I spent the month of January 2014 in Nosara, Costa Rica and had a fantastic time. Just like I rarely read the same book twice (there are just too many books to read, to waste time repeating) I rarely visit the same place twice. Nosara will be my first exception to this rule.
I stayed at the Nosara Yoga Institute (NYI) and completed their 200 hr YTT program. The grounds are beautiful and the program enlightening.
The town of Nosara is very small, just one main dirt road with a few dirt road off-shoots. Luckily for my eyes and lungs, the dirt bikes and trucks really kick up the dust on the roads, there are walking paths through the jungle to town and to the beach. Businesses are marked by hand-made wooden postings at cross-roads. I loved that I could walk everywhere, even to a couple of the neighboring towns either through the jungle paths or along the expansive beach.
Nosara is a sleepy hamlet with most shops closing by 6:00 pm and restaurants stay open until 9 or 10 pm. There are a few bars with music that stay open later but I would not call Nosara a party hot-spot. There are several gift and clothing shops, surf shops, activity rentals, and restaurants within walking distance of NYI and the beach.
There are loads of opportunities to practice yoga and deepen your yoga practice either on your own or guided by one of the many yoga instructors or schools in the area.
Health food restaurants, juice bars, alternative healing are around every bend in the jungle path.
If you have ever wanted to try surfing, Nosara is the best place to try. The beaches are wide and shallow, making it easier for all newbie surfers to have success. I got up on my second try with the help of a surf instructor. It was exhilirating and took my inner yoga practice to a whole other level. The need to be completely present and in touch with the rythmns of the ocean enhanced the yoga teachings of NYI and left me feeling like I had meditated for hours.
Nosara is the perfect get away for the health minded person and/or yogi.