How do you get to Nosara Costa Rica? – All Different Ways –

Nosara is located in the Nicoya Peninsula, Northwest of Costa Rica, and it is known to be, among other things, one of the most hidden paradises on the world, not only for its beautiful beaches, but for the vibe, and the great infrastructure there is, for the enjoyment of the town.

You can arrive from all over the world, in one of the two international airports there is in Costa Rica. Getting to Nosara may take you from one to five hours, depending on the airport and the time of your arrival, your budget and the size of your group. You have 4 options:

  • On a rented car
  • On a small plane
  • On a private microbus service
  • On a Public bus

Prices, driving time, schedule, places to buy tickets, how comfortable each one is, and much more information, you may read in the next paragraphs.

From Liberia Airport (LIR) to Nosara

If you arrive on Daniel Oduber International Airport at Liberia (LIR) you have four options, public bus, Shared Shuttle, Private Microbus service and Rented car.

On a Public Bus.

You can take a taxi to the Liberia Municipal terminal for about $25, and there, you can take a bus to Nicoya. The ride time for Liberia to Nicoya is about 2 hours, and the price is around ¢1190 or $2.

When you arrive in Nicoya, you can take another bus to Nosara, with the next departure hours 4:45 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm, so you shouldn’t take the bus to Nicoya later than 2:00 pm or you will miss the last bus from Nicoya to Nosara. The driving time is one hour.

Take notice that Guiones is 7 km before Nosara, and if you get to Nosara, then you have to go back that 7 km to Guiones, so you have to get off the bus at Guiones, for that, you can talk to the driver, and they will help you.

Once, in Guiones, the bus will stop at the main road outside Guiones Beach, a dusty road where you will have to look for a taxi to take you from there, to the place you are going to stay, for another $5 or $10.

This will cost you less than $40, but buses are not very comfortable, and bus stations not very safe, and at the bus, your things are not treated as good as the should.

On a Shared Shuttle

The other convenient way Is to take a Shared Shuttle that leaves at 2:30 pm from the Liberia Airport to Nosara area, at $45 per person, on an air-conditioned microbus, directly to the door of wherever you are going to stay at Guiones Beach, Pelada Beach, on Nosara Town.

If your Plane arrives early, you will have to wait until the shuttle departures time. For reservation, you can click here for reservation. For more information, you can read our article on that service.

On a Private Microbus

If you do not want to wait, or your flight arrives later than noon, you can reserve on our website a microbus for $130 for up to 4 persons, for conveniently pick you up at the airport exit with a sign with your name, to take you to the door of the place you are going to stay. It is the same condition, new air-conditioned microbus with free WiFi and complimentary water bottles.

Depending on your group size, this last option can be even cheaper than the Shared Shuttle. You can make a reservation on our Website here.

Wherever you are coming from, be prepared for dusty bumpy wavy and winding roads, probably some river crossing, hot and humid climate, and relaxed attitude. Be also prepared for the heavy jungle, beautiful sights, great food, consistent waves, and great places for yoga.

On a rented Car

Costa Rica, in general, is not the best place on the word to drive. People are not very gentle once they are driving, roads are too crowded, not in great shape and not very good marked, some places are insecure but more important, driving time is long and tired.

There is no doubt that renting a car gives more freedom, but I recommend renting the car once you arrive in Nosara, you may be coming tired, and driving the road to Nosara is not easy. It’s a two and a half hours drive, plus the time that takes renting the car.

But anyway, if you want to rent the car, you should leave the airport and take a right on route 21 to Nicoya. Nicoya is the biggest town near Nosara.

Once you get into Nicoya, you have to pass all across Nicoya on the road that goes to Samara, route 150. This is a wavy winding road, here you should look for the Cruce de Nosara, and then take a right. From there, the road is not very good, bumpy and dusty, until you arrive in Nosara.

From San Jose (SJO) to Nosara

On a Public Bus

The cheapest way is going on a public bus from San José. You can take a Taxi from the airport to the bus station in San José for about $30. The bus company is named Empresas Alfaro, they departed on a direct service at 5:30 am, every day, from Estación 7-10, and the price is ¢4810, which is around $8.oo per person.

If you get there after 5:30 am,on the same place, you can take a bus to Nicoya, which is the main town closer to Nosara, at 7:30 am, 10:00 am, 12:00, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm or 5:00 pm., and there, you can take a bus to Nosara, but the bus to Nosara has departure hours as well, 4:45 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm, so you shouldn’t take the bus to Nicoya later than noon, or you will miss the last bus from Nicoya to Nosara.

Take notice that Guiones is 7 km before Nosara, and if you get to Nosara, then you have to go back that 7 km to Guiones, so you have to get off the bus at Guiones, for that, you can talk to the driver, and he/she will help you.

