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Buena Vista Villas
Beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica
Buena Vista offers quality accommodations, surfing lessons, surfboard rentals and storage, bike rentals, and can arrange all your transportation, tour and travel needs.

Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosara still retains an incredible, low-key ambiance. The mountains drop down to the Pacific Ocean, and the jungles nearly conceal our little micro community. For surfers Playa Guiones has one of the most consistent surf breaks in all of Costa Rica. Very lush in the summertime, with alot of monkeys, iguanas and parrots.

Buena Vista Villas

Buena Vista Villas are located at the beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica on a secluded ridge overlooking Playas Guiones, Pelada and Ostional. Check out amazing views of the surf from the 360-degree observation deck. Surrounded by pristine parkland, the serenity and beauty of this mountaintop retreat is inspirational.

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Guest Reviews

Stayed here a few weeks ago and it was awesome. Jay and Paul are great hosts and Jay told us all about the local breaks. The place is on top of a mountain that is just far enough away from “town” to be quiet and nice but not too far. We even saw monkeys up by our room one day and enjoyed walking the trails below the villas. Rooms were nice and big with a full kitchen and very clean. I can’t say enough good things about this place and I recommend it 100%.

—Newton family

This is one of my favorite places in the world, I have surfed and visited many countries but no one treats you any better than Sandy-Jay at Buena Vista. He has a heart of gold, and treats you like a king. You gotta try this place, you won’t be sorry.

—Wallace family

Buenisimo, excelente lugar para un buen descanso
y vacaciones.

—Angie Mejias

About Nosara
Nosara offers many activities… world class surfing and fishing, shelling, quad rentals, mountain biking, surf camps and lessons, world’s longest canopy tour/zipline, kayak and boat tours of the rivers, horseback riding on the beaches, organized family and group adventure travel and missions, yoga, rest, and last but not least… relaxation!

Our broad, white sand beaches offer great surf. Waves can be overhead on the outside break, yet still have perfect beginner’s surf as it reforms near the beach, and inshore is usually calm enough for a nice swim.

Playa Guiones and neighboring Playa Pelada received the Blue Flag award, for the continued effort of the community to maintain an ecologically friendly beach area.

Monkeys, parrots and other wildlife flourish! The sky is constantly changing as the the clouds drift through the mountains and across the Pacific. Sunrises and sunsets are amazing, and night takes on a whole new perspective, with the countless stars of the Milky Way overhead as thousands of big fireflies twinkle all around!

• To enhance your experience of Nosara, Buena Vista Villas offers quality rental surfboards, surfing lessons, bike rentals, surfboard storage and can arrange all your rental car, tour and travel needs.

• We can also provide area transportation, tours and surf trips with our 12 passenger, air-conditioned turbo diesel microbus.

• Discounts, seasonal specials and group packages are available… just ask!

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Buena Vista Villas
Each of Buena Vista’s six villas offer WiFi, private bathrooms, mini kitchens and breakfast bars with views of the mountains, jungles and beaches. Villas can sleep from 4 to 6 guests. Privacy doors connect to adjoining villas so friends and families can stay together yet still have privacy.

The Villas are located on the first floor, and the Casa is on the second level. A third level observation deck offers spectacular 360-degree views! To the west the jungle valley descends down to the surfing beaches of Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, and the vast Pacific Ocean. To the northwest the sea misted turtle beaches of Ostional are clearly visible. To the north is the beautiful Nosara Valley, and to the east lies an endless horizon of distant mountain ranges.

Villa 1

Villa 1

Villa Pacifica is a spacious, breezy and fully equipped Villa with views of the Pacific Ocean and tropical gardens! It’s our best unit for groups or families as it can sleep up to 6. The Villa offers a big kitchen complete with breakfast bar, stove with oven, full sized refrigerator/freezer, and secure pantry/vault with locking steel door. This Villa has beautifully varnished teak ceilings with paddle fan, a cedar closet, tile floors, and a big bathroom. A private lanai deck with hammocks, a large table with chairs, and space for surfboards completes this Villa. Villa Pacifica can connect to Villa 2 to make a larger unit that can accommodate families and friends.

