Playa Pelada lies about 5 km (3 miles) to the north of Playa Guiones. The best spot to enter Playa Pelada is near the La Luna restaurant, especially if you have a vehicle. You can find La Luna on Google Maps.
From San Jose airport, Playa Pelada is about 244 km (151 miles) away and the drive takes about 4.5 hours without breaks, under perfect traffic conditions.
From Liberia airport, Playa Pelada is about 114 km (71 miles) away and the drive takes about 2.5 hours.
The road is unpaved and dirt in one stretch towards the end, but you do not need a 4X4 to reach Playa Pelada.
Facilities at Playa Pelada
Here are all the logistics details to help you plan your visit to Playa Pelada.
The best spot to park at Playa Pelada is near the La Luna restaurant. The other spot is near Bar Olga’s, for which you need to drive straight instead of taking the left to La Luna.
There are no restrooms at the beach. However, most likely, the place of your stay will probably not be too far away from the beach. Also, if you absolutely need it, you can walk in to one of the two beachfront restaurants to grab a bite or to have a drink.
Final Thoughts on Playa Pelada
Nosara is fast becoming the place of choice for “settling down” for many expats and some city Costa Ricans. While Playa Guiones gets all the hype, Playa Pelada shows you a more raw version of Nosara. Visit this tranquil beach to get a taste for yourself why people get attracted to this part of the country.