Rental Car


You may reserve your own rental car from either airport. We recommend online bookings with National or Toyota because these car rental agencies allow one-way rentals for you to drop off your vehicle in Nosara or return to either airport.

If this is your first time traveling to Nosara, we strongly recommend that you drive during daylight hours, especially during the green season when rain can make navigating the road more difficult. The last 40-minute stretch to Nosara from the gas station in Samara is on a partially unpaved road that can be extremely bumpy and, at times, muddy.  It is best navigated in daylight.  Within Nosara, unpaved roads and lack of street names and streetlights make it easy to get lost. To have the best possible experience, please allow plenty of time to drive during the day. (Sunset is between 5:30 and 6:00pm, and it gets dark within a half hour.)

Shared Shuttle


For all shuttle services (Retreats or Individuals), you must make advanced reservations. Please email us to make your reservation.

Service between Liberia International Airport and Nosara Retreat
Arrivals
Shuttles depart from Liberia International Airport (LIR) for Nosara Retreat between 12 p.m and 2 p.m. daily. If you are arriving at a different time than the scheduled shuttle departure times, Individual Transportation can be arranged for you or an additional Retreat Shuttle may be possible with 3 people minimum and based upon availability.
Departures
Shuttles depart from Nosara B&B Retreat at 8 a.m. daily. Plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to your scheduled departure time. If you would like to leave at another time, reservations can be made for an additional cost.

It is a scenic 2-½ hour drive from Liberia to Nosara. The cost is between $50-$60 per person each way and is based upon transportation type and your pick up time. Payment is due in cash (either US Dollars or Colones) upon arrival and prior to departure from Nosara Retreat. We will let you know the cost of your transportation when your reservation is confirmed.

Private Taxi


Service between San Jose International Airport and Nosara Retreat
Nosara B&B Retreat does not run regular shuttles from/to San Jose. You have the option to either hire your own taxi for the 5-hour trip from the San Jose airport to Nosara Retreat for approximately $240 or Nosara Retreat can make these arrangements for you.

Driving Directions


Liberia International Airport to Nosara B&B Retreat (2.5 hours)
Exit Liberia Airport, turn right on Route 21 (look for road signs saying Santa Cruz and Nicoya). It is approximately 1 hour to Nicoya .

Follow road signs for Nicoya, turn right (just before Burger King which is on the far left corner) and drive straight through the town. There will be many pedestrians and much traffic so drive slowly and cautiously. This highway is Route 150.

Drive through Nicoya, continue south on Route 150 for approx 30km where you will pass a large gas station (Gasolinera Barrantes). Turn right onto Route 160 about 500m past the station. This paved/dirt road is winding and will take you through many small villages and towns. Continue on this road for approx 20km.
At the T intersection turn right – Follow road signs for Garza, Playa Guiones, Nosara. The ocean will be on your left. Pass through Garza, and Play Guiones, following road signs for Playa Pelada.

At a junction of 5 roads (called 5 Corners or “La Cruze”) turn to the left and head up hill. Follow this road until you see the road divide into 2 separate lanes (around a tree). After the yellow cement pillar turn left and go downhill.

Follow the road signs to Nosara Retreat.

San Jose International Airport to Nosara B&B Retreat (4.5 hours)
Leave San Jose Airport heading east. Turn right onto ramp for Autopista General Canas/Route 1. Keep right at the fork and merge onto Route 1.

Follow Route 1 for approx 130km passing by/through many towns and villages including Puntarenas.

Turn left onto Route 18 for approx 50 which will take you over the “Friendship Bridge”. Coming to a T intersection, turn right onto Route 21. Follow signs to Nicoya (approx 13km away).

Turn left at Burger King onto Route 150 and drive straight through the town. There will be many pedestrians and much traffic so drive slowly and cautiously. This highway is Route 150.

Drive through Nicoya, continue south on Route 150 for approx 30km where you will pass a large gas station (Gasolinera Barrantes). Turn right onto Route 160 about 500m past the station. This paved/dirt road is winding and will take you through many small villages and towns. Continue on this road for approx 20km.

At the T intersection turn right – Follow road signs for Garza, Playa Guiones, Nosara. The ocean will be on your left. Pass through Garza, and Play Guiones, following road signs for Playa Pelada.

At a junction of 5 roads (called 5 corners or “La Cruze”) turn to the left and head up hill. Follow this road until you see the road divide into 2 separate lanes (around a tree). Just before this landmark there is a road to the left (and heading downhill).

Follow the road signs to Nosara Retreat.

Note:

Our Office closes at 5:00 daily. You need to let us know if you will be arriving later so we can be sure to have someone to greet you when you arrive. There is a $25 fee charged for arrivals after 10:00pm. If this is your first time traveling to Nosara, we strongly recommend that you drive during daylight hours, especially during the green season when rain can make navigating the road more difficult. To have the best possible experience, please allow plenty of time to drive during the day. (Sunset is between 5:30 and 6:00pm, and it gets dark within a half hour.)