This Villa features the following amenities:

• Wireless Internet
• Full Kitchen
• Large Cedar Closet
• Secure Storage Space
• Teak Ceilings with Paddle Fan
• Large Private Deck with Hammocks
• Large Private Bathroom
• Hot Water on Demand
• Sleeps up to 6 People

Villa 2

Villa 2

Villa Sunset (the spanish word for sunset is “atardecer”), looks out upon the northwest mountains and skies, which at sunset become an amazing kaleidoscope of colors! Villa Sunset also offers a mini kitchen, varnished teak ceilings with paddle fan, cedar closet and a lanai deck with chairs and hammocks. This Villa can connect to Villa 1, and accommodates up to 4 guests.

This Villa features the following amenities:

• Wireless Internet
• Mini Kitchen
• Cedar Closet
• Mountain Views
• Teak Ceilings with Paddle Fan
• Spacious Deck with Hammocks
• Large Private Bathroom
• Hot Water on Demand
• Sleeps up to 4 People

Villa 3

Villa 3

Villa Polaris is named after the North Star which rises just outside every crystal clear evening. This spacious Villa has beautiful mountain views, a lanai deck with seats and hammocks, large windows, varnished teak ceilings with paddle fan, tile floors, a mini kitchen, a cedar closet and a big bathroom. Villa Polaris is also handicap accessible!

This Villa features the following amenities:

• Wireless Internet
• Mini Kitchen
• Mountain Views
• Handicap Accessible
• Teak Ceilings with Paddle Fan
• Spacious Deck with Hammocks
• Large Private Bathroom
• Hot Water on Demand
• Sleeps up to 4 People

Villa 4

Villa 4

Villa Sunrise has views to the North and East, where the sun and stars first rise above the mountains. This Villa has a lanai deck with hammock and offers a mini kitchen, varnished teak ceilings with paddle fan, a cedar closet and tile floors. Villa Sunrise can connect to Villa 5.

This Villa features the following amenities:

• Wireless Internet
• Mini Kitchen
• Mountain Views
• Teak Ceilings with Paddle Fan
• Spacious Deck with Hammock
• Large Private Bathroom
• Hot Water on Demand
• Sleeps up to 4 People

Villa 5

Villa 5

Villa Tropicale is a very comfortable Villa with 2 queen beds, varnished teak ceilings with paddle fan, mini kitchen, big bathroom, and a spacious lanai deck with table and chairs overlooking the tropical gardens. Villa Tropicale can connect to Villa 4 and is adjacent to Villa 6.

This Villa features the following amenities:

• Wireless Internet
• Mini Kitchen
• Tropical Garden Views
• Teak Ceilings with Paddle Fan
• Large Private Bathroom
• Hot Water on Demand
• Sleeps up to 4 People

Villa 6

Villa 6

Villa Luna Miel means “honeymoon” in Spanish! Our most popular and cozy Villa, Luna Miel is secluded behind Buena Vista and surrounded by the tropical gardens. Colorful birds, monkeys and a host of other tropical wildlife surround you and are visible from the 2nd story private lanai deck. Villa Luna Miel is immersed in nature, bright, airy and very private with amazing views on 3 sides. Other features include wireless Internet, lofted teak ceilings with paddle fan, mini kitchen, custom bathroom. It is a great “honeymoon suite!”

This Villa features the following amenities:

• Wireless Internet
• Mini Kitchen
• Tropical Garden Views
• Vaulted Teak Ceilings with Paddle Fan
• Large Private Bathroom
• Hot Water on Demand
• Private Jungle Balcony
• Can Sleep up 4 People

Villa Rates:

Villa Rates

Prices are double occupancy.

* Low season “September—October”
Villa 1: $59/day, $229/week, $699/month
Villas 2, 3 and 4: $39/day, $199/week, $499/month
Villas 5 and 6: $49/day, $249/week, $599/month

* Green season “May—August”
Villa 1: $69/day, $419/week, $799/month
Villas 2, 3 and 4: $49/day, $299/week, $599/month
Villas 5 and 6: $59/day, $349/week, $699/month

* High season “November—April”
Villa 1: $79/day, $479/week, $899/month
Villas 2, 3 and 4: $59/day, $349/week, $699/month
Villas 5 and 6: $69/day, $419/week, $799/month

* Holidays “Christmas & Easter”
Villa 1: $89/day, $529/week
Villas 2, 3 and 4: $69/day, $419/week
Villas 5 and 6: $79/day, $479/week

* Long term lease (Minimum 6 months)
Villa 1: $799/month
Villas 2, 3 and 4: $599/month
Villas 5 and 6: $699/month

*Rates do not include 13% government tax.

