Nosara, Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
At a Glance
World class surf around Guiones - all abilities catered for
Yoga, meditation and surfing classes are all offered
Fresh organic food is grown in Harmony's very own garden
Committed to sustainable tourism in Costa Rica. Its charm is the eco-chic simplicity and friendly atmosphere.
Set a short distance back from the sandy beach, just outside town
Enjoy surfing with complimentary surf boards and beach front yoga
Vegan, vegetarian and other healthy lifestyle foods are provided
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With a warm climate most of the year, the Nicoya Peninsula is known for its great weather. However, during the rainy season from April to November most of the roads can get quite impassable due to rivers washing them out. Mid November trade winds from the north-east arrive, marking the end of the rainy season. The following months these offshore winds, called Papagayo, relieve the heat and provide perfect surf conditions. Sunshine is guaranteed during the high-season months of January - April. During this long and pronounced dry season many trees and shrub drop their leaves which makes it easier to spot animals.
In May a mellow rainy season follows which the tourism industry has dubbed the Green Season.
It's the time of the year preferred by eco-tourists as nature is verdant green, sunsets multi-hued, and many hotels offer low season rates.
A low-key beach, yoga and surf resort near Nosara, Harmony Hotel is located one of the most pristine beach spots in Costa Rica and great for surfing. Harmony Hotel is also a superb base for bird watching, hiking and kayaking in the Nosara Nature Reserve.
Nestled near the sleepy town of Nosara on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, Harmony Hotel carefully combines sustainable living with all the creature comforts of a home. The owners have given a lot of thought to protecting the environment and actively supports the local community.
Just off Guiones Beach, Harmony Hotel’s 10 rooms and 14 bungalows have been designed with simplicity in mind, mirroring the beautiful surrounding landscape. There is a lovely pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens and a laid back restaurant serving cuisine inspired by local flavours in a wonderfully rustic setting.
A stone's throw from the hotel is some of the best surf in Costa Rica and the hotel can assist with organising surf rental and lessons. Other activities on offer at the hotel and in the surrounding area include yoga, nature hikes, bird watching, kayaking and horse riding on the beach and through the Nosara Nature Reserve, home to a huge variety of flora and fauna.
Based on the era of low key glamour and escape, each room is decorated in a simple and contemporary style. The Cocos rooms are located around the swimming pool area and each have their own private terrace. The Bungalows are dotted around the gardens with more spacious living room and terrace area.
The ten Cocos rooms of 23 sq m surround the swimming pool and are nearest to the restaurant and front desk. Each comes with a large private patio with outdoor shower, hammock and seating area, A/C and ceiling fans, refrigerator and mini bar, coffee maker and complimentary local coffee and Wi Fi access.
The 14 bungalows are located around the gardens, thirteen are 55 sq m in size, and also a two-bedroom suite of around 110 sq m. Each bungalow has a large private deck with outdoor shower, hammock, seating area, a/c, fan, coffee maker and Wi-Fi access.
Children are welcomed at the Harmony Hotel. There are no formal children's facilities although babysitting can be arranged on request. There are plenty of ideal accommodation options for families, with one double bungalow with adjoining rooms and a two-bedroom suite with two king size beds and additional sofa beds. Children (recommended 7 years and upwards) can join in many of the activities on offer although when swimming it is important to check which are the safest beaches.
Harmony Hotel has a lovely chlorine-free pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens, a rustic-style restaurant specializing in local and Asian cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood and tropical fruits and spices, a natural juice bar serving delicious juices and healthy snacks and a palapa bar with great cocktails. There is also a small store/bookshop.
There are a whole host of activities which guests at Harmony Hotel can choose from. The hotel's healing centre offers massage services, yoga and meditation classes. There are many beaches in the area and the hotel can assist with arranging surf and boogie board rental and classes. The nearby Nosara Nature Reserve is home to a huge variety of wildlife and is great for river kayaking, guided nature hikes, bird watching and horse riding.
Jenny Weidemann (Staff)
Surf is up! The beach is gorgeous and great for long strolls or an early morning run. This is the perfect place to be if you enjoy a good surf session, a yoga class or a rejuvenating smoothie. This place is pretty low key, and rooms are more basic as the focus here is on wellbeing and connecting with natures surroundings. I loved the outdoor shower at my little terrace and the small quiver of complimentary firewire surfboards had exactly what I was looking for. Fun waves for beginners and world class surf for the more experienced surfers. Food is healthy and organic, and I loved the complimentary yoga class followed by the most delicious quinoa biscuit for breakfast.
It’s all about catching the perfect wave at this surf-centric hideaway devoted to 'low key glamour and total escape.' Air and water hover around 80 degrees year round, locals include ospreys, armadillos and howler monkeys which double as island alarm clocks. For the novice, nearby surf schools – like Corky Carroll’s – abound.
ATV Surf Trip to the North
Enjoy and exciting ATV excursion beginning in Tamarindo. From here, travel north along the coast until reaching beautiful Playa Grande. Take a refreshing dip in the ocean upon arrival before tackling some serious waves on your surfboard!
Catamaran Sail with Snorkelling
Silently glide in a catamaran along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast past exotic bays, golden beaches and tropical jungles, spotting dolphins, sea turtles and whales before dropping anchor in a quiet bay to go snorkelling or kayaking in the pristine warm waters.
Ostional Sea Turtle Excursion
If visiting between September and November, make sure to visit Ostional Beach where tens of thousands of sea turtles return each year to lay their eggs.
Visit the SIBU Sanctuary and Wildlife Refuge
Take a visit to Costa Rica's wonderful SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Refuge for injured and orphaned animals. Here you will find rehabilitated howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, coatis, racoons, opossums and porcupines, along with other small mammals.
Location & directions
Nosara, Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
The Harmony Hotel is located in the small town of Nosara, on the Nicoya Peninsular in the north west of Costa Rica.
How to get there
12-hour international flight to San Jose Juan Santamaria International, followed by a 40-minute domestic flight to Nosara Airstrip.
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