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



Sunset Peak – One more reason Nosara is first choice for retreat organizers

Sunset Peak is currently for sale. Click this link to view the 

SPKAs Nosara further cements it’s position as one of Central Americas leading holistic hotspots it’s no surprise that the local retreat centers are taking a precedent setting number of reservations. Whether it be yoga, surf, health and fitness, or conferences and weddings, rest assured that there’s a place in Nosara which has you covered. Well now there’s a new kid on the block and if early reports are any indication it’s already set to be one of the local retreat industry forerunners.



SPPOne year ago, after prospective buyer Luis Davila saw the practically limitless potential of the property now known as Sunset Peak he immediately knew he’d discovered a place, that with the correct nurturing could soar above and beyond the competition. After signing on the dotted line with full confidence that a little tender loving care was all that was needed to awaken the latent possibilities inherent in this stunning property, he went from prospective buyer to proud new owner. “In a place as SPQincredible as Nosara you don’t have to search too far to find bliss, particularly when many of your clients are traveling from places where constant sunshine, warm breezes, perfect waves and natural beauty aren’t as abundant as they are in Nosara” said Luis. “But there are certain places to stay around the world where the management mission statement is to take guests beyond bliss. The level of customer service needed to achieve this is immense, however just as important is the location. As soon as I saw Sunset Peak I knew that having this as a location for a multipurpose retreat center was a no brainer.”

SPMOne Glimpse from the Rancho at the edge of Sunset Peak’s expansive outer Terrace is enough to appreciate what Luis was thinking. Set back from the huge pool, and scattered with native wood furnishings it serves as the perfect place for anything from a yoga class, to a dining location unparalleled for treating guests to the sublime light show of a Pacific Sunset.

SPOThe 2 acres on which Sunset Peak sits comprises a large main house with 4 bedrooms, and a second living area with 2 bedrooms. Sunset Peak can comfortably accommodate up to 15 guests. As well as being perfect for retreat groups, Sunset Peak is also available as a vacation rental. For more information check out the new website, or contact Nosara Real Estate Report.











Tennis is now a true lifestyle option at 506

cIts no secret that in addition to yoga and surfing Costa Rica offers an immense range of outdoor activities to get the heart racing. In a country where you can find fun ways to exercise at every turn it comes as no surprise that tennis in Costa Rica is proving such a hit, and spearheading this surge in popularity is the town of Nosara. While this may seem a bold statement one need look no further than the fact that in a town so small there now exists three separate areas housing tennis courts. In 2008 there were only 3 tennis courts in Nicoya, 2 in dTamarindo and a small number of others in private residences scattered around the Guanacaste peninsular. It is courtesy of Club Colibri, Nosara Tennis club and the continuous improvements being made at the 506 community development that only six years later Nosara has more courts than any other town on the Guanacaste peninsular. In a town famed primarily for surfing and yoga one man is confident enough in the future of Nosara as a Central American tennis mecca to put his money where his mouth is.

aIn the three years since North Carolina expat Sam Carver broke ground on the 506 tennis development it’s already played host to a Costa Rican national doubles final and the Costa Rican equivalent of the Davies cup. In addition to attracting high level coaching clinics from the United States 506 has made significant moves to encourage local talent, and now holds regular clinics specifically aimed at grooming local youngsters into serious competitors. “I always knew there were kids in Costa rica who would be great at tennis if they were given the opportunity” says Sam. “We now run affordable clinics for 7-9 and 9-11 year old local kids. bIt’s very exciting to see this really becoming part of the community and it’s encouraging that it’s got so popular in such a short time. Three years ago we had a big field and a plan to build two tennis courts and develop it from there. 3 years later we’ve got 3 tennis courts and we have the condo project.”

gWhile 506 is helping youngsters realize dreams of tennis stardom, the ‘condo project’ Sam is referring to is helping people to realize another dream – owning a great coastal property at an affordable price. The Hidden Palms condos are a mere 30 second walk from the tennis courts, and if any further proof was required that this place was truly a tennis flovers dream, one need simply check out the tennis court shaped swimming pool around which the condos have been created. “The condos are something for people who love tennis, who love Costa Rica and who want to invest in a community they can enjoy for the rest of their lives” says Sam. “This week we’ve had people staying from Australia, Chile, Greece, France, Argentina and Costa Rica. eThere’s a really eclectic international mix of people brought together by a simple love of tennis. Eventually there will be a total of 12 condos all of which represent a great option for those looking to live here, retire here, generate rental income or just visit for a fantastic vacation in paradise.”

kSo if you’re a tennis lover, yogi, surfer or just someone searching for an opportunity to own a slice of paradise at a price that doesn’t break the bank, a viewing of the Hidden Palms development should be at the top of your to-do list. For more information on how to be a part of this exciting new project contact us now.


Welcome to the Jungle – SIBU Sanctuary offers modern Garden of Eden lifestyle


3612,000 feet above sea level lies the Cordillera de Talamanca Costa Rican mountain range. According to legend this was the spot where the god Sibu saw fit to sow the seeds from which humankind would blossom. 150 miles North West of this Central American Shangri-La, on a dusty road 10 minutes from the Nosara coastline sits a large iron gate, nicely crafted but nondescript save for the two metal howler monkey images adorning its bars. It may look to the average passer-by like the home of an individual who simply thought metal monkeys an ornate way of welcoming visitors. While that may be true, a couple of minutes spent on the other side of these gates is evidence enough that the deity after which SIBU Monkey DSC08105Sanctuary took its name would have happily given his stamp of approval. The moment you set foot in SIBU’s central valley you see evidence that those who live here think outside of the box. Imagine the Garden of Eden if Adam and Eve had been landscaping visionaries, and then replace Adam and Eve with Vicki Coan – the driving force behind SIBU, and her husband – world record holding stunt pilot, absurdly talented musician, and reluctant renaissance man Steve Coan.

Prior to the founding of SIBU Monkey Sanctuary, the story of Steve and Vicki’s life together would read like a modern day Jack London yarn. On an idyllic U.S Virgin island a young sailor on his global circumnavigation is packing up after a day of soaring the cliffs in a hang glider with friends. Out of nowhere a horse meanders past atop of which is perched the girl of his dreams. They fall for each other, return to Steve’s family farm in the North Carolina mountains and run an aviation business in nearby Boone. Shortly thereafter they expand their operations to Florida. One day a tornado rolls through and lays waste to all they worked for. Soon after, Steve receives an offer to move to Hawaii to continue flying for a living. Many years later they take a vacation to Costa Rica, visit Nosara and realize they have found home. One Xmas night they hold a dinner for some local friends. The friends arrive with the gift of a baby monkey, orphaned after its mother had been electrocuted. After realizing that release was not an option, they keep the 37monkey and Vicki volunteers at a local monkey rescue initiative. After acquiring the land that became SIBU they dedicated themselves to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals displaced by the ongoing problem of human encroachment upon the fragile local jungle ecosystem. “We didn’t choose this. It chose us” says Vicki. “The problem of monkeys and other wildlife falling victim to man-made threats is entirely preventable, but it isn’t being prevented to the extent necessary. We are trying to help by becoming caretakers of a problem that shouldn’t exist, and although we’re passionate about the task placed before us our goal is working towards a future when places such as this don’t need to exist.”

The mission at SIBU is to rescue orphaned, injured and displaced animals and provide them with the food and medical care they need with the aim of releasing them back into the wild. Although the message is simple, the dedication required to meet the practical aspects of this challenge is anything but. While Vicki spends most of the day taking care 38of the monkeys Steve is in charge of SIBU’s grounds. “We’ve put years of care into the place” says Steve. “We’ve sown thousands of seeds, plants and trees to encourage growth of the varying natural food sources that the animals will need once they’re released.” The seeds that Steve and Vicki have invested so much time in sowing are finally beginning to bear fruit. Anteaters, kinkajous, jagarundis, kudamundis and particularly howler monkeys are now full time residents of the SIBU grounds. They have all been attracted by both the plentiful supply of food, and the fact that the property lies equidistant between two major water sources – the Rio Nosara and the Rio Montana.

39“This place is a very unique geological anomaly, and the way we’ve cared for the grounds has made it a safe harbor for animals fallen victim to the loss of their natural habitat. It’s an animal refuge where the animals live as nature intended. SIBU attracts and supports an abundance of wildlife that you wouldn’t see in other places. We’ve spent years planting whats needed to ensure the food these animals rely on is abundant, and its paying off” says Steve.

