during the dry season in the gardens, we can just fill them with ASADA water for emergency use. well over 12,000L of storage all together. The long-term plan is to start a storage system up on one of our hilltops so when the rain tanks around the house fill up early in the rainy season, we can cut the pump on and send all the water up top to storage, emptying the tanks and making room for more collecting. you do that a few times during the rainy season and you can start stock-piling serious amounts of water.



NRER: You could actually fill tanks several times?

Nick: When you start doing the math, it gets pretty crazy what’s possible. I always use a 1000 square foot roof as an example to keep it simple. a 1000 square foot roof will shed 640 gallons of water for every 1″ of rain that falls on it. Guanacaste, on average, receives about 117″ of rain during the wet months. From 117″ that same 1000 square foot roof will shed around 74,880 gallons of water. You start figuring in bodegas, greenhouses, bus stops, hardware stores, and everything else with a roof on it and Nosara’s collective rooftops probably shed more water each year than we actually consume as a community.

NRER: Could most people actually catch everything that’s coming off their roof?

Nick: No, the average homeowner would most likely only catch a fraction of what’s available due to the cost of the tanks, and the space available to add more tanks. This is just a small piece of a bigger puzzle. even if you’re only catching a couple thousand gallons a year, that’s water the ASADA didn’t have to pay I.C.E. outrageous fees to pump, and your plants will love you for it.

NRER: And the water’s clean?

Nick: With a well designed system, the water going into the tanks should be free of debris. At the end of our downspouts, just below the gutters, we have screened downspout diverters that help the system shed leaves and any other large debris that could clog up our first flush systems. The first flush system just below the diverters is a long tube that catches the initial water coming off your roof when a rainstorm rolls in. The initial water coming off your roof is the dirty stuff containing bird crap, mosquito eggs and dust that collects between storms. Once the first flush tube fills up with the dirty water, a plastic ball floats to the top, seals the first flush tube, and the clean water runs into the tanks. We also have screened overflow outlets so the insects can’t simply fly into the tank through the drain. After the rainstorm, the first flush tube slowly drains itself through a bleeder at the bottom, ready to go to work when the next storm arrives.


NRER: How much water has to be diverted?

Nick: Between 12.5 and 50 gallons per 1000 square foot of roof space being collected from., depending on the severity of local pollution. Our rooftops are fairly polluted once our dust problem is factored in, so i tend to figure Nosara at around 35 gallons per thousand, a little more with tile roofs, which are a whole issue unto themselves.

NRER: Does the first flush make the water drinkable?

Nick: No. the first flush makes sure the water is free of debris and isn’t a dengue factory. How far a homeowner takes water purification after that is strictly up to them, depending on what they intend to use to water for. We’re experimenting with ours now, and have a whole filter system dedicated solely to the rainwater. For irrigation, no further filtering is needed.

NRER: So is rainwater collection something the ASADA should be pursuing?

Nick: No. Rainwater collection is an individual choice. It’s one of multiple steps towards a homeowner’s individual water security, although it would be great to see a big rain tank sitting next to the ASADA building itself. It would be a strong message to the 11 or 12 people who actually show up during elections.

NRER: So what are some other steps people should be taking?

Nick: I know it may not be an option for folks close to the beach, or in the densely packed neighborhoods, but out where I’m at, the first step is putting in a well. I won’t argue publicly for or against actually permitting the thing. I think there are strong arguments on both sides of the conversation, but nothing will push you harder towards individual water security than finding and utilizing your own water source. A good well system and you most likely won’t even need an ASADA hook-up. Once you start adding raintanks around all your structures with rooftops, and utilizing grey water more efficiently you can really see the whole self-sufficient thing start to take shape.

NRER: What do you mean by utilizing grey water?

Nick: Grey water’s the stuff, for the most part, without all the nasty stuff mixed in – washing machine discharge, kitchen sinks, showers and tubs. A guy in Tucson named Brad Lancaster has the best setup ever in his laundry room. Instead of the washing machine discharge hose being jabbed into a pipe that makes it’s way to the septic system, he has a whole set of pipes, each one labeled with the name of a different fruit tree. Every time he washes clothes, you just stick the drain line into a different pipe, in essence watering a different tree every time you do laundry. Water from outdoor showers can be diverted to different plants in the same manner. With the right use of organic and non-toxic soaps, shampoos, and laundry detergents, most grey water can be sent directly to fruit trees and native plants, helping keep hillsides green and roots strong and ready to hold delicate soils in place when the first rains return, all with little or no additional water use.


NRER: What about the nasty stuff? The black water?

Nick: Black water in Nosara, until very recently, has been ignored as a source of water. Conventionally in this area, you flush the toilet, and the black water runs into a septic tank, where the anaerobic bacteria naturally found in your waste, breaks the waste down before it is allowed to leach into the ground. When it hits the ground it comes in contact with aerobic bacteria in the soil and breaks down completely over time. People are finally exploring the use of 2 and 3 tank aearated septic systems around town. The 1st tank is like normal where the anaerobic bacteria does it’s work. In the 2nd tank, a small aerator is used to introduce aerobic bacteria into the waste – kind of like the pump blowing bubbles in a fish aquarium. The aerobic bacteria from the pump can do the work much faster than would naturally occur in the soil, and treat the water to an almost drinkable quality. You can then use the water for irrigation. Imagine if every time you flushed the toilet, you were stabilizing hillside vegetation, rather than leaching waste into the ground.


NRER: Well, what about the neighborhoods near the beach and the more densely packed areas?

Nick: If i lived in one of the neighborhoods now experiencing chronic pressure issues, the first thing to do is get a reserve system. 25 pounds of pressure for several months straight, for me, just won’t cut it. I think it would be pretty smart for a lot of these neighborhoods to start working together for water security, much the same as they do for break-ins. In many of these neighborhoods where the pressure always struggles, you can find deep, heavy producing wells. I’ve seen wells down near the beach that would provide for 10 or 20 houses. I know you can’t legally sell your neighbors water, but a group of neighbors could definitely cooperate with each other to help improve their situation. If the entire neighborhood can’t be brought together, people could start on a 2, 3, or 4 house level and go from there. In the neighborhoods with the worst pressure issues, folks may want to consider getting together in groups, and collectively purchasing the last available lots near them, before they’re sold and built on, adding to the problem.

NRER: What about the ASADA problems as a whole, and the need to upgrade the system? What now?

Nick: There’s a small army of folks exploring every option available to try and get ahead of this issue. New wells are being drilled and tested. Alternate sources of water are being looked into. Broad funding is being lobbied for. The engineer’s plans have been submitted. If approved, this gives the ASADA some breathing room, and also helps them get out of the shadow of the whole voluntary rate system and move towards a more financially sustainable model. Does the planned overhaul of the system go far enough when you take into account per person water usage in the project? Probably not even close, but it gives us a starting point. A regional dialog has also been initiated in hopes that eventually the 6 or 7 sister ASADAs in our immediate area can begin to work together to solve problems, and in the long term, share water in times of crisis through a well integrated system. If the major obstacle we always run into is regulation, maybe we should start thinking on a national level and try to change what’s preventing the fixing of water issues. Helping keep everything up and running however does start on a local level. Its laughable to see everyone bitch about water issues on Nosara rant and rave facebook page, only to have 25 of us, out of 500 and some odd meters, actually show up to vote for who gets to run the show and interact with all these agencies.

NRER: So this won’t all just fix itself if we give it time?

Nick: No!

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Condos are king as Nosara property prices rise

As Nosara property prices climb real estate offices are witnessing a growing number of clients wishing to experience the Nosara lifestyle while avoiding paying the kind of money that regular property ownership requires. This has lead to an upswing in inquiries about condominiums in Nosara. Here’s a few reasons why the condominium ownership option is more attractive than ever:


Many Nosara property owners are foreigners who choose to use their home only certain times of the year. They often spend only a small portion of their time in Nosara, and so managing their property from overseas can seem daunting. However condo owners have no such worries. One of the leading benefits of owning a condo in Nosara is that the vast majority of the day to day maintenance is taken care of by a Home Owners Association (HOA).


Condo Del Sol - An Incredible location at a great price

Condos Del Sol – An Incredible location at a great price

Renting your condo out to either long or short term visitors to Nosara is a fantastic way to offset ownership costs. Due to a number of factors including expanded flights into Liberia Airport and increasing media coverage of Nosara as a tourist destination vacation short term rentals have experienced a significant boost in recent times. Nosara boasts a number of highly acclaimed international schools which has been a catalyst for more and more families to able to spend greater amounts of time here. This has lead to a significant increase in long term rentals. Given their location and affordability condos often represent the best choice for both short and long term renters.


One of the spacious bedrooms at Villa Las Palmas

One of the spacious bedrooms at Villa Las Palmas

Many foreign investors arrive in Nosara with dreams of owning an incredible beachfront luxury home or swanky ocean view residence. The reality is that the price of these properties is beyond the reach of many of these visitors, particularly when their Nosara property will not be their primary home. Condos however afford the owner the opportunity to enjoy all of these benefits at a fraction of the price. Many of the condos available in Nosara are close to the restaurants, nightlife, shops and last but not least – only steps from the beach.

