DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM SAN JOSE TO NOSARA

Exit the Juan Santamaria Airport and follow the road straight towards downtown San Jose.

Ask the rental car staff to point you towards Autopista del Sol (Highway 27)

Upon departing Juan SantaMaria Airport follw the road straight in the direction of central San Jose. Remain on this road for around 15 minutes.

You will see a McDonalds sign on the opposite left corner of the intersection and a large bright blue Universal sign on the right. Turn right onto the Autopista del Sol (Highway 27). Along the way you will pass toll stations. Have some some Costa Rican Colones ($3:00 – $5:00) in change at the ready.

Remain on the Autopista del Sol (Highway 27) and follow the signs for Puntarenas and Caldera.

On arrival in Puntarenas Autopista del Sol (Highway 27) automatically merges into Highway 1. Although you should follow signs for Liberia, Liberia is not your destination. After leaving Puntarenas look for the Puente La Amistad de Taiwan sign. Take a left towards Puente La Amistad de Taiwan.

After crossing the Puente La Amistad de Taiwan bridge follow this road for around 50km until you reach a large T junction. Turn right. After turning right you are now on the road to Nicoya.

Remain on this road and you will pass signs for Nosara, Playa Samara and Carrillo. Eventually you will arrive marked by signs to Nicoya and a flashing yellow traffic light. Upon arrival at the traffic light check carefully for oncoming traffic and then take a left. This will lead you into the town of Nicoya

This road will lead you straight through the entire town of Nicoya. You will know you have exited Nicoya when you pass the Nicoya airstrip on the left.

You will arrive at a small town. Take care with the speed bumps on the main street. The T junction marked by a small store named “abastecedor Caimital”. Upon arrival at this junction turn right. Remain on this road for the next 20km

You will pass a gas station with an adjoining soda (cafe) on your left. Around 80 meters further you will pass a hardware store on your left. Opposite the hardware store is a right turn down onto the dusty road marked by signs for Nosara, Playa Guiones, Garza and Ostional. Turn right down this road.

Important: This rocky, dusty road contains winding turns and hidden potholes that present hazards for drivers, pedestrians, local residents and animals, particularly when driving at night. Accidents can happen so remember to relax, drive slowly, and enjoy the ride.

Remain on this road for 8km. Eventuall you will arrive at a T junction marked by signs. Turn right here.

Remain on this road for around 13km. After passing through the sleepy fishing village of Playa Garza (please drive slowly) you are nearly there. Continue on and you will reach Playa Guiones.

Important: First time visitors often make the mistake of driving to central Nosara instead of Playa Guiones. Nosara town is 6 km further down the road.

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DRIVING FROM LIBERIA TO NOSARA

Upon exit from Daniel Obuder airport take a right turn and remain on this road for 60km (approx) until you arrive at the traffic lights indicating the Nicoya intersection.

When you arrive at the flashing yellow check carefully for oncoming traffic and then take a right. This will lead you into the town of Nicoya

This road will lead you straight through the entire town of Nicoya. You will know you have exited Nicoya when you pass the Nicoya airstrip on the left.

You will arrive at a small town. Take care with the speed bumps on the main street. The T junction marked by a small store named “abastecedor Caimital”. Upon arrival at this junction turn right. Remain on this road for the next 20km

You will pass a gas station with an adjoining soda (cafe) on your left. Around 80 meters further you will pass a hardware store on your left. Opposite the hardware store is a right turn down onto the dusty road marked by signs for Nosara, Playa Guiones, Garza and Ostional. Turn right down this road.

Important: This rocky, dusty road contains winding turns and hidden potholes that present hazards for drivers, pedestrians, local residents and animals, particularly when driving at night. Accidents can happen so remember to relax, drive slowly, and enjoy the ride.

Remain on this road for 8km. Eventuall you will arrive at a T junction marked by signs. Turn right here.

Remain on this road for around 13km. After passing through the sleepy fishing village of Playa Garza (please drive slowly) you are nearly there. Continue on and you will reach Playa Guiones.

Important: First time visitors often make the mistake of driving to central Nosara instead of Playa Guiones. Nosara town is 6 km further down the road.

Alternative route:

If you choose to take the old highway (Highway 1), after leaving the airport follow directions for the Calle 1 (Highway 1) towards San Ramon. Keep straight for 124km and turn off when you arrive at signs for the Puente La Amistad de Taiwan. From here follow the directions above.

 

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