34A quick viewing of the parcels of land available at SIBU Monkey Sanctuary is clear evidence that as much thought has gone into these lots as has gone into the development of the adjoining 50 acres of land in the rest of the property. They are flat and secluded, ranging in size from about 1 ½ acres to over 8 acres, and panoramic mountain and Pacific Ocean view notwithstanding – completely encircled by Costa Rican Jungle. These properties truly seem to offer an incredible opportunity for the growing number of individuals seeking to reconnect with nature.

“We bought the property in 2005 and began the sanctuary soon after” says Vicki. At that time everything came out of our own pocket and we had to figure out a way to keep the sanctuary afloat. We decided to place small pieces of the land on the market to be sold strictly to like minded people with no intention of sub dividing or clear cutting. People who like the idea of living in a serene natural environment while embracing the fact that rehabilitated animals are being released on the property. Over the whole 50 acres we have limited the number of lots available to only 8.”

35“We’re actively soliciting for environmentally responsible parties wishing to partake in a lifestyle designed to act as a blueprint for sustainable living that poses zero threats to the environment” says Steve. “We have been and will continue to be very selective about our buyers. It seems there’s a lot of people coming to Nosara to opt out of the system, and that’s great, but if they’re going to trade that system for this system then they need to be mindful of leaving as small a footprint as humanly possible.”

SIBU is located only 10 minutes from Nosara’s Airport, grocery stores, post office, medical clinic and other services. A short drive South will bring you to one of the most beautiful 7 mile crescent beaches in all of Costa Rica. The deserted beach of Playa Nosara sits just West of SIBU. Prospective SIBU residents get to enjoy all the amenities of Nosara while having a place that offers all the the tranquility they could wish for to call home

Are you interested in owning property in this blossoming sanctuary community? If you’re inspired to partake in one of Costa Ricas most unique and truly exciting real estate opportunities then contact us now to take the next step.


New businesses set to go in Nosara!!

 The hotels are filling up, the dust masks are standard issue and seldom does a single wave go unridden. The 2014 Nosara high season has started with a bang, and the increase in visitors has given rise to some cool new businesses up and running in town. Check out the Nosara Real Estate Reports guide to the latest offerings from it’s business community.


La Bodega Mercado

labodeg3What – Anyone recall Panchos? Well forget whatever you remember because the whole spot now has a brand new face courtesy of the of the team that dreamed up La Bodega Mercado. The love that’s gone into the place is evident as soon as you step in. From the incredible wine selection, the full range of superfoods, the spice and flour range, the brand new dĂ©cor, through to the tunes that will have you dancing while you shop.

The new owners have left no stone unturned in their quest to provide Nosara residents with fresh and alternative produce at unbeatable prices. La Bodega has just opened and is already a hit with local residents. Expect more great things in the very near future including a deli section featuring the full range of outrageously tasty juices from Go-Juice.

labodega2Where – Left turn coming from Playa Guiones at 5 points, midway down the road to Playa Pelada on the left

When – Weekdays and Saturday 8AM-7PM Sunday 10AM-5PM

Contact – 2682-0282



crbarWhat – Rumblings regarding whats happening with this as yet nameless space have been traversing the Nosara coconut wire for some time now. After speaking with the team taking over the place Nosara Real Estate Report can confirm that plans are underway for a Costa Rican Gastropub with a ton of heart, designed to remind people that despite the westernization of Playa Guiones, we still live in Costa Rica. Expect great music, awesome food, insane beers and unforgettably good times at prices that reflect the true Costa Rican experience. Be excited!!

Where – Next to el ferreteria

When – Soon enough!

Contact – TBA

El Centro Comercial

bombaWhat – The new Nosara commercial center currently has a Liquor store/Minisuper and a souvenir shop. With a few spare units running adjacent to these it probably won’t be long before a few new businesses move in. Watch this space!



Living Cafe

nosara1What – Building on the success of the previous season the Living Cafe is back with a brand new menu. This menu features a wide range of unique signature dishes that are currently proving wildly popular with guests. Whether it be The Whole Shabang, The Divine Calling or the Blue Rhapsody all items on the menu are as delicious as their inventive names would suggest. The smoothies and desserts are equally glorious. If you haven’t yet checked out the Living Cafe yet you’re in for a treat.

Where – The Living Hotel – Playa Guiones North

When – Currently 8AM-4PM but dinner opening coming soon

Contact – 8377 0037 / 2682 5201

Go juice

gojuice gojuice2What – In bygone days the mere mention of a ‘food truck’ would conjure images of a dilapidated trailer doling out noxious, greasy food and empty calories. Times have changed. Thanks to popular chefs and quirky foodies getting in on the act the modern day food truck has become a celebration of fine cuisine. After washing down the Poke Tuna bowl (raw poke tuna over sushi rice with ginger, sesame and soy sauce) with one of Go Juices freshly blended range of juices it becomes clear that ‘fresh cuisine’ is the surefire mandate for Playa Guiones first food truck. If you haven’t experienced the Go Juice food truck then it should be at the top of your to do list because raw fruit and vegetables never tasted so damn good.

Where – At the intersection to the North Entrance of Playa Guiones

When – 8AM-5PM Everyday

Contact – 8682-4692

Nosara Surf Academy

kimboWhat – Strictly speaking, Nosara Surf Academy is not a new business, however the location has changed and it looks set to become stronger than ever. Nosara Surf Academy has used it’s established history of success as a platform to move onwards and upwards. The new office boasts a huge quiver of new surfboards and if you thought the previous location at The Gilded Iguana was good, wait until you see where they are now.

kimbo2Where –  At the intersection to the North end of Playa Guiones

When – 7.30AM-5.30PM

Contact-8535-5855 / 2682 0309


iquadWhat – Again, not a new business but one which has changed locations and still promises the same incredible service that has established it as Nosaras leading ATV tour and rental company. If you’ve yet to experience rolling through the Guanacaste hills and rivers perched on one of these things then you should make it a priority.

iquad2Where – 50M past the Frogpad in Casa Limon

When – 9AM-5PM Everyday

Contact – 8629-8349


sadfWhat – Despite an element of mystery surrounding the spot formerly known as Pacific Azul we have it on good authority that the space will soon be transformed into a rotisserie chicken eatery named ‘Macho’ restaurant. For more info you’ll just have to wait until it opens.

Where – Opposite Kaya Sol on the former Pacifico Azul location

When – Opening hours TBA

Contact – 2682-0700

Solo Bueno

solobueno2What – Remember the ultra chill, surf shack hostel on the way to the North entrance of Playa Guiones? Well, it’s undergone a major facelift, and after major work and a whole lotta love it was recently unveiled to the public. Anyone who attended the recent Caricaco Festival opening party is now well aware that despite the changing vibe of Solo Bueno the place is at least as cool, and arguably infinitely cooler than it used to be. Solo Bueno restaurant and bar is now open for business with a menu featuring insane mojitos, seared scallops, New York strip steak and a range of dishes concocted from the days freshest ingredients. Watch this space for coming live entertainment.

solobuenoWhere – Look for the signs 250m down on the left when heading to the beach on the North Playa Guiones road

When – 11.30AM – 10PM

Contact – 2682-1284


RAD Boutique

zxcvWhat – If it’s clothes you’re looking for then Playa Guiones has a wealth of options, providing those clothes are boardshorts, tank tops, T-shirts and Yoga Pants. But if you’re after something a little more elegant then RAD boutique has got you covered. As the restaurants and nightlife in Playa Guiones head more upmarket RAD boutique was created to fill the long overlooked gap in the market pdfkmhbto provide elegant, stylish ladies clothing and accessories. Despite being around last season the owner of RAD Boutique has taken it up a notch and now operates out of a great location on Guiones High Street. Definitely worth checking out.

Where – Follow the upper terrace steps from Cafe De Paris. RAD boutique is just before Howling Monkey Tours.

When – Mon – Sat 10AM-4PM

Contact – 8320-6377



tibidaboWhat – Tibidabo offers an enticing range of traditional Spanish dishes including paella, imported meats and cheeses and some seriously habit-forming desserts. Maximum culinary love in an elegant minimalist setting with great service, great styling and great food.

