When people dream of working remotely, many imagine posting up by the beach with their laptop, sipping a healthy smoothie or coffee. Maybe going for a surf or yoga class when the work day is over. Enjoying a vibrant international community with plenty of cultural events and restaurants? Well, Nosara checks all these boxes on the digital nomad dream list, and more.
The town of Nosara is located on the Pacific coast in northwestern Costa Rica. It encompasses the coastal area in Nicoya of Playa Nosara, Playa Pelada, Playa Guiones and Playa Garza. The culture is centered around healthy living, with yoga and surf two of the main activities you’ll find. People are friendly and sunset at the beach is a spiritual experience for the entire community. Though development is increasing in the area, the roads are still dirt and enough trees remain for howler monkeys to hang out. There are all kinds of amazing restaurants, with more vegetarian and vegan options than anywhere else in the country. People get around on bikes, quads, tuk tuks, or on foot."
Lovely Nosara is the place to go if you’re looking for a digital nomad mecca. It’s famous for surfing, yoga, healing and holistic retreat centers, with plenty of foreigners (and locals) who have established themselves as entrepreneurs, private chefs and yoga instructors. This is one of the more expensive destinations to live in Costa Rica, but it’s still affordable compared to other tropical getaways. The town itself has a lively atmosphere with cafes and bars lining the streets at night.
Nosara’s a destination for remote workers and entrepreneurs. Selina, the village’s co-working space, will help you get started with free business advice and classes. Meanwhile, its internet connection is fast enough to handle video calls from across the world. And if your computer does break down, Nicoya has plenty of repair options within a short drive inland. All of these compelling reasons make Nosara an ideal place for new startups or growing businesses! It’s common to see people working from cafes and restaurants around town, and the internet connections are good despite being fairly remote.
If you love nature and adventure, Nosara makes for a wonderful place to get away from it all. It can be a serious challenge for these small beach communities to grow in a balanced and sustainable way when they gain popularity so quickly. Over-development, waste disposal, energy consumption, and rising costs of living are just some of the challenges Nosara and other popular beach towns in Costa Rica face. We hope that the digital nomad community respects the natural environment and local culture wherever they travel to.