Nosara, Costa Rica, is located on the Pacific Coast nearly 9 degrees north of the equator. The first 250 yards of its untouched coastline is a protected reserve, safeguarding the area from skyscraper-sized hotel chains and other development.
It is one of the oldest expatriate communities in Costa Rica and was officially established in 1962 by an American investor who purchased land along the coastline of Nosara and then initiated “The Project,” a 500-lot development with commercial and residential sites. Roads, water systems and electricity were installed to support the new community.
At its heart, it is a tourist-friendly beach town. Surfers young and old tackle the waves in the morning and evening. Families and students tool around on four-wheeled quads or stroll barefoot to the beach to play in the ocean or build sandcastles. Striking sunsets complete the day.
Even more incredible are the echoing sounds of wildlife, from geckos chirping to monkeys howling to groups of new friends carousing at local dog-friendly cantinas—where strangers from different countries sit under cabanas to discuss their travels while their Boxer or Weinheimer lay sleeping at their feet.
In addition, Nosara has one of the world’s most diverse landscapes, with lush tropical flora and fauna that supports local wildlife. Nature and wildlife lovers can visit the Ostional Wildlife Reserve located north of Nosara, which includes more than 613 acres of land to explore. The refuge protects the endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Another reserve, the Nosara Biological Reserve, is home to armadillos, deer, coatis, wild cats, crocodiles and monkeys as well as various species of birds.
Wrap up the day dining at one of Nosara’s various restaurants and prepare for another day of outdoor activities from surfing to sports fishing.
For those considering extended stays or permanent residence, the area offers one of the first bi-lingual private schools, Del Mar Academy.