Where – Driving to the beach on the Central Playa Guiones Entrance take the first left after Coldwell Banker

When – 12PM-10PM everyday except Tuesdays

Contact – 2682-0837

Nosara Love

love2What – As Nosara shifts towards becoming increasingly upmarket it’s refreshing when something comes along to remind us of the towns hippy roots. Susana and Manolo have done exactly that in the shape of Nosara Love. This stunning little bohemian boutique was constructed from recycled wood and represents a truly unique way to display their impressive loverange of ladies clothing, leather accessories and jewelry. All of the products on offer at Nosara Love were made in Costa Rica by small independent family companies and this place should surely serve as a blueprint for the future approach to business planning in Nosara.

Where –  On the land between Cachos Surf School

When – 10AM-6PM

Contact – 2682-0182

Chorotega Surf School

chorotegaWhat – Two of Nosaras best and most well established surf instructors have decided to branch out and start their own surf school. Much as you’d expect from a surf school run by instructors of this caliber the list of happy customers is huge. As the Playa Guiones surf instruction market steadily grows expect these guys to be at the front of the pack.

Where – Chorotega operates out of Momma Rosa Hotel.

When – All year round

Contact – 8518-9495


Nosara Concierge

NC3What – Whats better than a Costa Rican vacation? Nothing! Unless of course during the course of that vacation everything from your accommodations, personal chef, adventure tours, spa services and literally everything else you can imagine has been taken care of before you arrive. Nosara concierge was created to provide all of the above and more, with the sole aim of guaranteeing its clients the most stress free vacation possible. The word vacation literally means to ‘leave behind’ and if you’re the kind of person who intends to do exactly that then Nosara Concierge is there to exceed your expectations.

NC2Where – Nosara Concierge has an office behind Bagelmens

When – Year Round



Sunset peak

SP3What – This 2 acre private property has recently been transformed into a luxury haven for family and friends, retreat groups, destination wedding groups and anyone looking to spend an incredible vacation in Nosara. Sunset peak is perched atop of Las Huacas mountain, and despite the revamp the view remains as spectacular as ever. Sunset peak boasts an expansive main house, a double and single cabina, a huge swimming pool, outdoor bar area, a beautiful rancho, and a few thousand square meters of lush gardens to explore.

Where – Las Huacas Mountain

When – All year round



Costa Rica Reef Adventures

chimoWhat – If science devised a way to hardwire a sonic fishfinder device to someones brain then the result would be local Nosara legend Allan (chimpi) Matarrita. Actually, for the sake of accuracy his name is now Captain Matarrita because he just went and got himself a sweet new boat. In addition to half day and full day fishing tours services include sunset cruises and marine life watching tours. Despite being the new kid on the block early reports indicate great things.

Where – Playa Garza

When – All year round

Contact – 8612-2347 or check out the Costa Rica Reef Adventures Facebook page.




Businesses unite as Nosara declares war on plastic


wildpoldsriedIn a wind-swept corner of East Germany sits the town of Wildpoldsried. At first glance this quaint European hamlet of only 2600 people seems an unlikely place to start a revolution, however dig a little deeper and you’ll see why this town is winning every environmental award under the sun – the same sun that supplies them with a clean energy surplus of over 321 percent.

solusRecently, Fox News, under the helmsmanship of gazillionaire, media misanthrope Rupert Murdoch, a mob of either misinformed, or more likely crookedly corrupt pundits presented this segment. It claimed the levels of solar energy produced in Germany couldn’t be produced in the United States because, wait for it,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Germany is way sunnier. Yes. You read that right – Germany is sunnier than the United States. The undertones are glaringly obvious, and translate to “shut the hell up, focus on Kim Kardashians ass, and accept that clean energy isn’t appearing on the menu anytime soon.” Despite being a major shareholder in so many fossil fuel companies, surely climate change denier Rupert Murdoch couldn’t have a vested interest in campaigning against clean energy, right? If Murdoch has his way then poet Gil Scott Heron was spot on in asserting “the revolution will not be televised”. If the revolution was being televised then the achievements of places like wildpoldsried would be global front page news.

While were on the subject of issues unlikely to make the mainstream news anytime soon how about this one: Exxon Mobil, Koch Industries, Rupert Murdochs Newscorp and the rest of the environmental hoodlums appearing on the list of high profile fossil fuel lobbyists.

As people awaken to the environmental havoc that these entities wreak, Western governments are plummeting down the popularity polls with unprecedented speed. Americans watch helplessly as congress limps along, indifferent to their forsalconcerns, incapable of implementing policy, redistributing resources according to whims, enslaved by the interests that bankroll the politicians who run it. In the opinion of all but those entrusted to run the system, the system has failed, and herein lies the irony: The same system which tries to subdivide people according to race, social strata and other illusory divisions, has inadvertently begun to unite people. Research shows that global populations are increasingly unified in their growing apathy towards a system hellbent on ignoring their concerns, which brings us back to the town of Wildpoldsried. As mainstream media continues to hoodwink it’s dwindling audience about the abundance of clean energy options, Wildpoldsried exemplifies the growing number of communities in which skepticism over the ability of existing power structures to enact change has reached breaking point. In a world currently fertile with opportunities wildpoldsried serves as a blueprint for those who have realized that change will only come when citizens are emboldened to leave those decaying structures behind and take direct action.

So what exactly does this have to do with Nosara? The answer, though multifaceted, is essentially simple. Firstly,  Costa Rica is not some kind of wild West where laws should be not be adhered to. On the contrary. However if you’re looking for a place in which people come to find freedom from certain rules, regulations and bureaucratic booby traps then this is it. 

Second: generally speaking, the residents of Nosara, both expat and local, are well intentioned, environmentally minded individuals who genuinely care about the unique, fragile and potentially threatened place they call home. The structure and system of Nosara is in large part what the inhabitants choose it to be, and a few nefarious individuals notwithstanding, they choose preservation and protection.

Amongst a myriad of other contributing factors, it’s the aforementioned that best highlight just why Nosara is so fertile for the kind of movement that the dictionary defines simply as this:


Nosara Real Estate Report recently spent time with a Nosara Resident who personifies the results that can be achieved when one person makes independent, grass roots moves to enact change. Originally from Maryland Page Sieffert is a pilates instructor, and local campaigner who first visited Nosara 12 years ago. After marrying a local Costa Rican business owner, Page is now the proud mother of a two year old boy. Page recently shot to local stardom after a video plea she made to cut down on the unnecessary use of plastic in Nosara went viral.

GB“It came about because the young kids in my neighborhood were not being educated about trash disposal,” says Page. “They didn’t see that what gets thrown in the river ends up in the ocean. One day, after a big rain, a ton of plastic washed up on the beach and I got into a conversation with one of the local kids about it. I showed him pictures of the Pacific garbage pile and a picture of a fish with plastic in its belly. Some of these families rely on the ocean and rivermouth as a tur4source of food and this young child was visibly shocked at what he saw. That evening I had dinner with a friend. We talked about what had happened and it was my friends 10 year old daughter who came up with the plastic challenge idea.”

I knew firstly I had to analyze my own behavior, and then ask myself what I could do to try and ignite some kind of change. I thought about how often myself and others return from the beach with plastic trash they have collected that day. It was frustrating that after carrying other peoples trash from the beach to the car park trash cans, I’d then spend more time picking up the plastic straws people had thrown on the ground after finishing their pipa drinks.”

“Right before I was about to make the video I ran into my friend Jessica. She runs the recycling center and informed me they had run out of funding for the recycle trucks. At the end of my challenge video I challenged my friends Yali and Kristen to come up with something, and they came up with something incredible. After appealing to local business we had managed to raise enough money to keep the recycling trucks running for another two years.” 

Since the release of Pages Nosara challenge video the domino effect has been swift and better yet, effective. In addition to the funds raised for the recycling trucks, moves are now underway to drastically reduce the use of plastic in Nosara. NPNP2What started as a campaign targeting plastic straws has now lead to a string of Nosara businesses boycotting the sale of plastic bottles. “The Nosara No Plastic idea was a collaborative project that grew from the Nosara Plastic Challenge,” says Page. “Its great how this campaign has resonated with the community and taken on a life of its own, and really highlights the willingness of the business community to take collective action.”

NPNP3The plastic bottle campaign is simple, in that you can’t buy one, at least not in participating businesses. Instead, you pay six dollars (a dollar of which goes to local initiatives) for a medium sized reusable glass bottle, and then refill it for free (or a voluntary donation) at any of the partaking outlets whose logos are displayed on the back of the bottle. These include: Beach Dog Cafe, Howling Monkey, Pilates Nosara, Taco Taco, Coconut Harry’s (store and school), La Bodega Minisuper in Pelada, El Chivo restaurant, Go Juice, Il-Basilico restaurant, Living Hotel, Remax, 506,  Del Mar Academy and Solo Bueno. Although these bottles are yet to hit the shelves organizers hope the campaign to be in full swing by the beginning of the 2014 high season.

