Earlier this year, I took my husband on a surprise trip for his birthday to Costa Rica. I wanted to go somewhere warm and relaxing so we could disconnect from the world a little bit, but at the same time give him the adventure he loves! We had the best of both worlds in Nosara, Costa Rica and ventured off into the Arenal area before heading back home. Below are some of the places we were able to visit and immerse ourselves into the Pura Vida lifestyle.
Where To Stay
Our first few nights were at the Laguarta Lodge. It was a beautiful property on the water in the sleepy town of Nosara where we were really able to reconnect with nature. This boutique hotel is on the Nicoya peninsula and is beautifully situated on two rivers, expansive sandy beaches, and woods along the Pacific shores of Costa Rica. The eco-lodge maintains its own, private nature reserve with magnificent mangrove trees. We loved how sustainability and social responsibility are central to their concept, and of course the view of the breathtaking sunsets.
Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa
After our stay in Nosara, we headed off to Tabacon which is set on more than 900 acres of lush tropical reserve, home to Costa Rica’s largest network of naturally flowing hot springs. Tabacon offers 103 luxurious guest rooms and suites; two restaurants; four bars and a world-class spa.
What To Do
Love Nosara is a cute boutique shop just in the heart of Nosara. It is an expression of love for art, nature, construction, travel, creativity
Pick up some local groceries and goods at La Bodega Mercado in Nosara. It's a great place to find Costa Rica's local coffee beans!
Nosara Family Surf / Pointe Break Retreats
Have an appetite for something adventurous? Try surfing with Nosara Family Surf, a local surf school run by the amazing Natalie Sageloly. Originally from Canada, Natalie creates amazing experiences curated perfectly to each client’s needs and desires. Nosara Family Surf's mission is to treat and cherish your family as part of our own. It’s the personal touch and professionalism that we believe make the difference.
Where To Eat
Organico Deli Market, Playa Guiones, Nosara
Find local foods and even poke bowls inside Organico, a charming little market in the hear of Nosara. It was there that I completely fell in love with one of the best chocolate chip cookies ever - I went back almost every day for one!
You'll definitely want to visit La Luna, a finer dining experience within Nosara. This gem has the most delicious Mediterranean food, with beach seating on large lounge chairs and tables. They even have the cutest little boutique store with local jewelry and clothing.
Don't forget to try out the coffee before you leave! We stopped by Don Juan Coffee House for a break when we were driving around in the Arenal area and bought a few bags for ourselves (not to mention their chocolate covered coffee beans). It was a treat-yourself moment!
Let us know what you love about Costa Rica and some of your favourite places to visit!