If you want to experience Nosara without draining your pockets, here’s a list of the best budget options in the area:
A welcoming Buddha will greet you at 4You Hostal. This chic hostel is just a 10 minutes walk from the beach, close to all the restaurants and stores. Great for surfers, yoga enthusiasts and adventurers that want to relax and make new friends, all close to the waves. 4 You is clean, well maintained and tastefully designed with luxury finishes. And is eco friendly, so you can be sure to have a minimum impact on the environment. There’s a yoga deck under a beautiful almond tree, a large fully equipped double kitchen, an outdoor communal living space, lockers, surfboard storage, and fans for rent. The shared rooms have 8 comfortable queen beds, a large shared bathroom with 3 showers and 4 toilets. If you want more privacy there are 3 separate rooms and 4 elegant bungalows with terrace, some for up to 4 people. Kids older than 7 are allowed.
Selina’s concept comes from the new era of digital nomads, people looking for a place with a sense of community either for their new adventures or coworking spaces. All that, with a good wifi connection. Selina Nosara is beautifully designed, with wooden decks, palm roofs, hanging lights and surrounded by jungle. Perfect for surf or yoga lovers, backpackers and adventurers. There are options for every budget: 12 and 8 bed dorms, standard, twin, triple and quadruple rooms, deluxe rooms and rock star rooms. Selina has a bar, swimming pool, restaurant, movie room, yoga deck, garden, shared kitchen and shared lounge, gift shop, surfboards and lessons. Also there’s usually live music and activities like art or salsa classes.
For those looking to stay close to the best waves at Guiones Beach without spending a fortune, your best bet is Nosara Beach Hostel. Just steps from the south entrance to the beach, the hostel is surrounded by a beautiful garden where you can hang in a hammock to rest after a fun summer day. The hostel vibe is casual and pleasant, within walking distance to the stores and restaurants, yet hidden enough to get tranquility. All the dorm style rooms have bathrooms and lockers. The common area has a kitchen, a dining room with board games, satellite TV, netflix and playstation, a big garden with hammocks, ping pong and foosball, and an area where guests can wash their clothes and hang.
Located in walking distance to the beach in Playa Pelada, this eco friendly hotel is surrounded by a verdant forest and gardens. It can host retreats and offers daily yoga classes, cleansing and nutritional counseling, ceremonies, temascal, in house massages and spa services. There’s a nursery for local plants and organic products, which they use for the complimentary breakfast. Every room has a private bathroom fitted with a bathtub or shower, fans, single and double bed, some have a kitchen and a terrace or balcony. You can also rent private villas. There are hammocks in the corridors facing the garden.
In Driftwood you can make your dreams of glamping close to the beach while hearing the ocean sounds come true. With a boho chic style, Driftwood is located off the beaten path, so a car or tuk tuk (Nosara taxis) may come in handy. You can walk to the Pelada beach through a lush jungle trail where you can enjoy the view of Boca de Nosara mangroves. There are 7 glamping bell tents with queen size bed, a lock, private bathroom with toiletries and floor fan. If glamping is not your thing, there are also 6 Suite bedrooms with a/c, bathroom with toiletries, terrace and king size bed. Driftwood has a saltwater infinity pool, a juice bar and snacks, fire pit area, filtered water for the guests, yoga deck, yoga classes and retreats. It is kid friendly.
Jungle’s Edge is known for its concern with sustainability and wellness. They offer yoga, mobility training, weight loss, brazilian jiu jitsu, kickboxing, MMA, and surf lessons open to the public, and sometimes they host retreats. The hotel is situated within a 15 minute walk to the beach in the town of Esperanza. It has a lot of open space and common areas like a salt-water pool, a big dining area with a restaurant, a fire pit, billiards table, hammocks and a common kitchen. There are shared and private bungalows (kind of camping style) with private bathroom and cooking area, mosquito nets and fans. There are rooms with private bathroom and a/c, refrigerator and ceiling fan; and rooms in a villa that is located in a small hill with private bathroom and a/c, incredible view from the terrace, billiards table and shared kitchen.
Known for the attentive service that the owners provide, Refugio del Sol is well situated in the main road of Playa Pelada, leading to the beach in 3 minutes and close to the restaurants and convenience stores. With ceramic tiled floors, wood furnishing and long corridors, it’s great to relax in one of the many hammocks facing the garden. There are comfortable and clean double and triple rooms with private bathrooms, towels, toiletries and ceiling fans. A shared kitchen, terrace and common patio, and they have laundry service.
If you’re looking for calm and tranquility with a homey atmosphere and incredible food, don’t hesitate to visit O Saveurs d’Isa. It is in Delicias, a town some kilometers away from Guiones and Garza beach, so a car may be needed. Known especially for the delicious french cuisine of the owner, Isa, hence the name, Isa’s flavours. It has a swimming pool, a big garden, terrace, bbq area, bar, hammocks. For both short and long stays, it is close to a market, a bar, and a diving center. There are 8 cabins with private bathroom that can accommodate up to 4 people. Of course, breakfast included so you can try Isa’s cooking.
Owned by a local family it has a homey atmosphere. Recently renovated, the hotel is just steps from Garza beach. The style is simple, in a Costa Rican fashion, with white walls and wooden verandas. The family always support their community, and they help with booking activities for the guests. There’s a pool, garden, bbq, large dining area and living room in a common area, and breakfast is included. The hotel has 6 private rooms with two double beds each, private bathroom, and a/c, some have their own kitchen.There are also 2 shared rooms for up to six people each.
If you want a true Costa Rican experience, you can stay in the town of Nosara, where most local people live. There, you’ll find Hacienda Sarah, a guesthouse run by a local family. Surrounded by the jungle, the house has white walls and wooden soulful touches. From there, you can drive, take a tuk tuk (Nosara taxi) or a bus to the any of the beaches, 10 to 20 minutes from the town. Hacienda Sarah has a pool, billiard table, shared lounge, common kitchen, garden and bbq area. There are cozy double and triple rooms with private bathroom and extra mosquito nets.
Cabinas Dylan are owned by Sonia and Ruth, a local mother and her daughter, who are part of a non profit program to help locals succeed with their business. The hotel is in the town of Nosara, close to all the restaurants, stores and other services you may need. It is clean and well maintained, with a recently built a new section. From there you can drive, take a tuk tuk (Nosara taxi) or bus to any of the beaches or to the Ostional Wildlife Refuge. There are 21 rooms, simple, but cozy and clean, with tv, a/c, wifi, private bathrooms and towels. Sonia and Ruth also have a restaurant across the street called Soda Vanessa, where they offer the most delicious typical dishes.
For surf and adventure lovers, Burnt Toast Surfcamp offers budget accommodations and surf and yoga packages. You can take surf lessons, surf pictures, surf trips, surfboard rental and yoga classes. It is a 10 minute walk from Pelada beach. There are dorm rooms with bunk beds, ceiling fan and lockers for up to 12 people. Or private rooms for a little extra privacy, some with private kitchen, bathroom, terrace and a/c. The hostel has a commune kitchen and bathrooms, shared lounge, a pool and garden.
If you want to experience Nosara without draining your pockets, here’s a list of the best budget options in the area.