Following on from the plastic bottle initiative is the Nosara Sustainable Restaurants campaign. At the time of writing this initiative remains in its infancy, however organizers are hopeful that the majority of Guiones restaurants will get on board. Partaking restaurants in Nosara have pledged to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • SRAUse only biodegradable take out containers
  • Compost all food leftovers
  • Donate waste kitchen oil for bio-diesel
  • Only sell reusable glass bottle drinks
  • Abstain from using plastic cutlery or straws
  • Recycle everything they can

“To claim that the Nosara challenge has completely changed the place would be an exaggeration,” says Page. “I know that  there are so many passionate people doing great work, but if the plastic challenge has raised awareness of some of the environmental issues we are facing then I’m happy. People are recycling more, even if thats simply because of the information that’s been made available. Many people want to recycle but are unsure how to go about it. I think this all begins with education, and if nothing else at least the challenge has raised awareness and education.”

Nosara Real Estate Report is confident it speaks on behalf of the Nosara community in expressing gratitude for the great work done by all who have participated and taken inspiration from the Nosara Plastic challenge. If you have further suggestions Page can be contacted at . That said, if you really feel like doing something, remember that this is a grass roots movement, and in the immortal words of Jesus, or Gandhi, or Nike (we can’t remember which) JUST DO IT!!!


10 Reasons why Nosara is probably not for you

1. No beach bars or Restaurants on Playa Guiones

A wise man once asked “whats the point in having civilization if we can’t have vacations, and whats the point of even having vacations if we can’t spend them on the beach drinking?” It’s commonly agreed that the beach bar is undoubtedly the best thing humankind has ever invented. Whether it’s an ocean breeze, a sublime cocktail or soothing tropical music a beach bar is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and make beachbarnew friends. If you love nothing more than being served a luscious cocktail, while sitting back and watching the waves roll in……then unfortunately Nosara is definitely not for you. Before paying for a ticket be forewarned that Nosara is awash with pesky, altruistic, beatniks with a weird infatuation for putting their money where their ecological mouth is. At some point in the past a do-gooder posse of political party-poopers decided that a turtles right to reproduce trumps your freedom to party. They then imposed rigid development regulations forbidding construction along the Playa Guiones shoreline. If you find yourself sitting in the sand against a backdrop of only tropical vegetation, watching sunset armed only with a guitar and cooler of beers (that you had to lug there yourself) then at least you’ll know who to blame.

2. Lack of creature comforts

Lynxs.Eric.Valli69To many folks, roughing it in the jungle looks great in the brochure, providing of course they’re not reading that brochure perched on the throne, dreading the imminent, palpable feeling of disgust that accompanies having to place the used toilet paper in the adjacent trash can. Starbucks, McDonalds, Burger King? Forget about it! You might find an ice-cold coke but if it’s trendy shoe stores, fancy beauty products or junk food you’re after then you may want to refund your ticket – pronto. If that’s not an option then at least you can wash away your regrets with a glass of the worlds finest rum (alongside one of the best empanadas this side of anywhere.)

3. Animal attacks

jaguar-attackYep, you heard it right. Sure, they seem adorable on the National Geographic Channel, but wait and see how cute the 350 pound kitty-carnivore looks when he’s barreling towards you at 50mph with the sole intent of bursting your head like a ripe melon. And if you think it’s just the big guys that wreak havoc then apparently you’ve not heard of dengue fever. If you’re unfamiliar with the microscopic ‘Aedes Aegypti’ mosquito then fear not. After tasting the love that this airborne terrorist has to offer you will definitely remember his name (assuming you survive). If you’d rather take the more traditional departure route; at home in a warm bed wit’ ya boots on then Nosara probably isn’t for you.

4. That Playstation you bought your kids will just gather dust

If you choose to move to a place with a huge expanse of stunning beach, skate parks, perfect surf, horse riding and a multitude of other activities to set your child’s pulse racing then be prepared for the consequences. Guaranteed all of the aforementioned PStationactivities will see your kids hooked faster than a candy coated angry bird. The phrase “take me to the beach” will echo in your mind like a bad McDonalds TV jingle, which may then ignite a craving for a crappy hamburger, which will come as a double blow upon learning there ain’t none of those in Nosara.

5. Yeah, we’re cute….So what?

surfergirlDiets to die for, multiculturalism, an abundance of exercise options, clean air and sunny skies have blended gloriously in Nosara to form a biological melting pot of irresistible humans. Many visitors celebrate the fact Nosara boasts a blatantly unfair helping of hot people. However, many others, after realizing that competition is fierce and their perceived prowess won’t prove as effective in this bastion of the beautiful, dejectedly return home and weep inconsolably in front of the mirror.

6. The animals are way too noisy

MonkeysIf the incessantly bright sun rays poking through your curtains every morning aren’t enough to disturb your  slumber then rest assured the jungle dawn chorus will finish the job. Chattering parrots, cicada symphonies, and a cacophony of howler monkeys screeching over who gets to steal the fruit from your mango tree. If hanging out in a modern day Jurassic park is not what you had in mind for your tropical vacation then Nosara is not for you.

7. It rains 3 months of the year

lightningThat romantic pitter-patter of raindrops on a tin roof – forget about it. Sunny afternoons between August to November are when the heavens open and unleash torrential deluges and thunderstorms that can often stretch the entire night. If you have ever tried to sleep through a thundering equatorial rainstorm then you’ll understand. If this isn’t enough to dissuade you then consider this: The post-rainstorm jungle can become so incandescently green that you’re going to need sunglasses to protect against going flash blind.

8. Wanderlust will be a distant memory

paspMany people visit Nosara as a mere stopping point on their epic journey to explore the globe. The phrase “I only came here for a week” is a mantra heard ten years down the road from many such folk whose travel plans were inadvertently intercepted by Nosaras infinite allure. Unfortunately being smitten with a place is a double-edged sword. If you’re the type who whimpers at the thought of ditching your travel schedule after accidentally stumbling upon heaven on earth, then Nosara is most definitely not for you

9. Beach attire or boardroom attire – Whats the difference?

laptop-sandRegardless of where you are in the world choosing ones outfit for the day ahead can be agonizing. Nosara is no different. Much like selecting the correct tie to compliment your shirt, deciding whether your boardshorts, bikini bottoms or yoga pants jibe with your top can be excruciating. Get used to it. Even the executives in Nosara dress like they just emerged from a Castaway themed rainforest rave. For those whom ‘dressing for success’ amounts to a daily donning of the latest designer ensemble this can prove wildly frustrating. Nevertheless, this is Nosara where anything goes, and if wearing a suit is what rocks your socks then go right ahead. Hopefully you won’t get mistaken for a funeral director or federal agent!

10. No-one will care who you were in a previous life

signUnless you’ve figured out a way to make your shiny new urban Humvee power a sound system when the electricity goes out, then your high powered, stupendously salaried executive position won’t score you any points with the locals. The natives are gritty, and the expats understand the hard-nosed realism inextricably linked with a plunge into the unknown. Nosara is brimming with authentic, interesting, self-assured people many of whom possess the innate ability to smell a fraud a mile away. If you think relying on your city-slicker wits and bottomless bank-account will score you the type of breakFfriends you’re used to, then Nosara is definitely not for you. If however you’re willing to trade being perfect for being authentic, who you have been for who you can become, and substitute trying to impress people with how you can add value to their lives, then maybe, just maybe, Nosara could be for you.






The Expat Guide to Nosara Schools

Update for 2021-2022

Coming Soon!

Maybe it’s down to a growing discontent with the state of affairs in their home nations, or that internet speeds nowadays allow for portable careers, or that people are simply seeking a better existence for themselves and their family. Maybe it’s a combination of all of the above. Either way the net result is conclusive: that increasing numbers of parents are nowadays choosing to jump their native ship in favor of new horizons.

o-CHILD-SURFING-900But what exactly are these ‘horizons’ comprised of ? Beaches, surf, yoga, fresh food, cleaner air, a safer environment, a more active lifestyle? Granted, these are undoubtedly luxuries that life in a place like Nosara affords us. However the precursor to the enjoyment of these luxuries are the underlying necessities, or more simply; the basic building blocks that enable expats to build a life here. And if you ask a significant number of expats who have endeavored to build that life what the key necessity is, their answer (food, water and oxygen notwithstanding) will be unanimous – schools!

nosara2Expat parents in Nosara are all too aware that uprooting their family to move here is a life changing event not only for them but for their fledgling Einsteins. One of the biggest obstacles is finding the right school for their children. While the educational transition from one country to another will doubtlessly bring challenges, the fact that new environments broaden perspective and play a major role in their child’s positive development is a critical motivating factor.

With this in mind the Nosara Real Estate Report has published the following guide to the schools in Nosara. Please note the information contained herein provides only a brief snapshot of what these schools offer. More detailed information can be found on the website of each respective school.

Del Mar Academy


13204421700-delmaracademy02Founded in September, 2007 as a nonsectarian, co-educational, independent day school Del Mar Academy provides education for children from diverse backgrounds from as young as 18 months though to grade 8. Their schooling model is based upon Montessori principles of independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural  physical, psychological, and social development. The higher grades incorporate the international Baccalaureate program. Del Mar Academy states that they aim to guide students towards being “aware, agile and effective global citizens armed with globally recognized qualifications.”


11Toddlers: Practical life skills – motor skills – language skills – Sensorial skills – Basic Math skills – Dramatic play – Art

Ages 3-6: language – Mathematics – Science & Environmental studies – Geography & Culture – History – Practical life / Life management skills – Sensorial exercises – Physical Education, Health & Athletics – Peace Education

Lower / Upper elementary: English and Spanish Language arts – Mathematics – Science – Social sciences – Information Communications Technology – Life Skills – Economics and money management skills – Community involvement and service – Peace education

Middle school: The middle school curriculum continues with Montessori principles while placing increasing emphasis on preparing students for the International Baccalaureate Program. In addition to core studies such as math and science middle schoolers will be introduced to physical education, technology, agriculture, music, industrial and plastic arts, and life skills.


Del Mar Academy accepts applications and inquiries from all parents of children ranging from 18 months to 13 years old.

Although anyone may apply Del Mar states that the admissions committee assigns priority for admission according to the following criteria:

560428_10150893964003649_1352532771_nFirst admission priority is given to:

  • Siblings of currently enrolled students
  • Commitment to the Montessori Philosophy
  • Montessori Transferees


DMA fees are payable as either a single payment or 3 separate payments. Separate payments are subject to a nominal admin fee.

Toddlers annual payment
8.00am – 11.30am 5 days = $2500   3 days = $1950   2 days = $1375
11.30am – 3.00pm 5 days = $2500   3 days = $1950   2 days = $1375
8.00am – 3.00pm    5 days = $4428   3 days = 3320     2 days = $2214

Casa Half Day Tuition: Available to 3-4 year olds – Annual fee = $5950

Casa Full Day Tuition: Annual fee = $8041

Elementary (Lower and Upper) Annual fee = $8100

Middle and High School (7th, 8th, and 9th grades) Annual fee = $8170

What the school says

10356418_10152323383313649_3629379828901978185_nThe observations and teachings of Dr Maria Montessori serve as the platform from which The Del Mar Academy educational model takes its inspiration. Through a range of hands-on activities including motor skill coordination, spatial refinement and kinetic movement Del Mar Academy encourages students to develop their observation skills and their ability to learn independently. Research has shown that the leading indicator of future success is a sense of self-assurance. It has been clearly proven that if encouraged to make decisions from a young age children become independent, free thinking problem solvers who manage their time well and become highly functional adults. Under the careful guidance of teachers the Montessori approach spurs children on to make their own choices, and to take initiative while cultivating self-respect and a sense of personal accountability.
Del Mar foresees itself becoming a beacon of modern education. Changing times call for changed approaches. We created a program that helps our students to graduate with the confidence to seize exciting new opportunities. It is our intention to equip young people with the necessary skills to face the impending challenges of adulthood.

What the parents say

Del Mar is a great school, which focuses on making education a pleasure rather than a chore. The Montessori approach works very effectively with my own children. My sons class is comprised of 6-9 year-olds. He takes class with both younger kids and older kids which affords him the opportunity to be both a mentor and an apprentice. The grounds and facilities are beautiful. The kids are outdoors a lot and both my wife and I love that Del Mar Academy places significant emphasis on a child’s connection with nature, something which is sorely absent in big city schools. One of the biggest benefits that the school provides is to Nosara as a community. Without Del Mar Academy many families simply wouldn’t be here, and this school has been pivotal in allowing many new families to call Nosara home. For some parents Del Mar Academy isn’t cheap, however I think for the level of education they provide it’s par for the course in this kind of environment. Obviously as more families are moving to Nosara there have been challenges. Enrollment has increased significantly but the school is doing a good job of accommodating and embracing the growth.

Telephone:  2682-1211

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Modern Spec Home in Guiones Beach Club

Modern Spec Home in Guiones Beach Club

Academy Del Sol


campus-beautification-day_planting-herb-garden-2_jun-20132-920x383Academy Del Sol provides a flexible, high quality, bilingual education in an environment for children from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition, to the academic curriculum they focus on promoting creativity and curiosity via hands on experiential learning. Academy Del Sol places significant emphasis on student involvement in the community. It strongly encourages its pupils to immerse themselves in the Costa Rican culture and activities such as surfing and community projects. Academy Del Sol is a U.S. Accredited satellite school.

guanacaste-day_girls_jan-2013-920x383The curriculum covers all of the core subjects integrating Science and Social Science, study units in Language Arts, Math, Art, Music and Drama. The academic standards are aligned with both U.S. and Costa Rica to provide a rigorous education. This year Academy del Sol will begin The Global Citizens program to give children the skillset to create more sustainable societies in harmony with nature. The course adopts project-based learning focusing on outdoor, hands-on activities. Students and community members will work together to create natural structured buildings, an organic edible garden and sustainable local business practices by applying traditional knowledge and modern perma-culture principles.

A good range of extracurricular activities including physical education, music, cooking, gardening and after school surfing are offered. Frequent field trips are taken to learn about the history, geography and culture of the local area.


The Academy del Sol website states that the following documents will be required for entry:

  • Transcripts from the last two years (not applicable for pre-kindergarten or kindergarten)
  • Results of standard or specialized testing, if requested and applicable
  • Two letters of recommendation – One social, One academic
  • A copy of the students passport and birth certificate
  • A copy of the child’s vaccination record


Academy Del Sol fees are based on the length of time the child is enrolled for the academic year. A five percent discount will apply if tuition fees for the full year are paid prior to the first day of the semester.

Full Day | Pre-K – Grade 6 –  10 months = $500   5 months = $600   3 months = $675
Half Day | Pre-K/K |               10 months = $370   5 months = $450   3 months = $525
Half Day | Pre-K/K |               10 months = $300   5 months = $400   3 months = $475

Family discounts apply to families with three or more children enrolled in the same academic year at HSBA or affiliate school Academy Del Sol Nosara. Third child = 10% discount. Fourth child = 15% discount. Fifth child = 20% discount

What the school says

primary-grades1-920x383Academy Del Sol is committed to providing high standards of guided independent learning and language instruction for both visiting and permanent students. We work tirelessly to create a safe and nurturing environment, which endeavors to remain as connected to the natural environment as we are to the students who share time here with us. In addition to our set curriculum, we place a significant emphasis on guiding students to become culturally and environmentally minded citizens.

What the parents say

Planting_960-by-420-920x383If you asked my son his opinion then the first thing he would say is “fun”. He loves to go to school and I love the fact that he returns home daily with increased environmental and community awareness. There is lots of reading and academic focus alongside activities like surfing and environmental studies. When he started at Academy Del Sol his English was minimal. His English progress has been swift and he is now genuinely bilingual. What myself and my child really love about Academy Del Sol is the sense of intimacy it brings both socially and educationally. It’s a fairly small initiative but I think that is one of its strong points. The small class sizes is one of the schools greatest selling points, and the amount of guidance and individual attention that students receive can not be over emphasized. The staff who run it work hard to deliver a good standard of learning and a great environment for a child to develop both educationally and emotionally.

Telephone: 2682-5398

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Home School Beach Academy Nosara


Teaching-1-920x383Home School Beach Academy (HSBAcademy) provides guided independent learning and Spanish language instruction for visiting middle and high school students (grades 7 – 12). Students following their own independent home school curriculum receive instructional oversight while visiting Costa Rica, be it for a few months or several years at a time. HSBA shares their facility and grounds with their sister school Academy del Sol Nosara.


