Nosara offers a variety of exciting tours, sports, adventures and activities. Personal or group retreat or adventure vacation - we can plan it for you. Tell us what you want and we will make it happen!
Horseback Riding with Boca Nosara Tours
Beate and Hawe provide the best horseback riding in all of Nosara and their stables are just a short walk from Bella Vista Mar.
The horses at Boca Nosara Tours are trained and educated by an experienced trainer providing guests with reliable, friendly horses, which give beginners as well as advanced riders a great ride! Their horses are regularly checked by a veterinarian and farrier and are kept in roomy and clean stables. These horses are well fed and well loved!
Beate and Hawe offer only guided tours and groups are never mixed. The guides who speak English, Spanish and German, will give you detailed explanations of the flora and fauna. Children as young as 7 years old can join the tours.
Prices range from $50 - $90 depending upon length of trip, destination and size of group.
ATV/Quad Rentals and Tours with Boca Nosara Tours
Important: Please know that it is illegal to ride ATV's on the beaches of Nosara.
Boca Nosara tours is also offering excursions by ATV, Yamaha 350 cc model 2010, so you see more of the wonderful nature of Costa Rica.
Tours by ATV give you a chance to visit typical cattle and horse ranches as well as go deeper into the countryside and jungles.
Tours and daily rentals are available from $45 per day to $90. Prices depend upon rental, tour and destination. Ask for details.
Reserva Biologica Nosara
A quick walk down the road from Bella Vista Mar you will find the Biological Reserve (Reserva Biologica). The private nature reserve is located on about 35 ha / 90 acres of protected land situated along the Nosara River.
Home to more than 270 species of birds the early morning hours are the best time to catch sight of seabirds, herons, waders, tucans, motmots, and many others.
While hiking in the reserve, you may also see: monkeys, coatis, raccoons, armadillos, snakes, anteaters, crabs and iguanas.
The self-guided tour costs $6 and is about 2 hours long. The tour begins in the lobby of LaGarta Lodge. Guided tours can also be arranged in English, German and Spanish and cost $11 per person and takes about 2 ½ hours. The guided tour is highly recommended and can be followed by a buffet breakfast at LaGarta Lodge for an additional $7 pp.
River Boat Tours
Guided boat tours are available with an English and German speaking guide. Using electric powered boats the guide takes you into the ancient world of the twisted mangroves. Silence on the river is critical to catching sight of multiple birds and animals – including crocodiles!
Let Jungle Joe take you to Rosada Beach for a relaxing day of snorkeling and sea kayaking.
If your idea of fun is spending a half day paddling to a pink sand island in a kayak, sipping a cold drink, snorkeling, working on your tan lines, exploring tidal pools, throwing a frisbee and marveling at the green jungle mainland, then you should experience the Pink Island Kayak Snorkle Trip. Dry Season only. $50 per person.
Waterfal Treks for novice hikers $25 per person. Other trips available as well.
Nosara is a sport fishers dream! Get on the boat and you will be in fishing waters within 10 – 15 minutes. No hour long trips over rough water to get to the fishing grounds!
We can arrange full and half day excursions as well as English speaking captains. Let us know your preference and we can make it happen! Bring your catch home to the hotel and we will prepare it for you that night – how much better can it get!
The best time to visit Ostional is just before and during an ARRIBADA. These occur, as a general rule, at the start of the LAST Quarter MOON. The best months to see the biggest ARRIBADAS are between July and December.
After an undetermined waiting time, close to the last quarter of the moon cycle, the "arribada" will begin. At first, a few hundred turtles will come out on the beach, followed by a steady stream of turtles for the next three to seven days. For moon phases click here: MOON
So many turtles come onto the beach in a short time span that most of the first nests are destroyed by later turtles. Therefore, in 1987, a project was initiated to allow local people the right to collect and sell a percentage of the eggs from the first three days of each arribada. This is the only place in the world where it is legal to harvest turtle eggs. This practice is designed to prevent poaching and to help the local community.
"Arribadas" occur all through the year, at least once a month and, in some months, may occur twice. The months between June and December, during the green season, see larger "arribadas". That means that the number of nesting turtles may be in the range of hundreds of thousands as opposed to tens of thousands for the dry season months.
To see the turtles nesting you must go with an accredited guide. $25 pp
Surf Shops, Surf Schools and Surf Lessons
For Nosara Surfing conditions click on: Nosara/Surf
Nosara is a fantastic place to learn how to surf for beginners, and, is also a favorite of surfers at higher levels. Our beach break is very consistent. We do not book surf schools or rentals for you. Please contact these shops direct:
Coconut Harry's Surf Shop: 2682-0574 or email@example.com
Nosara Surf Shop: 2682-0186 *also does Quad/ATV rentals
Juan Surfo's: 2682-4041/ 8813-3248 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pancho's Surf Shop: 2682-0591 email@example.com
Sweetwater Surf Lessons: 2682-4039 *located @ the Frog Pad/Nosara Net
Safari Surf School: www.safarisurfschool.com 2682-0573
Richard Schmidt's Surf Camp: www.richardschmidt.com
Corky Carroll's Surf School: 2682-0384
Miss Sky Canopy Tour
Nosara is home to the world’s longest zipline canopy tour and people are raving! Not for the faint of heart, although the views are nothing short of spectacular!
A stop at the largest waterfall in the region, with a network of river pools and endless forest trails to observe nature and listen to the chorus of howler monkeys is all exclusive to the canopy tour participants.
Would you like to learn Spanish while you are here? Just a short walk from Bella Vista Mar is the Nosara Spanish Institute. Stay with us and take classes in the morning or afternoon at the Institute. Contact Marco for more details at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Spanish Lessons
Individual spanish lessons are offered by Svea: 2682 0468
Health and Fitness
The Body Work Shop: 2682-0096
Nosara Workout Beach Gym: 2682-0096
Physical Therapy Nosara - providing yoga and pilates as well as physical therapy services: 2682-0360
Nosara Yoga Institute is world famous for its yoga teachers program. They also offer daily morning classes open to the public. Yoga House is also a great option. Ask about the current schedule.