Situated along the scenic Nicoya Peninsula in northwest Costa Rica, the charming village of Nosara is a splendid destination for newlyweds seeking that ideal balance of relaxation and adventure.
Thanks to amazing natural attractions like white-sand beaches and dense jungle, the coastal town has been a draw with visitors for decades. But it doesn't end there.
With world-renowned surf, ample wildlife, a vibrant community, a dedication to preservation, and an overall relaxing vibe, Nosara is truly unlike any other honeymoon destination in the world.
From the minute you step foot on its soft sands and lush terrain, you’ll see why so many newlyweds never want to leave.
What to do:
While many honeymoon couples visit this pleasant seaside village for spectacular kayaking, rainforest expeditions, and horseback riding on the beach, the region truly stands out for its consistent surf. In fact, National Geographic recently named Nosara as one of the world’s top surf towns.
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned surfer, paddle out with a reputable local outfitter like Coconut Harry’s, which offers surf rentals, lessons, vacation tour packages, and English-speaking instructors. Two other recommended outfitters include Safari Surf School and Nosara Tico Surf School.
Next, get out exploring the region's thick vegetation and many waterways with Experience Nosara. Whether it be hiking to secluded waterfall or kayaking through a mangrove forest, the local outfitter offers a wide variety of unforgettable adventure tours. One of our favorite offerings is the Boca Nosara Wildlife & Kayak Tour, which takes paddlers out on the beautiful Rio Nosara with a wildlife expert.
On the heels of all of your adventure experiences, unwind and relax the mind through yoga, which has been a fabric of the Nosara community for many years. To embrace the “Pura Vida” lifestyle, attend a class at Nosara Yoga Institute. Public classes are offered daily, last 90 minutes, and place an emphasis on Hatha Yoga.
Also, couples will find the Healing Centre at Harmony Hotel as a perfect way to restore and rejuvenate the body. The facility provides a wide variety of body treatments and an open-air yoga studio suitable for private and group classes.
Where to stay:
Inspired by old school tropical properties of bygone eras, the Harmony Hotel (from $330/night) is located just steps from the famous waves at Playa Guiones. Notable amenities include a shimmering swimming pool, a highly-acclaimed restaurant serving three meals a day (using only fresh, local ingredients), a juice bar (serving up smoothies, salads, and sandwiches), and even a farm.
As for accommodations, the hotel offers there different room options: Coco rooms, bungalows, and suites. Each room has a large private patio with outdoor sunflower shower, hammock, and lounge area, plus king bed, A/C, and Wi-Fi. Suites also feature private wooden decks, separate showers and tubs, and nearly 1,200 square feet of space.
Costa Rica Yoga Spa (suites from $145/night) is another fabulous spot for newlyweds to drop their bags. Situated on the side of a mountain of a private ranch, the property offers upscale accommodations (including private suites with modern amenities, outdoor decks, and panoramic views), daily yoga classes overlooking the ocean, and three gourmet meals a day.
Where to eat:
As an emerging travel destination, Nosara boasts a delightful food scene, one that seems to be getting more impressive each year.
Any exploration of Nosara's burgeoning food scene must commence at La Luna, a casual chic bistro right on the beach in Playa Pelada. With outdoor tables, stringed lights, and a full bar, the ambiance can't be beat. Meanwhile, with fish tacos, wood-fired pizzas, and sunset cocktails on the menu, it all adds up to a perfect honeymoon meal.
For a memorable, budget-friendly meal, enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at El Chivo Cantina. Insider tip: Get there early for 2-for-1 margaritas during happy hour.
Anyone else familiar with Nosara, Costa Rica? What are YOUR honeymoon tips?