Girls-920x383The HSBA curriculum utilizes individualized study plans guided by a facilitator. This gives students the flexibility to attend classes according to their own schedule. HSBA help arrange a wide variety of extracurricular activities that help students feel the warmth and sense of family that is integral to Costa Rican culture. Other activities outside of the program include Surf Club each Friday afternoon along with community events.


The HSBA website states that the following documents will be required for entry.

  • Transcripts from the last two years
  • A description of the curriculum the child will be studying alongside a document stating the child’s educational goals and learning objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation – One social, One academic
  • A copy of the students passport and birth certificate
  • A copy of the child’s vaccination record


Monthly tuition = $500. A five percent discount will apply if tuition fees for the full year are made prior to the first day of the semester

Family discounts apply to families with three or more children enrolled in the same academic year at HSBA or affiliate school Academy Del Sol Nosara. Third child = 10% discount. Fourth child = 15% discount. Fifth child = 20% discount

What the school says

Teaching-4-920x383HSBA is committed to providing high standards of guided independent learning and language instruction for both visiting and permanent high school students (grades 7-12). The advantage to our program is that students aren’t sitting in a classroom from 8 AM-3:00 PM every day providing more opportunities for our students to experience living and learning abroad.

What the parents say

Teaching-1-920x383I would like to say that I would highly recommend Home School Beach Academy Nosara to any interested family due to the way the school is run. The director’s never-ending energy and attention to detail amazed me. She is deeply involved with each and every student and cares about them and their family.

Telephone 2682-5398


Casa De La Estrellas


estrellas027.jpg.800x5000_q90Located midway between Playa Guiones and Garza on the beautiful and secluded beach of Playa Rosada Casa de las Estrellas Kindergarten has recently expanded to accommodate primary school students into the school. Casa de las Estrellas provides an environment that encourages a child’s imagination, sense of wonder, capacity for creative play and connection to the natural world.


10710603_590247317768366_5748947022667627792_nThe Casa de las Estrellas curriculum has been designed to provide children with a sense of security, balance and harmony while developing their emotions, cognitive skills and conscious awareness. Daily activities include morning assemblies to connect, engage and discuss the day ahead followed by playground and beach visits. Educational activities throughout the week consist of art, creative play, preparing food, arts and crafts, drawing and painting. The week is rounded off on Friday by creating healthy treats and crafts for both the classroom and home.


Admissions for Casa de las Estrellas is for youngsters between the age of 2.5-6 years old and is open to all. On their website it is clear that Casa de las Estrellas takes pride in its multicultural learning community. It states that a founding principle is to foster coexistence between children of different backgrounds regardless of income level. One of their fundamental principles is to promote respect of, and support for, children of different cultures and social strata. They believe an understanding of these differences is key to building equality, mutual respect and cultural assimilation.


10653347_590247627768335_422856736646903240_nCasa de las Estrellas has a monthly fixed fee of 200,000 colones, but families unable to meet this are not excluded and there is a range of scholarships available to families most in need. On their website Casa de las Estrellas states their belief that education based around holistic principles is the right of every child and not limited only to those who’s parents can afford it.

What the school says

Inspired by Waldorf educational principles Casa De las Estrellas was founded to provide daily rhythm to the lives of 2.5 to 6 year children in an environment of security and trust. We have created a program where students of different ages work on a range of activities including gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, woodwork, cleaning and storytelling in a fun environment. The mixed aged classes promote a strong sense of kinship which offer older children the opportunity to act as caregivers and role models. The child’s mind is nurtured and strengthened through a program of daily creative play while activities such as storytelling and art provide daily nutrition for their blossoming imaginations. Much of the day is spent outdoors appreciating and learning from the stunning surroundings and rich natural treasures of the local environment.

What the parents say

10411231_590247831101648_5882030443249920546_nCasa De Las Estrellas has created a great environment in which to teach children to love learning in a safe and secure environment. I like that the younger kids mix with the older kids and feel its a great system in which the kids get to play both mentor and apprentice. The people that run it are caring, attentive, highly attuned to a childs needs and motivations, and they treat my son with as much care as they would their own children. Casa De Las Estrellas is great value. I love that they make it affordable for parents of limited means and that their admissions policy works hard to cater to all parents regardless of their financial status. The school grounds are incredible. Casa De Las Estrellas places lots of emphasis on outdoor activities and as a parent I really couldn’t wish for a better setting for my child to begin their school years.

Nosara – An Adventurers Nirvana

In addition to some of the planets most consistent surf; jungles, rivers and mountain trails are just a selection of the features that the Nosara landscape offers. The net result is something pretty special: AN ADVENTURERS’ PARADISE!! If your’e looking to make the most of your time in Nosara then the following guide will show you how.


005Playa Guiones picks up both North and South facing swells delivering rideable waves here over 300 days a year. Great waves for newbies but still plenty of waves for everybody from beginner to expert.

Coconut Harrys Surf School:2682 1852

Nosara Tico surf school: 2682-4076

Cachos Surf School: 2682-5531

Safari Surf School: 2682-0113

Nosara Surf Academy: 2682-5082

Agua Tibia Surf School: 2682 5508

Surf Simply:


zip-lineTraversing majestic mountain ridges and valleys, soaring high above multiple ravines, with breathtaking vistas of rivers, waterfalls and the Pacific Ocean. Suitable for nature lovers, adventurers, families and all who wish to experience the ultimate canopy tour adventure; Miss Sky Canopy promises to be the experience of a lifetime: 2682-0969


horseridIf theres one thing Costa Ricans know about its horses. For novices and experienced riders alike, horse riding really rates as one of the foremost ways in which to immerse oneself in the splendour of the Costa Rican landscape. Playa Ponies: 2682-5096



fisSailfish, snapper, yellowfin tuna, snook, mahi mahi, roosterfish, black, blue and striped marlin – in short: some of the best sport-fishing on the planet. Fishing Nosara: 2682-0606



ATV rentals / tours

atvWhether you’re a veteran, or completely new to the thrilling sport of off-road ATVing, the terrain in and around Nosara provides an abundance of both epic scenery and first rate riding.

I-quad 8629-8349, Monkey Quads 2682 4067

Howling Monkey Buggies

howling-monkey-adventuresUnique military grade buggies with amazing local guides make for a safe and thrilling ride into remote terrain. Observe Howler Monkeys, exotic birds, and a variety of other jungle dwellers in their native state. Howling Monkey: 2682-0624



kThis tour has long been a favourite amongst Nosara visitors. After five minutes serenely paddling down the mangrove lined waters of the Rio Nosara, and palpably feeling your blood pressure drop as you float past a multitude of exotic species of birds and monkeys you’ll understand why. Drifters Kayaks: 2682 1280


yogNosara has gained international recognition as one of the worlds leading yoga hotspots. Here is a selection of some of the many options available to either novice or seasoned yogis.

Living Hotel: 2682 5201

Costa Rica Yoga Spa: 2682-0192

Nosara Yoga institute: 2682 0594

Studio Guiones:  2682-0096

Harmony Healing centre: 2682-4154

A match made in Nosara – Yoga, surfing and…

Who wants to hear more about how Nosara is a yoga and surfing Mecca? Okay, well then who wants to know how these activities correlate on a deep psychological level that promotes unity of body and soul? Okay….well then……

yogasurfAsk a skilled Yogi what’s on their mind during an advanced pose and the answer is a resounding “zilch”. Ask a surfer what they’re thinking while shooting through a barrel and the answer will be the same: Feeling? hell yes,  thinking – welcome to a wipe-out. Whether it be a flawlessly executed, hands-free lotus headstand or a perfect cutback, advice from those capable of performing such maneuvers always converges at the same point: Don’t think it….Just do it!!

1000px-Challenge_vs_skill.svg_Sports psychologists refer to it as ‘the zone‘ – a pinnacle human experience during which worry, fear and anxiety are temporarily suspended, and replaced by a level of consciousness that facilitates an otherwise impossible fluidity of precise physical movement. Hindus refer to it as ‘Dharma‘, Buddhists (and ninjas) as ‘mushin”, Yogis as ‘flow‘ and surfers as ‘that place where you lose yourself and find yourself’ – Okay, maybe not all surfers, in fact maybe just the surfer who when not yammering on about inner bliss was busy extracting cash from distraught bank clerks at gunpoint.

Nevertheless the point remains the same, and in a town replete with activities which vibe with this dharmic, Bodhi-esque approach it’s little wonder that tennis in Nosara is proving such a hit.


