You will keep driving straight
until shortly after you notice highway signs for Puntarenas,
then you need to keep a look out for the signs pointing to
the Puente de Amistad (the new bridge over the Tempisque River).
This will be a left turn, but the signs are on the right side
out on the main Interamerican Highway.
After you cross the new bridge at the river Tempisque, you
will be on the Nicoya Peninsula. Keep following the paved
highway to the City of Nicoya (large town). When you are almost
to Nicoya, you will come to an intersection with a 4-way red
flashing light - there will be signs there that indicate a
left turn into the town of Nicoya.
Drive straight through the town of Nicoya on the "main
road", no turns. Drive slowly, as there are a lot of
pedestrians in this bustling town. You will eventually be
out of town on the other side. You will continue southward
on pavement approximately 30km, some twists and turns, but
just stay on the obviously main paved highway.
Eventually you will see a large Gas Station on your left.
There is also a hardware store and little "soda"
cafe for snacks and drinks. Stop here and get gas - last chance
on the way to Nosara.
Right after you leave the gas station, the concrete highway
makes a sharp curve to the left. At the apex of that curve,
you will notice a small dirt road turning off to the right,
downhill. That is the road to Nosara.
This dirt road is about 25KM, but over 1 1/2 hours driving.
There are, once again, some turns and twists, but stay on
the "main" road. There are also occasional signs
that tell you how many kilometers you still have to go....
You will pass through many small towns and villages. There
is a T-intersection at a small village called Barco Quebrada,
turn right (there should be signs there, and the main road
should be obvious).
The people along the way are very friendly, so if you aren't
positive that you are still on the main road, just stop and
ask someone "Donde es Nosara". Most people will
at least be able to point in the right direction. When you
get to the beach area of Nosara, it will be very obvious that
you have found it. Signs, surf shops, restaurants, hotels...
Continue on through some twists and turns, about another
5 km, and you wil come to Nosara Centro, the business district,
where you will find grocery stores, medical care, city services
Allow AT LEAST 6 hours for your drive from Juan Santamaria
airport in San Jose to Nosara, Costa Rica.
Getting to Nosara By Shuttle
Fantasy Bus have shuttles going to Nosara almost
every day from most main tourism towns in Costa Rica, rates
varies according to distance (between $30 - $40 per person).
You can click on the following link to view rates, schedule
and make a reservation for a shuttle bus to Nosara.
Getting to Nosara by Air
Both Nature Air and Sansa service the small air strip by
Nosara. Flights are scheduled daily and by clicking on the
following link you can review the schedule and rates for this
Getting to Nosara By Public Bus
If you are coming to San Jose take the early morning bus
to Nicoya, it is recommended to get to Nicoya before 3:00Pm
as this is the time that the last bus leaves Nicoya to Nosara,
otherwise you will have to stay the night in Nicoya or take
a taxi to Nosara. Usually buses leave Nicoya to Nosara every
Money Issues in Nosara:
Many businesses still do not accept credit cards in Nosara
therefore it is highly recommended to bring enough cash for
the duration of your stay in Nosara, the last place you will
be able to get cash is Nicoya (1 hour and a half drive from
Nosara). So make sure you have enough cash…
We hope you will have great times in Nosara, and that you
will enjoy it just as we did. Have fun on the beach, smile
to the locals and they will smile back. Keep nature untouched
and take back home beautiful photos and memories.