Once, in Guiones, the bus will stop at the main road outside Guiones Beach, a dusty road where you will have to look for a taxi to take you from there, to the place you are going to stay, for another $5 or $10.

Buses are generally crowded, have short spaces between seats, no air conditioner, no bathroom, but on the way, they will probably stop at a restaurant or a place where you can go to the bathroom and buy some snacks. It is not very comfortable.

You cannot make any arrangements on the advance from outside the country, because they do not take any reservations online, but they do have a website. Chances are, you will not find seats until later, or separate seats if you are in a group. If you arrive a couple of days early, you can buy the tickets at the station.

Bus stations are not very safe and you should be watching your staff every second, and never leave your things unattended, until you put it on the bus.  Also, if you travel with surfboards, you may find troubles, and your things may be damaged or hit by other people cases.

On a Small Airplane

The faster way to get to Nosara is on a small airplane. There is an airplane strip at Nosara for domestic flights, you should get in a taxi from the SJO airport to Tobías Bolaños international airport in Pavas for about $32, and then take an airplane for $90 to $110 per person, and then take a taxi from the airport at Nosara to the place you are going to stay, for another $20 to $30.

Planes leave Tobias Bolaños at 8:50 am and at 2:00 pm, and you should make your reservation ahead. This will take around 1:30 hours, 30 minutes on a taxi on the way to the airport 45 minutes on the fly, and another 15 to 20 minutes getting to the place you are going to stay. You can make reservations online on their website, and book both taxis on our website as well.

On a Private Microbus

The last way is on a comfortable, new microbus with air conditioner, WiFi, and courtesy water bottles on a 5 hour trip for $240 for up to 4 persons. Depending on the number of persons of your party, this option can be even cheaper than a small airplane, and definitely more comfortable and convenient than a public bus ride. You can make your reservation on our website here.

On a Private Microbus, you will be taken directly from the airport to the door of the place you are going to stay, secure, at the time of your convenience, and you can make arrangement for your trip back, when you are going to leave, to be picked up at your door, and directly to the airport.

On a Rented Car

When you exit the SJO Airport, you should look for route 01 going west, until you arrive in Cruce Radial el Coyol, Take the Radial el Coyol to the Cruce Ruta 27, where you take a right, going west on Route 27 all the way to Caldera.

When you arrive at Caldera, continue north parallel to the coast on Route 23, and then at El Roble continue on Route 23 northeast to the Cruce de Barranca.

On Barranca, you take a left on Route 01 again to the Cruce Limonal. At Limonal there is a gas station with a convenience store for refreshments. At Limonal yo go west on Route 18, you pass the La Amistad Bridge and continue to Pueblo Viejo de Nicoya, where you take a right on route 21 for some miles until you get to Nicoya.

Once you get into Nicoya, you have to pass all across Nicoya on the road that goes to Samara, route 150. This is a wavy winding road, here you should look for the Cruce de Nosara, and then take a right. From there, the road is not very good, bumpy and dusty, until you arrive in Nosara.

Frequently ask questions

How to move in Nosara

At all Nosara area, you can find small Tuk Tuks, a three-wheel bike use as a taxi, that can take you from your House Hostel or Hotel to the place you want to go, this can be a supermarket, a tourist information office, the beach or a restaurant or a bar. And there is a phone list you can find on our Website. This option is quite cheap.

There are some regular official taxis that you can take as well, and you can also rent an ATV, but have in mind that this is a rural dusty road place, where a ride on ATV or a Tuk Tuk, can be an adventure. For that, have a handkerchief or a bandanna, sunglass and a hat on hand, and be prepared to get all dusty.

Probably the best way is to call an air-conditioned microbus that will take you from your House Hostel or Hotel to the restaurant or bar you are going to have dinner and refreshments, and you can arrange them to pick you up back when you are ready. Again, reservations can be made at our website here. For more information, you can read our post on How is Nosara.

What to Pack for Nosara Costa Rica

Considering that Nosara is basically a Beach town on the tropics, hot and humid, you know you need bright colors and light fabric cloth, flip flops, cargo pants, shorts, swimsuit, beach cover-ups, t-shirts, tank tops, jumpers, kaftans, cardigans, kimonos, polo t-shirts, sunglasses, caps, and broad-brimmed hats.

If You are going to Surf you should bring your SPF 50 UV protection rash guard, and your board shorts and for Yoga, you should bring your yoga mat, pants, and top. Don´t forget a zinc oxide water and sweat proof reef-safe sunscreen and your bug repellant.

Consider the activities you are going to roll in, and any considerations the tour people tell you about cloth and other things, for example, your own snorkel mask, so you do not have to use a shared one.

You can read our post on what should I pack for Nosara Costa Rica.

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