Take me to... Nosara, Costa Rica
Pura Vida translated means the "Pure Life" and when visiting Nosara, Costa Rica you immediately take in why it's their motto. Located on the Pacific side of the Nicoya peninsula, this surfers paradise offers not only a luxe jungle backdrop where exotic birds and monkeys hover in trees above as a range of juicy waves break attracting novices to seasoned surfers alike. Nosara’s miles of unspoiled coastline is their main draw and Playa Guiones is the areas most popular beach with one of the most consistent breaks on the planet. So consistent, you can surf here almost every day of the year.
The sunsets are epic too! In addition to surfing, Nosara offers a thriving wellness retreat scene with yoga centers, healthy restaurants and juice bars in an eco-conscious environment. It's a bohemian, carefree town where an au-natural mindset agrees with the adage: no shirt, no shoes, no problem.
What To Pack:
Its hot in CR so you def want natural, lightweight fibers and of course your favorite bikinis. Cotton T's, jean shorts, a few sundresses and flip flops are all you need along with a good sunscreen like Elta (https://eltamd.com) or Coola's natural, reef safe SPF's (https://coola.com/).
Where To Stay:
If you are looking for a zen-like-surfer-vibe then The Harmony Hotel (https://harmonynosara.com/) or the Guilded Iguana (https://www.thegildediguana.com/) are two great spots.
For the traditional surfer vibe check out The Frog Pad (http://villatortuganosara.com/services/the-frog-pad/) which has apartments with full kitchen and living rooms located close the beach so you can grab your board and hit the waves pronto!
Where To Eat:
For traditional CR fare check out Rosies Soda Tica. Menu bests: homemade Banana Pancakes and their Casados and Gallo Pinto with a little hot sauce! Wash it down with a fresh watermelon or passion fruit juice...muy delicioso!
Cool off and refresh with a juice at Nosara juice bar (https://www.instagram.com/gojuicenosara/?hl=en)
Grab a warm homemade croissant at Cafe De Paris. The best after a morning sesh.
Watch the sunset and dine on an amazing selection of seafood delights at La Luna restaurant https://www.gaiahr.com/dining/
Where To Shop:
Love Nosara - Handmade items from local artisans
Gonca Gul - Nosara's hidden bohemian boutique offers eco-friendly, sustainably chic lightweight wears and beautiful jewelry
The Frog Pad - a traditional surf shop that offers surf wear and board rentals.