Featured below is a selection of some of the fantastic condo ownership opportunities currently available in Nosara:

Villa Las Palmas

vLP1Located in a tranquil corner of North Pelada the Villa Las Palmas luxury condominiums are situated as close to the beach as Costa Rican law will allow. Villa Las Palmas offers a serene, luxury lifestyle and comes with fully tended gardens, large pool, laundry room and VLP224 hour security. Villa Las Palmas features modern amenities and lots of living space. There are currently lots of options available to own a condo at Villa Las Palmas, with some of these homes priced well below market value. Prices start at $185,000. Click here to see our Villa Las Palmas listings.

Condos Del Sol

CDS3Only a minutes walk away from the ‘palm tree entrance’ to Playa Guiones Condos Del Sol are located in the H Section in a 10 condo boutique style development. Condos Del Sol come fully equipped with modern furnishings, a state of the art kitchen, beautiful pool and rancho area and are CDS2within a stones throw of local restaurants and shops. If you’re searching for the ultimate Nosara location that offers substantial rental income potential at a price that won’t break the bank then Conds Del Sol is a great option. Prices start at $249,000. Click here to see our Condos Del Sol listings.

Villa Del Sol

VDS4The Villa Del Sol development are the current jewel in the crown of the Nosara condo market. They sit within a thirty second walk from a stunning (and private) beach. They are constructed according to the latest European standards and include the highest quality fixtures and finishings. These are the VDS2newest condos to hit the Nosara market and in terms of construction and aesthetics they are unmatched. Big, comfortable and private (gated community). Villa Del Sol has garnered a great reputation for solid rental income and has a first class management team all ready in place. Prices start at $265,000. Click here to see our Villa Del Sol listings

Although condo ownership in Nosara is not for everyone, the location, convenience, and potential to generate solid income continues to appeal to a wide range of foreign investors. If you are thinking of embarking on a Costa Rican adventure and feel that a condominium could be right for you contact us now to help you decide which property is for you.



5 ways to ruin your visit to Nosara

Drive like a jerk

rallyThe smoothing out of the Nosara roads has long been a source of contention among residents, with valid arguments both for and against the paving of the roads. Irrespective of what is, isn’t, should or shouldn’t be happening the fact remains that the dusty, potholed roads that currently connect Nosara can be perilous for drivers, pedestrians and local residents in more ways than one. If you catch yourself plodding along in your car behind a motorcycle, waiting to shoot past them while thinking “what in the hell is wrong with this town?” then a quick glance in the mirror should answer your question.

Remedy: Take a breath, remember where you are and ask yourself whether you really need to be there 30 seconds earlier.

Set up business with the first person you meet

beachcryRemember that guy at Tropicana feeding you guaro shots while promising two hundred percent annual returns in the land of Pura Vida? Well, you’ll definitely remember him when the hard earned cash you dropped on that ‘investment opportunity of a lifetime’ mysteriously disappears, leaving you to wonder whether it was the incredible sunsets, hot locals or stunning ocean views that prompted you to leave your business brain at home in a jar. Granted, Costa Rica is abundant with honest, well intentioned individuals pitching genuinely alluring business opportunities. But like anywhere there’s always the bad apples, and it’s amazing how many well educated, street smart visitors are happy to chew on those apples when they descend into ‘Costa Rica’ mode.

Remedy: If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Don’t think the business acumen you’ve acquired in your native country qualifies you to outsmart the Costa Rican system. Don’t mix business with pleasure, and when it comes to making big decisions trade the local nightclub for the local attorney’s office.

Disrespect the local environment

plasticbeachAs the international travel media spotlight focuses more and more on Nosara phrases such as ‘holistic hotspot, undiscovered Shangri-La’ and ‘jungle paradise’ get reduced to off the cuff, snappy advertising jingles. This doesn’t make them any less true. Nosara is all of these things and more because the residents – both human and non-human are creatures who genuinely care about the unique, fragile and increasingly threatened place they call home.

Remedy: Recycle, don’t throw litter, and if you see litter then tap into your inner altruist and pick it up. If you buy real estate remember that the ‘it won’t hurt if I just cut this one tree down’ attitude is the reason you might find yourself sitting in your dream house ten years later wondering why the natural beauty and abundant wildlife that seduced you in the first place has ‘mysteriously’ disappeared.

Only do things that you’ve done before

cpSure, your hotel room is ridiculously comfortable and the TV comes with 150 channels of witless gibberish. But did you really come all the way to Nosara to watch “Robocop” with subtitles? One of the most common travel regrets involves the phrase “If only I’d have done that when I had the chance.” In Nosara that thing you didn’t do could be anything from reeling in a monster marlin to barreling down the beach watching sunset from atop of a horse

Remedy: Leave your comfort zone behind. Get out and try one of the many activities Nosara is renowned for. Your TV will still be there when you get home.