Casa Buena Vista
Casa Buena Vista offers WiFi, 2 large bedrooms with 2 private baths, a big kitchen and living area separating the bedrooms, and a full length patio/deck area with a splash pool. Air conditioning is also available, even though you really don’t need it here on the mountaintop!

There are 2 queen beds, 2 queen futons which can sleep up to 8 comfortably, and Casa Buena Vista can accommodate more with optional portable beds. A full length lanai deck and pool on the west side provides an open and breezy place for relaxing in hammocks, swimming and fun. Panoramic views of the beaches, mountains or jungles can be had from all areas of the house… just sit up in bed to check the surf! It’s fully equipped with everything you’ll need… DVD/TV, stereo, large side by side fridge with icemaker and filtered water, microwave, blender, toaster, security system, wireless internet, and more. All linens, towels and accessories are included. Laundry, maid service and beach rentals, including surfboards, bikes, etc., are available.

Casa Rates:

Casa Rates

* Low season “September—October”
$149/day, $899/week, $1799/month

* Green season “May—August”
$199/day, $1199/week, $2399/month

* High season “November—April”
$209/day, $1299/week, $2599/month

* Holidays “Christmas & Easter”
$229/day, $1399/week, $2799/month

*The CASA rates are for up to 8 guests. Additional guests are $10 pp/day. A refundable $500 security deposit is required. Rental minimum of 1 week. Rates do not include 13% government tax.

Contact Us!
Contact Jay:
jay@buenavistasurf.com
011-506-2682-1115

If you’d like to find out more about Buena Vista Villas and our availability, we’re always happy to help in any way we can. Send us a message or give us a ring. We’re looking forward to hearing from you… :)

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Travel Information &
Driving Directions
We will gladly arrange all of your travel needs including car and quad rentals. Fishing, diving and sightseeing charters are available. We can also provide transportation to local beaches, shopping and Nosara Airport in our 12 passenger air conditioned microbus. Buena Vista Villas will accommodate mission teams, wedding parties, massage, yoga and other health retreats.

Costa Rica Travel

Costa Rica Travel Tips

Costa Rica Travel Tips

Bring medications, a copy of your passport (keep your original in a safe place), and your essential items. Quality surfboards are available for rent at Buena Vista Villas if you wish to avoid the expense and hassles of bringing your own. Many basic items are available here, but the cost more than in the USA.

Upon arrival exchange some dollars into colones, Costa Rica’s currency. US dollars are often accepted, but it’s better to use colones as small businesses and vendors may not accept dollars, and you never know what exchange rate you’re going to receive. Costa Rican banks offer the best exchange rate. Traveler’s checks and ATM’s are another option.Travelers checks are accepted at many super markets, pharmacies (farmacias) and can be cashed at local banks. The fee is usually very reasonable for cashing travelers checks but can vary depending on where you cash them. You’ll usually do better to cash a lump sum every few days at a bank. Bank costs for exchanging travelers checks are around 1%, sometimes with an additional flat fee of $US 1 to 5 per transaction. Banks are typically open from 9:00am until 4:00pm but try to visit in late morning to avoid before and after work and lunchtime rushes that can cause long lines. Your passport is required. Sometimes copies are accepted. You’ll get the best rates by withdrawing cash in colones with your ATM card. Most towns have ATMs. Credit cards are also accepted at many hotels and stores, but you will get the best prices if you pay cash.

Remember… NEVER leave anything of value in your car or unattended on the beach. Rental cars are easy targets. Check into your hotel or vacation rental and unload your things before heading to the beach. Keep a copy of your passport with you, but leave the original in a secure location. If you bring anything to the beach, don’t leave it unattended.

When leaving Costa Rica there is a $28 departure tax at the airport (cash or credit). Pay for this BEFORE you get in line to check into your flight, as proof will be required by the airline at check in. It is also a good idea to verify the cost of a taxi ride with your driver before leaving. You do not need to tip taxi drivers in Costa Rica.

Air Travel

Air Travel

Air Travel

Fly internationally to either San Jose (SJO) or Liberia (LIR) airports.

Both Sansa and Nature Air fly directly from San Jose to Nosara (NOB). This is the easiest way to get to Nosara, if you can time a connecting flight in San Jose and travel light. There is a 30 lb bag limit and surfboards must be less than 7’. Sansa flies from San Jose International Airport (SJO). Try to give yourself at least an hour between connections on the way to Nosara, and two hours on the way home. Nature Air flies out of the Pavas Airport, which is a 1/2 hour, $15 cab ride from San Jose International. To be safe, you’ll want two hours connection time to get here with Nature Air, and three to get home. Nature Air now offers flights to and from Liberia International Airport (LIR). This is a short flight, and may be a cheaper option than a rental car or shuttle van. Liberia Airport is smaller than San Jose Airport, and easier to get in and out of. There is currently only one flight a day to Nosara from Liberia, but this is a great option if you can make the times work with your international flight schedule. Schedules change often, so check their websites for the most current schedules and prices at Sansa Regional / (506)2-257-9414 or Nature Air / (506)2-220-3054.

Flying in to Nosara Airport
There are several regularly scheduled, daily flights into Nosara from San Jose. The flight takes about a half hour. Check with both Sansa Airlines and Nature Air for up to date schedules and fares. We can arrange a rental car to meet you at the airport, or a shuttle to deliver you to the hotel after you arrive.

Ground Transportation

Ground Transportation

Ground Transportation

Shuttles
Shuttles can be arranged to deliver you to Nosara from the Liberia airport, the San Jose Airport, your Costa Rican hotel or neighboring beaches. Shuttle prices are generally for an entire van, no matter the number of passengers. Vans usually seat at least 6 to 8 passengers, so if you’ve got a larger group it can be a very affordable option. Ask us for pricing, availability and we’ will make your reservations. Rates can fluctuate due to season, fuel prices and demand.

You can get just about anywhere in Costa Rica by bus. Be aware that prices may be cheap, but bus travel can be long and uncomfortable. Sometimes all seats are taken, and one must stand up for the duration of the trip! If you check luggage, be sure to watch carefully that it does not leave the bus with someone else.

The express bus from the San Jose, Alfaro “Coca Cola,” terminal to Nosara leaves daily at 6am. Travel time is about 6 hours. The cost is $9. Tel. 2222-2666. The express bus from Nosara to San Jose leaves at 12:30pm. Daily busses from Nicoya to Nosara run at 5:00am, 10:00am and 2:00pm. Travel time is about 2.5 hours. Daily buses from Nosara to Nicoya run at 6:00am, 12:15pm and 3:00pm.

Rental Cars
Buena Vista Villas will be happy to arrange your rental car, tours and any other needs. Rental cars are available at the San Jose and Liberia airports, as well as here in Nosara. It’s best to rent from a company with an office in Nosara, in case you have any problems. The rates are higher than in the USA due to import fees and vehicle deterioration due to poor road conditions. If you plan to do much exploring outside of Guiones or Pelada, a rental car is recommended. During rainy season you might want four wheel drive.

Driving Directions

Always wear your seat belt, don’t speed, and drive carefully. Traffic fines can be excessive.

Roads in Costa Rica can be poorly marked and maintained. Drivers can sometimes be aggressive and careless, often passing at blind curves and intersections. Driving at night is strongly discouraged.

In the summer months, it often rains in the afternoons and early evenings, so it’s best to travel in the early mornings.

The trip into Nosara, Costa Rica can be quite beautiful, but anticipate the possibility of difficult driving conditions and rough roads.

The town of Nosara, Costa Rica, is a few more kilometers further inland from the Beaches of Nosara. If you continue on through some twists and turns, about another 5 km, you will come to Nosara Centro, the business district, where you will find grocery stores, medical care, city services and shopping.

