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Don’t forget your passport. It must not be due to expire sooner than 6 months from entry date into Costa Rica. Make copies of your passport to carry with you. Print out and bring any other travel documents you have, or useful travel info you think you might need.

Check In & Check Out Time

General Check In time is 2:00 p.m.
General Check Out time is 11:00 a.m.

Please let us know what time you are arriving so that we can plan accordingly. Special arrangements need to be made if you plan to arrive after 4 p.m., so please be sure to inform us beforehand.

Office & Concierge Business Hours

The Business Office and Concierge are open and available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed Sunday. However, staff members are present and available on Sunday to help you with whatever needs you may have.

Breakfast Hours

The complimentary Continental Breakfast is available 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Main House, outside dining area.

Non-Smoking Facility

We are a non-smoking facility and kindly ask that if you need to smoke, to please do so off the property – which is just a short walk away. Thank you.

Safety Box

The Main House has a Safety Box for all guests to use. Please stop by the office during business hours to either give or retrieve the items you would like to store in the Safety Box. Guests Rooms do not come with Safety Boxes.

Phones & Television

There are no phones or televisions at Nosara Retreat Center, so please plan accordingly. We do have Wifi throughout most of the property so if you bring your computer, you can have entertainment and use Skype for your phone call needs.

Doctor and Pharmacy

There is always a doctor available during business hours at the Paradise Medical Clinic in the town of Nosara, and an emergency number to call if necessary. There are well stocked pharmacies located both in Guiones and in Nosara.


Almost every business here will accept both US Dollars and Costa Rican Colones. The Costa Rican currency is called the Colone. The exchange rate changes regularly, but many businesses offer an exchange of 500 Colones per Dollar to make the conversion more convenient.

Banking and ATM

We have two local banks that accept VISA and Mastercard. Please make sure you contact your credit card company ahead of time to let them know you are traveling to Costa Rica if you plan on using the card. Otherwise, when they see a foreign transaction they do not recognize they will place a hold on your card.

Credit Cards

Nosara Retreat does not accept credit cards. Some hotels with restaurants in town do, but many restaurants do not. Those that do often charge and additional fee, or will tell you that they have to add 15% sales tax to the bill. Plan on paying for meals with cash.

Travelers Checks

Local businesses will not accept travelers checks. They can only be exchanged at the bank.

Restaurant Bills

Legally, when you get your bill in Costa Rica it is supposed to include both 10% service (tips) and 13% tax. Some restaurants include these costs in the price of the meal, but most add it on when they total your bill. If you aren’t sure, expect that your bill will be 23% more than the prices you see on the menu.


You are not expected to leave a tip beyond the included 10% service charge, but most people leave extra change or small bills (as much as another 10%) if their service was good . A few local restaurants will tell you that tip is not included in the bill, hoping that tourists will leave more than the usual 10%. Use your best judgment in these situations and leave what you feel is appropriate.

Suggestions about What to Bring
  • Shorts
  • Closed toed shoes that can get wet
  • Long pants for horseback riding
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Loose, light weight long sleeve shirt
  • Beach attire
  • Yoga wear
  • Sarongs
  • Loose long dress or light long pants
  • Bathing suits
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Walking shoes or strap sandals
  • Thin white socks
  • Beach towel
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe Vera (after-sun lotion)
  • Insect repellant
  • Itch cream (hydrocortisone cream)
  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack

All beach and travel wear is casual.

About Nosara

Located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, on the Nicoya Peninsula in the Province of Guanacaste: a lush tropical rain forest, mountains, waterfalls, and rivers surround Nosara.

Its beaches have been designated a wildlife refuge and are protected from development or deforestation by Costa Rican law. Playas Guiones, Pelada, Nosara and Ostional form a chain of almost 12 miles of gorgeous unspoiled beaches providing us with abundant opportunity for exploration and adventure or tranquility and relaxation.

Nosara beaches are great for swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, or just learning to surf. There are always waves to play in. In addition, there are fantastic tidal pools that are great for swimming and snorkeling at low tide. The beach is part of the Ostional Wildlife Reserve that protects its natural beauty. Hotels, restaurants and private residences cannot be built directly on the beach. You will be able to walk for miles on the protected beach.


Nosara is generally a very safe place to visit. There is little violent crime, and local Ticos are most often friendly to tourists. That said, use your head and avoid dangerous situations. Like anywhere, Nosara has a few unsavory characters and trouble can be found if you are looking for it. Theft – Theft is a problem throughout Costa Rica. As a general rule, never leave anything of value inside your vehicle or unattended on the beach. Keep passports, credit cards and extra money locked up inside your hotel room or in the main house safe. If you follow these simple rules, you should never have a problem.


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