Throw money around yammering about how you’re gonna turn this hick little town into the new Acapulco

greedydeveloperIf you’re looking for the express lane to becoming a social pariah this is the best place to start. Boracay in the Philippines, Honolulu in Hawaii, The Bukit peninsular of Bali – The list of once dreamlike locations that fell victim to a lethal combo of questionable local leadership, entrepreneurs for whom ‘enough’ is an alien concept, and goose1tourists who feel entitled to their ‘slice of paradise’ goes on and on. While the majority of visitors see the beaches, sunsets, wildlife and stunning beauty of Nosara as the ultimate reflection of the amazing planet we call home, a minority look at the same natural beauty with a dollar sign attached to it. It’s only natural that visitors to Nosara become enchanted by it’s inherent magic. However it might befit us all to remain mindful of Aesops famed Ancient Greek fable that spoke of another naturally occurring magical wonder: A goose that laid golden eggs – Ring any bells?


If you have the money to throw around, throw it at charitable causes such as local wildlife and education.

How to survive the Jungle – Top 5 medical complaints for Nosara tourists.


As visitor numbers to Nosara increase annually so does the number of patients walking (sometimes limping) through the doors of Playa Guiones Paradise Medical Centre. Although accidents invariably happen some basic planning and precautions can help keep you happy and healthy during your travels. Nosara Real Estate Report recently spent some time with Paradise Medicals resident Doctor Alejandro Gutierrez to get the lowdown on the most common complaints and how to avoid them.

1. Ear infections / Swimmers ear

KSsurfersearEar infections and swimmers ear is the complaint that Paradise Medical deals with the more than any other. Nosara visitors spend a lot of time in the water. The water can get trapped which creates humidity in the ear canal leaving the area open to infection. This is a case where prevention really is better than cure, and the simplest way to prevent it is placing a few alcohol drops in the ear after being in the water.

2. Gastro intestinal issues – Travellers diarrhea.

washvegThis one can really ruin your vacation. Restaurants in Nosara generally have a very high standard of hygiene, but if you’re cooking at home sometimes vegetables may contain certain bacteria. The same goes for the water. Even though the water here is great, it may contain bacteria that visitors digestive systems are unfamiliar with. For a few people it can take time to adjust. If you’re preparing food at home be sure to wash all vegetables thoroughly.

3. Allergies and skin complaints.

sunburnSkin issues are a common complaint here, and are usually the result of sunburnt skin combining with the dust. A lot of tourists underestimate the strength of the Guanacaste midday sun. Be careful to wear the right clothes, and to apply some solid PF45 sun cream before outdoor activities, particularly if you just rolled into town and your skin hasn’t had time to acclimate.

4. Surf related injuries.

dropinThere are days when I walk down to the beach, see the conditions, and just know that there will be surf casualties arriving at the office that day. Most surf injuries happen on smaller days in strong offshore winds. The small size attracts beginners which means people start dropping in and ditching their boards rather than duck diving. Also, the windy condition mean surfboards often get blown back and hit people. It’s a tough one to prevent. People are always going to want to surf, but a good start would be for the surf schools to teach students etiquette and how to read conditions.

5. Flu

fluThis one can be difficult to avoid. Flu is contracted in so many different ways. People coming through airports, changes in climates, exposure to dust etc. The best way to avoid the flu is just through basic care and hygiene. Wash your hands as often as possible and if you develop symptoms, come and see us at Paradise Medical, get some meds and then be prepared to stay home and see it through.

healthinsureCosta Rica provides citizens and permanent residents levels of health unparallelled anywhere on Latin America. However, if you’re neither a citizen or resident and you get sick or injured you have two options – either fall back on the health insurance policy you wisely invested in prior to your trip, or be prepared for the kind of expenditure that will potentially leave your bank balance in tatters.

ATV“Nosara is renowned for physical, outdoor activities – surfing, ATVs, horseriding – which although fun can and do lead to heavy injuries” says Dr Guttierez. “I’ve overseen people being taken out on helicopters at night with emergency doctors on board which runs into tens of thousands of dollars. Even though that kind of situation is rare, it’s often the case that ambulances have to take tourists to the nearest hospital in Nicoya. Although the facilities in Nicoya hospital are generally good, there are certain injuries they aren’t equipped to deal with. For instance there is no neurosurgery unit , MRI or catscan facilities at Nicoya, so depending on your injury, you may then have to be transferred to Liberia or San Jose, and it gets extremely expensive. It seems that in the excitement of planning a vacation people think that nothing can possibly go wrong and it’s amazing how many people come to me in need of care with no medical travel insurance.

Hopefully the following information won’t be necessary, but for more information on the services available at Paradise Medical services call 2682-1212. For emergencies call either 8865-7892 or 8823-1355