The Original Driving Route from San Jose to Nosara (about 5 to 6 hours)

Puente de Amistad

Puente de Amistad

  1. Driving from San Jose to Nosara, you will take the main Interamerican Highway (Carretera Interamericana) north out of San Jose past the large international Juan Santamaria airport. This highway travels north and west toward Punterenas and the Guanacaste Province.
  2. Continue past the exit for Punteranas, north towards Liberia.
  3. In about an hour you will reach an intersection which will intersect the road which leads to the “Puenta de Armistad” bridge which crosses the Tempisque River. There will be signs for Nosara and Liberia, a gas station and restaurant. Turn left.
  4. Follow this road for about an hour, across the bridge to the intersection for Nicoya/Liberia. Turn right, and continue north to Nicoya. Note: Just past the left turn to Nicoya there’s a “Maxi Bodega”, similar to a Walmart, which is a good place to stock up on food and supplies.
  5. Drive straight through Nicoya and follow the signs for Nosara/Garza/Samara. After about 20 minutes you will reach “Caimital” where there’s a “T” in the road with a stop sign. Turn right.
  6. In about 30 minutes, there will be a Samara gas station on your left. Gas up if you need to, otherwise we have a full service station in Nosara, about 45 minutes away. Just past the gas station, across from the “ferreteria” (hardware store), the road continues left to Samara with a gravel road forking off to the right and signs for Nosara. Turn right on this unpaved road.
  7. Go slow, as this rough road winds through the countryside, passing through many small villages where there are a lot of people and animals. Go slow and enjoy the scenery! The people along the way are very friendly, so if you aren’t positive that you are still on the main road, you can stop and ask a local where Nosara is in Spanish: “¿Dondé es Nosara?”. Most people will at least be able to point in the right direction.
  8. In about 30 minutes, you’ll arrive at another “T” in Barco Quebrada. There will be a lot of signs and billboards for Nosara in front of you here. Turn right.
  9. In about 20 minutes you’ll pass the the beautiful bay and fishing village of Garza. Most sport fishing boats are based here. Afterward, you’ll soon pass “Dos Lorenas” supermarket. There’s a school (please go slow).
  10. Continue a couple minutes more and you pass through Playa Guiones, with “Café de Paris” on the left and “Coconut Harry’s Surf Shop” on the right.
  11. Keep driving past Guiones area for about 5 minutes. You will pass “Hotel L’AquaViva” on the left. Continue through this “S” curve. On the right side, just before a steep hill, you will see a small road and sign for “Buena Vista Villas”. Turn right and follow this beautiful jungle road uphill for about 3 to 4 minutes and you will see a sign on the right for Buena Vista’s parking lot. Park the car, kick off your shoes, enjoy the awesome breezes and views, because you’re here!

The New Driving Route from San Jose to Nosara (about 4 hours)

Google Map: San Jose to Nosara

Google Map: San Jose to Nosara

There is a new superhighway toll road in Costa Rica, called “Autopistos del Sol”, which can save about an hour of drive time and the aggravation of slow moving vehicles in the mountain passes on the the original highway. The only downside, depending on your arrival time into the airport, can be encountering rush hour San Jose, which could make this route’s value debatable.

