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Nosara/Ostional, Guanacaste

Many aspects of Nosara are revealed in this great video!
Cross a river with your 4x4 to get to Nosara, what an adventure!
Witness the Sea Turtle "Arribada" first hand at Ostional!

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Nosara - Flying into the airport at Nosara brings you to a jungle town 5km from the beach that is definitely a special place. Slightly out of the way, Nosara has kept a natural charm which many beaches in the region have lost due to over development and logging.

Nosara neighbors the Ostional wildlife reserve where you can see species of turtle nesting in large numbers, this is reffered to as an "Arribada". This location is referred to as the most important nesting place in the world by many enviremental organizations.

Neighboring beaches Playa Pelada and Guiones have a bit more to offer a far as accomidations and ameneties close to the sea.

Fun facts: This area has many roads without signage so make sure to find a map or ask someone when traveling place to place.

Ostional is named after the "Ostion" which is similar to a scallop

The record Arribada was in November 1995 when over 500,000 female turtles came to Ostional to lay their eggs.

Getting there: From Liberia, Take Route 21 South then 150 west towards the coast. In Samara you will find Route 160. Take Route 160 North to Nosara. Distance: 125km, Time: 2.5 Hours

From San Jose, Take Pan-American Hwy 1 to Hwy 18 West. Head North on Hwy 21 when you encounter Route 150 head west toward the coast. In Samara you will find Route 160. Take this North to Nosara. Distance: 250km, Time: 5 Hours

Things to do Nosara / Ostional

Adventures - Tours in Nosara / Ostional
Boca Nosara Tours - Explore Costa Rica's Pacific Coast by ATV and Horseback!
Dining - Restaurants in Nosara / Ostional
Cafe de Paris - Vegitarian, French and Typical dishes. Bakery on premises.