“Tennis requires a lot of concentration and discipline” says local pro and Club Colibri founder Dan Mainzer. “The principles underlying success at tennis fall in line with the same principles that yoga and surfing demand. Yoga teaches practitioners not to force any pose, but to find the depth of the pose in the moment. In surfing, unless you’re at Jeffreys Bay or G-Land it’s difficult to predict what the wave will do next. The wave energy you’re riding is often an unknown quantity best met with on the spot instinctual reactions. Nowhere will you find a more perfect example of an activity that incorporates all these concepts better than tennis. They’re solo sports that require presence, balance and instinctual movement. When these things come together it’s the best way to have fun and spirit you away from  your daily existence.”

IMG_1439_optAlthough Nosara is known by many visitors primarily for yoga and surfing Dan Mainzer is confident that Nosara can one day be held up in equal measure for tennis. “So many people come here for surfing, yoga, cleansing, and adventure but I hope to add to that list” he says. “Tennis is another activity where the lives of those who participate simply improve. There’s already a good range of things here geared towards helping both locals and tourists live better, but if we can add to that list then that can only be a good thing”.

10271540_863485697002100_2567101502454450733_n[1]In addition to promoting Nosara as a serious tennis destination Dan remains committed to raising the games profile on a local level. To that end much of his time is taken up coaching youngsters – something for which his enthusiasm is obvious. “You look at kids and can tell immediately whether they have the raw materials to excel at tennis. The kids that show promise have tenacity, determination and they constantly question things. Its these guys that truly make my job worthwhile.”

IMG_1515_optDan goes on to explain that just because a young tennis player exhibits the ingredients necessary to be a contender does not guarantee they’ll advance to the next stage. “Take soccer as an example. If you can kick a ball you can play, maybe not brilliantly but you can definitely partake and have fun. Tennis requires work, and the number of people who move from beginner to intermediate is around one in ten. I’ve been coaching juniors and high school level my whole professional life. It always fascinated me that out of all my kids that excelled at tennis only a handful failed to achieve great things scholastically or academically. It reflects that attitude truly is key.”

IMG_1548_opt (1)Dan is not alone in his mission to promote tennis in Costa Rica, evidence of which can be found in the rate at which Tennis courts are appearing all over Guanacaste. Spearheading this trend is Nosara where there is now three separate areas featuring tennis courts. “When I came to Nosara in July 2008 there were 3 courts in Nicoya, 2 courts in Tamarindo, and only a few private courts scattered along the Guanacaste peninsular” says Dan. Six years down the line and thanks to Nosara Tennis Club, the 506 development and Dan Mainzers very own, newly constructed clay courts at Club Colibri, Nosara now boasts more courts than any other town in Guanacaste.

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Club Colibri offers all you need to get your game on

Tennis has been historically dubbed a “sport for a lifetime”. If certain world-renowned scientists from varying disciplines are to be believed tennis really is up there as one of the most beneficial activities available. We already know that Nosara is a health Mecca, but if living in one of a handful of global blue-zones still isn’t enough here’s why you should think about taking up tennis:

  1. Tennis promotes tactical thinking and alertness. Scientists at the University of Illinois reported that this may well generate new connections and blaze new neurological pathways thus encouraging a lifetime of continuing brain development.
  2. After studying over 10,000 people for 20 years physician Ralph Paffenbarger concluded that those who play tennis 3 times a week (moderately to vigorously) cut their risk of death from unnatural causes in half.
  3. According to Dr, Jim Gavin, author of ‘The Exercise Habit,’ tennis outperforms the vast majority of other sports in helping to foster positive personality traits.
  4. A study by Dr Joan Finn at Southern Connecticut State University revealed that tennis players scored higher in self esteem, optimism and vigor and scored lower in tension, anxiety, confusion, anger and depression
  5. According to studies on caloric expenditures competitive tennis burns more calories than most other sports including cycling and aerobics.

Whether you’re a veteran or a complete novice there’s never been a better time to get involved in local tennis.  For more info on events, activities, coaching and equipment purchase call Dan Mainzer on 8707-4082


Thinking of buying property in Nosara? Then you should probably read this!

You’ve beat out the other offers, won the highly coveted acceptance of the seller and finally agreed on a dollar figure. It’s finally time to pull the trigger on the home of your dreams. What could possibly go wrong?


homeofyourdreamsMany of the foreign clients who come to Remax Nosara  share similar concerns about their Costa Rica investment plans. “What are the potential legal pitfalls of investing here?” is an issue that concerns everyone we meet. Rest assured that with the right people to guide you, the process of buying real estate should be neither intimidating or confusing. Remax Nosara has written the following property buying guide to outline the best and safest ways in which to invest with confidence so you enjoy your investment for many years to come. The following steps serve only as an informative guideline. You don’t have to be an expert on these. Remember that Remax Nosara is here to handle the hard work so you don’t have to.

Property types

Much like the US, Canada, and Europe, property types available to buyers vary. Understanding the different property types available is an essential component of the buying process. The main property types are:

A. Fee simple


This is by far the most popular way to own property in Costa Rica. The concept is the same here as it is in the US. Fee simple ownership gives the buyer total ownership of the property to enjoy as they see fit. Providing you conform to Costa Rican law, the owner may sell, lease, improve or develop the property according to their wishes. The fee simple option affords buyers a high degree of legal rights and represents the easiest and most convenient method of ownership. Interested in a fee simple lot / property or home? Click here to contact us.

B. Properties in condominium


When first time visitors to Costa Rica hear this term they often think of condominiums in the form of apartments, units or townhouses. In Costa Rica, however, “Condominium Law” exists in relation to the development of certain types of properties including condominiums, family homes, and finished lot projects. “Property in condominium” ownership is similar to “fee simple” ownership but usually carries developer-imposed restrictions designed to maintain both the integrity and aesthetic value of a property. Looking for a Nosara condominium? Click here to contact us and get your search started.

C. Time share


Much like in the US and Europe the time-share option grants ownership of the property to different individuals for certain weeks of the year. Time-share resorts represent a low cost way of owning a property and are becoming increasingly common in Costa Rica. Remax has a wide range of time share options. Click here to find out more.

D. Untitled property


This is the type of property that a smart realtor wisely steers clear of. Unless you are comfortable with the idea of a long, costly legal battle which you may ultimately lose, then our advice is simple: avoid at all costs.

E. Maritime zone


This is an area where legal issues become complex. Property within 150-200 meters of the ocean is subject to strict legislation and there are restrictions on foreign ownership. Land within the 150-200 meter zone is known as concession land. While it is possible in some cases to purchase the right to use concession land, any form of development is dependent on stringent legal measures. 

Let’s assume you have finally found the home of your dreams. Now for the paperwork. The following procedures outline the steps that you must take to safely and securely purchase a Costa Rican property. But first, in order to protect yourself while negotiating the obstacle course of paperwork and potential red tape, you will need a lawyer. Technically, a lawyer is not required to purchase property in Costa Rica. However to avoid the possibility of being ripped off, then the answer is simple: find a good lawyer. Costa Rica is awash with all kinds of lawyers so finding one isn’t difficult. Finding the one that can meet your specific needs may be a little trickier. As with every stage of the buying process, Remax Nosara is here to point you in the right direction. If you choose to find a lawyer independently look for the following:

Notary: Although a lawyer (particularly a property lawyer) may also be a qualified notary this is not always the case so it is important to check beforehand. A notary is required to register the property with the Costa Rican National Registry.

Bilingual:  All contracts will be in Spanish and unless you speak the language perfectly you will need a bilingual lawyer capable of word perfect contract translations.

References:  Speak to people whom you trust who have previously bought property in Costa Rica. If they point you towards someone they can vouch for, ask that lawyer to produce recommendations received from previous clients.

Forming a corporation

When purchasing property in Costa Rica, Remax Nosara advises that it is done in a corporations’s name. Not only does it simplify the entire process, it can lower capital gains tax and allows for increased flexibility in future transactions and other matters. If you do not own a corporation then rest assured it is much easier than it may sound. Remax Nosara will be happy to help guide you through this process. The basics to setting up a corporation are:

  • Choose an original name
  • Appoint a board of directors consisting of a president, secretary and treasurer (Initial incorporators may occupy these positions).

  • Decide on the capital profits of the corporation and how that income will be divided among the incorporators.

The following contains the practical steps prior to signing. If you have by this time hired a reputable lawyer then you can feel confident that the following aspects of the buying process will be handled efficiently by them.

  • Title search: Each property carries with it something called a ‘folio real’ number. This number is specific to one property and is an essential requirement when researching whether the property is free of debt or liens and is not subject to dispute.
  • Compare the plano (land survey document) with the information turned up by the title search to make sure the details are verifiable.

  • The building of a structure on your land requires a ‘use of land’ (suelo) letter from the local municipality indicating this is legally possible.

  • Check whether the land or property comes with basic utilities such as electricity, telephone and running water.

  • Submit an offer taking into account the items present on your last visit to the property. This will ensure that any verbal agreements concerning exactly what is included are adhered to. Often an offer may be written up with a minimal ‘good faith’ deposit that may be be raised to 10% within a month.

  • The offer must be submitted on a genuine Costa Rican legal document.

  • Make sure the legal purchase details includes the following:

  1. Full names of buyer and seller.
  2. A detailed schedule of all closing costs
  3. Terms and conditions of sale
  4. A due diligence schedule including provisions regarding what happens if the property fails the due diligence. Lay out clearly the due diligence period and provisions if it fails to pass.
  5. Full payment schedule including amounts to be credited and withdrawn from from the escrow accounts on the agreed dates
  6. Legal description of the property

Before closing:

The seller is obliged to show receipt of payment of any fees attached to the property including:

  • Any applicable fees such as condominium or HOA.

  • Receipts showing that utilities have been paid.

  • Receipts showing that utilities have been paid.

During closing:

  • The signing of the legally drafted Transfer Deed takes place.

  • Buyer makes payment as per the agreement of purchase .

  • In order to update the property tax record, the buyer’s attorney must advise the Municipal Government of the transfer.

After closing:

  • Buyer’s attorney records the Transfer Deed in the public registry.

  • When registered, official ownership documents are delivered to the buyer.

  • Buyer informs the municipal government of the property transfer so that they may update the municipal property tax record.

So why Re/Max?

In a market where the number of self proclaimed real estate ‘professionals’ is increasing at an alarming rate it is crucial that you choose one who truly has your best interests at heart. Remax Nosara understands that the purchase of a new property represents one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. We stand by our commitment to help you find your perfect property within a timeline and a price that exceeds your expectations. We look forward to assisting you with each and every step of the way. If you’re ready to make the move on the home you always dreamed of contact us now and find out just how good we are at making dreams come true.

The must-read guide to selling property in Nosara

So you’ve decided to sell your property in Costa Rica – what next?


How will you trust a real estate agency to sell your Nosara property? In whom do you put your faith to provide you with the right care and to secure the highest possible sales price? Remax Nosara’s commitment to fully meeting these needs reflects why its reputation with both buyers and sellers is unparalleled. We are here to handle the stress so you don’t have to. However, even with the support of the best in the business, sellers often overlook a plain fact: whether it be land, a house, condo or commercial space, unless your property is the bargain of the century, selling it can be an involved process. This requires first rate management from experienced professionals with excellent communication skills.

Despite the Costa Rican property market exhibiting encouraging signs that the effects of the 2008 financial crisis are now in the rear view mirror, memory persists. Buyers still remain selective about where they choose to invest their life savings. Additionally, at Remax we often find that sellers have the same questions and concerns, and frequently make identical mistakes during the selling process. In order to address this we have put together the following simple guide for those about to place their property on the market. While reading this, also know that the Remax staff is always on hand to assist you directly at any point during the period in which your property is listed with us.

So you’ve decided to sell your Costa Rican property. What next?

Let’s kickoff by highlighting some of the mistakes that we see recurring most frequently, and more importantly, how to avoid them. Some may seem obvious but we feel their inclusion is beneficial to all, particularly first time sellers.

Over-pricing the property:

house-and-cash-on-scaleGranted, it may seem silly to mention, but the fact is too many properties simply aren’t priced correctly these days. Contrary to popular belief, any realtor worth his/her salt knows that their job is not to “sell” a property, and often won’t waste everyone’s time showing it if they consider it overpriced. Another myth is clients with the necessary disposable income to be able to buy a second property are inherently savvy. Often even these people are nervous about buying a home in a foreign country. A great realtor knows that their primary role is to win the respect and trust of clients and allow them to make informed decisions with confidence. Your property needs to sell itself. The first and most important step towards this is ensuring that it comes with the appropriate number attached. Methods of valuation include the following:

  1. Owner’s Value:  What the owner thinks it’s worth.
  2. Investment / Income Value: This is determined by the current value of future income from the property and incorporates it into the price an investor would be willing to pay.
  3. Comparative / Market Value: Numbers stemming from data collected on recently sold properties with similar characteristics.
  4. Actual Value: The old adage “It’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it” applies here. The price reflects the dollar number that a willing seller receives from a willing buyer. In simple terms the price for which the property is sold.
  5. Replacement / Cost Value:  This is determined by analyzing the site as a whole. How much is the land worth and what would it cost to build a similar structure (minus depreciation).

If you want to sell your property (as opposed to merely having the property for sale) then pricing it appropriately cannot be overemphasized. Rest assured that Remax Nosara is here not only to help you with a realistic valuation but also to show you how to effectively maximize that value.


Ensure the paperwork is in order


Selling a property requires a number of correct documents. If any of these documents contain errors or ambiguities then administrative problems will occur. When a prospective seller approaches Remax to list with us, we request the following:

  • The plano
  • The title deed to ensure the property is free and clear and is not subject to legal dispute.
  • The original building plans or permits (particularly for new or recent builds).
  • Municipality declarations. These must be updated every 5 years.
  • Receipts proving that land taxes have been paid.
  • Receipts proving that corporation taxes have been paid if the property is held by a corporation.

Unmarked boundaries

neighbourWhile the problem of a property without clearly marked boundaries is a relatively minor one, it is significant enough to deserve a mention here. When viewing a potential property, buyers like to see exactly what it is they may be purchasing. Costa Rican law states that a property must be marked with a fence yet this is often overlooked. As part of the due diligence process, Remax Nosara uses experienced surveyors to mark property boundaries according to GPS data. In a number of cases the GPS data highlights a discrepancy between what the owner thinks the borders are and what the law states they are. Correct title deeds and documented proof of exact border dimensions save time and money.

Basic maintenance


Paramount in the sale of any property is the buyers’ first impression of the place. The frequency with which we receive properties that are a total mess still surprises us. Inexpensive things like paint, varnish and even cleaning are all too often overlooked. The priority for most of our clients is good value, however the way a property makes them feel is also of great importance. In today’s market only a small portion of potential buyers can look past their emotions far enough to envision the future potential of a property. Instead of worrying about how long it will take to paint or wondering why the yard is still filled with junk from previously messy renters, the buyer needs to be admiring the view and picturing themselves enjoying their new life in a fresh, clean environment. The visual appeal of a well-maintained property infinitely outweighs that of one in need of repair. While we receive some properties that require extensive improvements, often we receive many that are are simply in need of some basic, inexpensive TLC. Fixing up a property before listing it is truly one of the best investments you can make and pays real dividends when it comes to selling.


realtor-commission-tshirtWhile this may seem self-serving to include here, the fact is a number of smart sellers have begun to offer slightly higher realtor commissions than the standard 6%. At Remax Nosara we treat every client with the same high levels of care and attention. However if the possibility exists whereby we may make a little more money from a higher commission on a sale then it follows that those properties will be pushed and promoted that much harder. If your property has been on the market longer than you would like, then a wise alternative to lowering the price may be offering the realtors a higher commission. Showing us that you appreciate our time and efforts is surefire way to guarantee that we will put in the extra effort for you.

So why Remax?

The alarming number of self proclaimed “professionals” emerging to add to the already overabundant supply of Nosara realtors can be overwhelming. Never before has your choice regarding who oversees the sale of your property been more crucial. Remax Nosara understands that the sale of your land or investment property is one of the most vitally important decisions you may ever make. We pride ourselves on ensuring that the selling experience is a positive one for all. We work tirelessly to provide our clients with the necessary edge by offering a level of service that far exceeds our competitors. We consider a relationship built on trust essential to ensuring the satisfaction of all with whom we deal. We take these relationships very seriously and promise you the following:

  • To follow the instructions you have given us based on the best available information we have given you.
  • To convey any and all offers made on your property.
  • To provide honest market appraisals.
  • To keep you informed at all times.
  • To maintain full confidentiality.
  • To always act in your best interests.