Pura Vida = Playa Guiones, Nosara and Tabacon

It takes about 3 hours from the Liberia Airport to get to Nosara. A little bit more if you miss the right turn after you pass the Samara Gas Station. As of the last visit, there are no more signs indicating the turn to Nosara. At some point, you will realize it as you arrive in the town of Samara. From there you will have to go back to Nicoya and then drive uphill to bring you to the dirt roads of Nosara. 

Located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica on the northern pacific coast, Nosara is home to pristine beaches, 6km of consistent surf breaks and stunning sunsets. There are no high rise buildings nor massive hotel presence. Instead, green, lush protected jungle (green zone) separates the beaches from any establishments or attractions. In fact, environmental laws are strictly enforced by conservationists (comprised mainly of members from the large expat community) and that all development starts 1km off the beach: Preservation first over profit.

Playa Guiones in Nosara is a mecca for expats, surfers and yogis. The unpaved roads, the quirky smell of molasses glazed on the grounds to keep the dust down, the dense jungle and thick vegetation gives away the fact that preserving simplicity is of utmost importance. It is raw, rural and unpretentious. So unless you are seeking tranquility, serenity, peace, learning how to surf or getting your 300 hours of yoga teacher training, this may not be the place for you. 

It usually takes some convincing and even more time to "pluck" me away from working. But somehow, I've managed to visit Nosara three times in eleven months! I would work remotely for a few days and then take a certain number of days off. But regardless of whether I am working or not, I feel so isolated from the world...in a good way. I feel so isolated from the worries and ambitions of the world. Because in Costa Rica, it is PURA VIDA - pure life and Solo Bueno - All is well!

Cameras:
Here are the photos I took from the most recent trip. I took the photos using a Fuji Film mirrorless camera, some from my Canon MkII and a lot from my Samsung Note 4 smartphone (some photos of which were automatically uploaded to my FB account and are not featured here). There are two sets of images here.  One was from Nosara and the other, from Tabacon, a grand spa thermal resort in the heart of La Fortuna/ Arenal Volcano, 4 hours away from Nosara.  

 
Glorious Sunsets 

Glorious Sunsets 

Garrobo (small alligator / iguana)

Garrobo (small alligator / iguana)

Believe me when I say, this guy is the best surfer in Nosara!

Believe me when I say, this guy is the best surfer in Nosara!

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My favorite food: tico breakfast: gallo rice, bacon, eggs and plaintains

My favorite food: tico breakfast: gallo rice, bacon, eggs and plaintains

Playa Pelada
a small fishing village where you can buy fish straight out of the boat

La Luna Restaurant at Playa Pelada, a perfect sunset dinner with a dear friend and local artist, Nathan. 

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La Fortuna/ Arenal Volcano / Tabacon, Grand Thermal Spa Resort

 

We traveled for 4 long hours to La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano

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