Remotely located on the Pacific Coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, Nosara is a fascinating, eclectic beach community. The area has become a haven for local and international residents who sought to “get away from it all.”
Many came to surf the wild side-by-side beaches of Playa Pelada and Playa Guiones, two of Costa Rica’s top surfing beaches. An abundance of surf schools now shares that passion with visitors and new arrivals. Others came seeking a healthier lifestyle. The Nosara Yoga Institute, widely popular organic markets and healthy restaurants are evidence of Nosara’s draw for health-conscious visitors.
Art groups in Nosara are now promoting the Costa Rica beach community as a cultural center. Featuring 30 national and international artists living in Nosara, the Nosara Artisans group held their second annual Holiday Art Fair on Dec. 14 at the Gilded Iguana Hotel and Restaurant in Guiones. Sales benefitted the Nosara Animal Care, a small animal shelter that provides care for stray dogs and cats in Nosara.
The Nosara Artisans group, which was founded by resident ceramic artists Kristen Brousseau and Emma Kinsey, hold Saturday afternoon art fairs once a month. Upcoming 2014 art fairs will be held from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Gilded Iguana on Jan. 25, Feb. 22 and Mar. 29. The group’s members are artists and craftspeople who live in or near Nosara.
A new art group, called Arte Nosara, is currently being formed with the goal of establishing an artistic and cultural meeting place in Nosara. The group, being organized by Nosara resident Paul Da Costa, plans to host art and photography exhibitions, musical concerts and dances to boost local talent and attract prominent artists to the community. The first expo is planned for January 2014.
Visit Nosara, Costa Rica
One of the finest Nosara hotels is L’acqua Viva Resort & Spa, a luxury boutique hotel by Playa Guiones. Art is a central theme at L’acqua Viva Resort & Spa; all around the hotel are art masterpieces from around the world that belong to a private collection. The best way to reach Nosara and Playa Guiones is to take a domestic flight from San Jose or Liberia to the Nosara domestic airport.
Article by Shannon Farley