Getting to Costa Rica:
There are plenty of flights daily from many different hubs in the US and Canada. Fly into Liberia for a shorter drive, or fly into San Jose if you can get a flight that coordinates with a Sansa or Nature Air flight.
Delta, Continental, American Airlines, US Airways, and Lacsa from the US or Canada (transfer in New York, Atlanta, Miami or Houston). Also from Canada, direct charter flights with SunWing, Thomas Cook, CanJet and Air Canada during high season, and Air Canada has regular scheduled flights into San Jose all year long. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Your passport must have at least six months left before expiry to enter the country. THEY WILL SEND YOU BACK if it’s expiry date is less than six months.
Getting to Nosara:
From San Jose Airport:
FLY with Sansa or Nature Air directly to Nosara, three times daily. Use our links and check their sites for flight schedules and prices to see if they correspond with your arrival times. From the Nosara airport, hop in a taxi waiting for every arrival and tell them the Gilded Iguana, everyone knows where we are at the beach. The taxi is about a 10 minute drive on a very bumpy road from the town of Nosara and will cost about $15.
RENT A CAR and drive yourself here, but keep in mind Costa Rica is not known for it’s great highways, so be careful as you go. See directions below on how to get here from the airport.
TAXI - We can organize a taxi to pick you up, they will meet you at the airport and bring you straight to the Iguana, stopping for a meal, a drink or a bank if you want them to. They charge $230 for up to six people in a van.
BUS – Last but not least, you can spend the night in San Jose and take the local “Alfaro” bus the next morning at 5:30 am, from the Coca Cola stop, it arrives in Nosara at 11:45 am, and passes by the exit to our neighborhood about 15 minutes earlier. Ask the driver to let you out at Giardino Tropicale, and walk down 500 meters, hang a right and walk another 200 meters, we are on your right just past the Frog Pad and Nosara Net.
From Liberia Airport:
There are no flights directly from Liberia to Nosara (occasionally a stop over from Tamarindo if you’re lucky, but these are few and far between) so these are your options:
RENT A CAR, see directions below
SHUTTLE SERVICE In high season there is a shuttle that leaves the airport at 2:00 pm and drops off at any hotel in Nosara for $50/person. Email us to book this shuttle for you, they will want your flight details, so please include them in your email.
TAXI - We can arrange for a private taxi to meet you at any time and bring you straight here. The taxi charges $120 for up to four people, $10 more per person after that. They will stop for you along the way if you need an atm, or something to eat and will wait for you if your flight is delayed. PLease email us to organize this service for you, they will also require your flight details so that they can be ontop of any delays or early arrivals.
Get on the highway heading south towards Santa Cruz and Nicoya. Just before Nicoya you will reach an intersection that will have a sign, straight to the Tempisque bridge and San Jose, or turn right towards Nicoya, turn right, and then a left just after. Stay on the main road and head out of Nicoya. Follow signs towards Nosara, they are pretty straight forward, you only have to make a right turn, and then a left turn, both well marked.
Once you pass the only gas station on that road after Nicoya you will see a right turn onto the dirt road to Nosara, take it. Follow along about 20k (20 minutes or so) and then turn right and follow along past Garza, and into Playa Guiones. We are at the second entrance to Guiones, past Coconut Harry’s and National Rental Car. Turn left at the Hotel Giardino Tropical, there is a big sign on the corner. Go two blocks and turn right, about another two blocks. You’ll see our big sign.
From San Jose:
There is a new highway from San Jose to Caldera that you can take now that will get you to Nosara about an hour sooner, but if you are not familiar with San Jose, it will take you more than an hour to find your way to this route, so we still recommend the old way for first timers. (the new highway is frequently out of commission anyway due to mudslides)
From the airport, you will get on the highway heading AWAY from San Jose, follow directional signs to Puntarenas, and head out of the city and down the mountainside. About an hour and a half down the road, you will be close to Puntarenas, don’t take the turn off, keep heading straight towards Liberia, or Tamarindo signs, about another hour down the road there will be a turnoff to the bridge, (called Puente La Amistad) with a gas station on the South-West corner. Turn left here and follow along, pass over the bridge and keep going to Nicoya. Drive through Nicoya, and follow signs to Nosara. Once you reach the gas station about 35k outside of Nosara (you might want to fill up here) you will turn right just past it, there is a sign pointing to Nosara, and you will drive the last 20k on the dirt road. Drive about 20 minutes down the road until it ends and turns left or right. Turn right and keep going another 20 minutes. You will pass through Garza, and then see signs for Guiones. Keep driving past Cafe de Paris, (the first turn off to Guiones) and take the next left at Giardino Tropical (a Swiss operated hotel/Pizzeria). Drive about 500m down that road, and turn right at the second block. Go another 500 meters, and you will see us on the right side. Below is a google map, use it as a guide, but do not follow their directions, check out Surfing Nosara’s site for directions with photos: