For those traveling on a budget then the bus service is the most affordable option and a great way to get a feel for Costa Rica. There is a direct bus service from San Jose to Nosara every morning at 5:30am departing from the intersection of Avenida 5 and Calles 14/16 (Alfaro Terminal). Services from San Jose to Nicoya are more frequent and depart from the intersection of Avenida 5 and Calles 14/16 (Alfaro Terminal 7-10) at 5:30 a.m, 7:30 a.m, 10:00 a.m, 12:00 p.m, 1:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m, and 5:00 p.m. Buses from liberia to nicoya leave from terminal Liberia begin at 4:30 am and run every 3o minutes until 8 pm.
After reaching Nicoya you will find a bus to take you to Nosara. The last bus from Nicoya to Nosara leaves at 5pm daily. Please note that first time travelers frequently make the mistake of riding the bus all the way to Nosara, only to find they must traverse around 4 miles to get back to Playa Guiones. State clearly to the driver that you wish to be informed when the bus reaches Playa Guiones. Alternatively, keep an eye out for the bus stop between Coconut Harry’s surf shop and Cafe de Paris.