  1. Depart the San Jose airport towards San Jose, headed for “Escazu”. You will pass through the center of San Jose, and make a right at the corner of “Sabana Park”.
  2. Continue to follow the signs for Escazu, and take the 2nd Escazu exit, which enters the Autopista del Sol, bound for Puntarenas. There will be several tolls, and in about an hour you’ll be in Puntarenas.
  3. From there, head towards Liberia / Nicoya, and turn at the intersection for Puenta de Amistad bridge which crosses the Tempisque River. There will be signs for Nosara and Liberia, a gas station and restaurant. Turn left.
  4. Follow this road for about an hour, across the bridge to the intersection for Nicoya/Liberia. Turn right, and continue north to Nicoya. Note: Just past the left turn to Nicoya there’s a “Maxi Bodega”, similar to a Walmart, which is a good place to stock up on food and supplies.
  5. Drive straight through Nicoya and follow the signs for Nosara/Garza/Samara. After about 20 minutes you will reach “Caimital” where there’s a “T” in the road with a stop sign. Turn right.
  6. In about 30 minutes, there will be a Samara gas station on your left. Gas up if you need to, otherwise we have a full service station in Nosara, about 45 minutes away. Just past the gas station, across from the “ferreteria” (hardware store), the road continues left to Samara with a gravel road forking off to the right and signs for Nosara. Turn right on this unpaved road.
  7. Go slow, as this rough road winds through the countryside, passing through many small villages where there are a lot of people and animals. Go slow and enjoy the scenery! The people along the way are very friendly, so if you aren’t positive that you are still on the main road, you can stop and ask a local where Nosara is in Spanish: “¿Dondé es Nosara?”. Most people will at least be able to point in the right direction.
  8. In about 30 minutes, you’ll arrive at another “T” in Barco Quebrada. There will be a lot of signs and billboards for Nosara in front of you here. Turn right.
  9. In about 20 minutes you’ll pass the the beautiful bay and fishing village of Garza. Most sport fishing boats are based here. Afterward, you’ll soon pass “Dos Lorenas” supermarket. There’s a school (please go slow).
  10. Continue a couple minutes more and you pass through Playa Guiones, with “Café de Paris” on the left and “Coconut Harry’s Surf Shop” on the right.
  11. Keep driving past Guiones area for about 5 minutes. You will pass “Hotel L’AquaViva” on the left. Continue through this “S” curve. On the right side, just before a steep hill, you will see a small road and sign for “Buena Vista Villas”. Turn right and follow this beautiful jungle road uphill for about 3 to 4 minutes and you will see a sign on the right for Buena Vista’s parking lot. Park the car, kick off your shoes, enjoy the awesome breezes and views, because you’re here!

Directions from Liberia’s Airport (Daniel Oduber) to Nosara (about 3 Hours)

Google Map: Liberia to Nosara

Google Map: Liberia to Nosara

  1. Depart Liberia Airport and turn right. Follow this road south for about 1 1/2 hours (50 km) to the Nicoya exit, on the right. Note: Just past the left turn to Nicoya there’s a “Maxi Bodega”, similar to a Walmart, which is a good place to stock up on food and supplies.
  2. Drive straight through Nicoya and follow the signs for Nosara/Garza/Samara. After about 20 minutes you will reach “Caimital” where there’s a “T” in the road with a stop sign. Turn right.
  3. In about 30 minutes, there will be a Samara gas station on your left. Gas up if you need to, otherwise we have a full service station in Nosara, about 45 minutes away. Just past the gas station, across from the “ferreteria” (hardware store), the road continues left to Samara with a gravel road forking off to the right and signs for Nosara. Turn right on this unpaved road.
  4. Go slow, as this rough road winds through the countryside, passing through many small villages where there are a lot of people and animals. Go slow and enjoy the scenery! The people along the way are very friendly, so if you aren’t positive that you are still on the main road, you can stop and ask a local where Nosara is in Spanish: “¿Dondé es Nosara?”. Most people will at least be able to point in the right direction.
  5. In about 30 minutes, you’ll arrive at another “T” in Barco Quebrada. There will be a lot of signs and billboards for Nosara in front of you here. Turn right.
  6. In about 20 minutes you’ll pass the the beautiful bay and fishing village of Garza. Most sport fishing boats are based here. Afterward, you’ll soon pass “Dos Lorenas” supermarket. There’s a school (please go slow).
  7. Continue a couple minutes more and you pass through Playa Guiones, with “Café de Paris” on the left and “Coconut Harry’s Surf Shop” on the right.
  8. Keep driving past Guiones area for about 5 minutes. You will pass “Hotel L’AquaViva” on the left. Continue through this “S” curve. On the right side, just before a steep hill, you will see a small road and sign for “Buena Vista Villas”. Turn right and follow this beautiful jungle road uphill for about 3 to 4 minutes and you will see a sign on the right for Buena Vista’s parking lot. Park the car, kick off your shoes, enjoy the awesome breezes and views, because you’re here!

Google Map

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Buena Vista Villas on Google Maps

Buena Vista Villas on Google Maps