Marker - Nosara
Wave Type - Beachbreak w/peaks
Bottom - Sand
Swell Window - Southwest to North
Tide - Mid to High
Wind - Northeast
Nosara is a sand bottom beachbreak that is made up of several different breaks. The two main breaks are Guiones and Olgas.
* Guiones is a white sand beachbreak that breaks
both left and right. It is a rolling, forgiving wave,
great for longboarders as well as shortboarders. It
* Olgas is an inside, right point break that works when
it's closing out at other places. This break is called
Olga's because you can see it breaking from
the restaurant,"Olga's". It breaks when there is a big
westerly swell and can break for 150 meters. It is
rarely crowded because it only breaks with a big
There is almost always an offshore, easterly wind
blowing that helps Nosara produce very consistent
waves. Optimum swell direction is south/southwest
and it works best at mid to high tide with waves that
are head high to a couple of feet overhead.
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Nosara is a little difficult to access but over the last few years Costa Rican roads have improved markedly. It is, however, still a quaint, quiet beach town that has not experienced the flood of people looking to find their "surfing nirvana", yet. The following are direction from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose.
Directions to Nosara,
From San Jose International Airport
The drive from San Jose to Nosara is pretty straightforward but it takes about five hours. You might want to print these directions and have them with you for the trip. The trip can be made in a regular car, but the road by the beach can be very bumpy and full of holes, especially during the "green" ( rainy) season. A 4X4, while not essential, is always a good option (for other areas as well). There are numerous car rental companies to choose from at the airport. National Rental and Toyota Rent A Car both have offices in Nosara as well.
*Note: Remember that the odometer on your rental will almost certainly be in kilometers. Make sure you check it.