About Nosara

History

The Nicoya Peninsula otherwise known as Guanacaste, is rich with history; from the archeological digs of the ancient Chorotega Indian culture to the remnants of the Spanish Conquest. Historians suggest that the original Chorotega Indians populated the Nicoya Peninsula for thousands of years. At one point, their population reached around 20,000 in number in two major sites not far from Nicoya. They traded up and down the land connections between North America and South America. Many artifacts (gold, jade, pottery, stone carvings, etc.) from this amazing civilization can still be seen in the local museums and sites. 

The earliest record of exploration along the Pacific coast is that of Hernán Ponce de León and Juan de Castañeda who set sail from Panama in 1519 and reached as far north as the Gulf of Nicoya. Subsequent expeditions soon brought the native population of this region under Spanish control. In addition to confiscating any gold they could find, the Spaniards also began a slave trade to other parts of the Americas, principally Panama and Peru, with the indigenous people of the Nicoya Peninsula. The extent to which this trade was practiced greatly reduced the local population. The arrival of the Spaniards in search of gold changed this culture forever.

Thought to be among the oldest towns in Costa Rica is the capital of the Guanacaste Peninsula: Nicoya. Its main attraction is its 500 year old church Iglesia de San Blas, which sits in the center of town in the Parque Central. This church dates back to the 1600’s and is home to a number of colonial religious relics and artifacts. The Banco National de Costa Rica in Nicoya also boasts a fine collection of carved wooden religious figures dating back to the Spanish arrival.  The Nosara region is dotted with historical sites as well. One of the huge trees in the area remains a reference point for location information. Local inhabitants will tell you where they live in relationship to the location of the big tree or they will arrange to meet at the big tree at a certain time.

In 1821, Central America (Costa Rica included) declared independence from Spain.  Thereafter the Central American republics were established.

Calendar Weather

Weather

SEASONS
Nosara Costa Rica weather offers great tropical vacation conditions year round. Our dry season lasts from November through May. Considered the "High Season," there is hardly a cloud in the sky and the beaches are warm and dreamy. There is a surreal quietude to the beach during this time, an air of magical, crisp silence in the waves,  that is thought to be found only in fairytales. There can be as little as a drop of rain in January, February, or March. In the height of the dry season, you will see a lot of wildlife at the edges of habitat searching for water. November/December average one to two inches of rain each month and the first rains typically fall in April.

TEMPERATURE
Average daily temperatures are in the mid-80's sometimes reaching into the mid-90's during the heart of the dry season. Take a tip from the animals and chill by the watering hole in the middle of the day, in this case, our pool. Even if you are not a guest at KayaSol, restaurant patrons are also welcome. We have our own beautiful Pochote and Guanacaste trees towering over 80 feet above the hotel, providing shade for us and the howler monkeys that often hang out in them.  Over on the north side of Playa Guiones, there is relatively little development, so the jungle does a good job of keeping us cool. This applies to Nosara's most popular beach, Guiones, steps away from KayaSol, as well as nearby Pelada reefs, Nosara river mouth, Ostional, Marbella and a host of local secret spots. Nights are glorious with clear skies and cooler tempuratures in the low 70's. Minimal light pollution on the beach makes for epic star gazing. 

WIND
From Late December to April, offshore winds (aka Guanacaste's) typically pick up around 6 am and blow between 5 - 20 mph until almost noon, sometimes even ball day into the evening session.  

Wind forecast for January - March: EPIC SURF!!! November/December and April/May, bracketing the heart of the dry season, average temperatures are a little cooler, but still range from the high 80s into the low 90s. There are brief periods of rain that cool us down and night rains are common. It is a beautiful time to vacation due to the weather and minimal crowds.

In our Green Season from June to October, there are periods of blue skies and mixed clouds punctuated by brief intense rain storms or rare days of long light rains. Costa Ricans call the dry season "verano" or summer, and the green season "invierno" or winter because it’s a little cooler. 

From June to October day time temperatures are on average 5 degrees cooler than the dry season, rarely reaching the 90s with evening temperatures typically in the mid 70's. During the green season, well ok, we know it, you know, the rainy season, or let's call it the "private surf session" season, the jungle is painted a lush emerald green and it is common to find yourself alone on the beach or the lineup. Rainfall averages over 6 inches per month and in September and October that averages doubles! The heart of the rainy season is typically from September 15th - October 15th and can sometimes rain for up to 15 days straight! 

KayaSol closes each rainy season for the 2 months of September and October, re-opening November 1st.

AboutNosara

Nosara is the name of the actual town closest to our beach, Playa Guiones. It is 5 KM inland of the beach. Nosara is a fairly typical small mountain town in Guancaste except that it has a small airport serving daily flights to San Jose. For the 3,000 plus residents that call Nosara home, there is a super market, several churches, restauraunts (a couple of which show the tourist influence and cater to a more international palette), a full service hardware store and lumber yard as well as a newly opened full service gas station. Nosara is also the home of "Tropi" - The Tropicana Nightclub and of course, a bull ring.

Playa Guiones is a jungle community spread out between the beach and the base of the mountain, with private homes and a couple restaurants peeking out of the jungle on the mountain. Unless you are on the main drag from Cafe Paris to the south beach entrance, when you are walking around Guiones you will feel more like you are in a jungle than a town. Year round population is only a few hundred and the area has several square miles of jungle. Most homes and many businesses preserve the larger trees on their property, and KayaSol  has native ground cover planted through the hotel between all the buildings. 

There is no development on the beach; the entire coastline is conservation reserve. The reserve includes the first 200 meters from the hightide all along the coast from Guiones north to the Ostional Turtle Refuge. Most Nosara hotels are in Playa Guiones since vistors want to be close to this famous surf beach. Nosara Hotel Kayasol is less than 50 yards from the beach refuge entrance. 

The south end of Guiones includes the main street stretching about a mile from Cafe De Paris and Coconut Harry's Surf Shop on the highway to the south beach entrance. Along this road there are more hotels, surf shops, a convenience store aka mini-super, real estate offices, a couple of boutiques, gift shops, a massage studio and yoga studio. Despite its small population, Guiones does have a bank and an ATM that accepts Visa only. 

The North end of Guiones is a little quieter. There are widely spaced private residences visible through the tropical dry forest jungle, but you get a real feeling of being in the jungle all over this area, whether on a refuge path, walking down the empty road, or navigating the maze like greenery of KayaSol. Our location is the best of both worlds as we are still walking distance to the main beach road. 

There is a mini-super (Delicias del Mundo) with a surprisingly international selection including charcuetrie made by the expatriate Italians in Costa Rica, a DVD/book rental store, a surf shop and a few restaurants. Only three Nosara hotels are located on this less developed side of town, The Guilded Iguana, Casa Romantica, and our favorite, KayaSol Surf Hotel.

PLAYA PELADA
Pelada is more of a residential community than Guiones and is sheltered from the swell, so it does not get much surf. On a very big swell, the reefs in Pelada produce excellent waves for experts. There are a couple of local restaurants in Pelada and one hotel. La Luna on the beach offers elegant upscale dining and Olga's Soda Tica (typical Costa Rican restaurants are called "Sodas") offers simple food at a great price in a beautiful, local setting. Pelada is a short 5 minute walk north along the beach and over the point (accessible only at low-mid tide) and makes for a picturesque getaway for an afternoon of sunbathing and exploration.

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