The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information
Dry Season Route: In dry season you can take the shortcut to Nosara via Cangrejal and cross the Rio Buenavista. In Esterones, 5 km after the river crossing, a turnoff to the west leads to the valley of Monterreyna and the beach of Playa Buenavista, while continuing straight the road joins the main Nosara road after another 5 km.
Year-round Route to Nosara: In rainy season there is no way to cross the Rio Buenavista. From Samara you have to drive 6 km uphill, direction Nicoya, then turn left on the gravel road to Nosara. After 12 kms you reach Barco Quebrado where the road forks: the branch to the left takes you to Playa Buenavista, and the right one brings you to Nosara.
North of Samara lies the pristine and often deserted beach of Playa Buenavista with its river estuaries. From Samara you get there
easily by driving through the small hamlet of Cangrejal where you bear to your right. Continue for 2 km on the road through the forest and you arrive at the estuary of the Rio Buenavista. Around low tide you can cross the river to explore the northern side of the beach.
Alternatively you can drive to the northern part of Playa Buenavista on the dry-season road to Nosara (see above). From the turnoff in Esterones continue 2 km through the valley of Monterreyna until you reach the estuary of the Rio Ciego. The lagoon behind the beach and the extended wetlands are inhabited by crocodiles and a great variety of birds.
Playa Buenavista is an important nesting site for 4 different species of sea turtles. The non-profit organization ASVO offers volunteer programs to protect sea turtles on Playa Buenavista.
6 kms before reaching the beaches of Nosara you pass through the small fishermen village of Playa Garza. An offshore reef protects the crescent bay with its broad, white-sand beach. Here you can take a break under the palm trees or plunge into the calm ocean.
Playa Garza is Nosara's main location for sport fishing and boat trips. Fishing buffs can book a tour with one of the local outfitters in Playa Garza, or ask at your hotel in Nosara.
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