L’acqua Viva Resort & Spa is located at Guiones Beach, Nosara, on the Nicoya Peninsula in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica; the exact address is 100 meters south of the intersection to Playa Pelada. According to the community’s clear policy of conservation, you will not find any construction directly on the beach at Guiones; there is a buffer zone of 250 linear meters. For this reason, our hotel is located 1.2 kilometers from the beach, using the nearest access road.
If you are coming from abroad, you can enter Costa Rica at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, or the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.
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To get to L'acqua Viva from San José, you can take a 45-minute flight from San José’s Juan Santamaria International Airport to Nosara, where the local airfield is located. From there, you can transfer to the hotel by taxi, which is about 5 minutes.
Nature Air offers a daily flight from San José to Nosara every morning during the off-season, and two daily flights during high season: one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
To get to the hotel from Liberia, it is only possible by ground transfer.
From San José: Take the General Cañas Highway, at the airport exit, east until you reach 42nd Street in San José. Follow the signs to take Highway 27 west to Caldera and Puntarenas. Follow the signs to Liberia, heading north, until you reach the intersection for the Friendship Bridge (“Puente de la Amistad”). Turn left here toward the bridge. This route will take you to the city of Nicoya. At the entrance to Nicoya, turn left to cross the colonial town.
Follow the main route and signs leading you west toward Samara. Just past the gas station of Samara, turn right. There are signs directing you here toward Nosara.
On this route, you will enjoy small typical towns in the Guanacaste countryside, where you can appreciate the natural beauty of many Guanacaste trees (the national tree) and tropical birds. Don’t be surprised if you have to stop in the middle of the road while cowboys herd their cattle – creating another moment to enjoy a classic postcard scene on a sunny day.
This last stretch of the journey will take you about 45 minutes to get to Nosara. You can find the hotel 100 meters south (before) the junction toward Playa Pelada.
From Liberia: Take the road to Nicoya, just outside the Liberia Airport, turning right. Follow the signs until you reach the entrance to Nicoya, where you turn right and cross the colonial city. From then on, follow the same directions for those who come from San José, because the final route is the same.
The country has a wide variety of car rental options. We recommend using services like Toyota Rent-a-Car, Alamo Rent-a-Car, National Car Rental, or Economy Car Rental, because they have local agencies in Guiones, which can be very convenient in case of a breakdown, accident, or simply you prefer to turn in your rental car and return to San José by air.
You can find all of these companies at both the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José and the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia.
We can arrange, at your request, very comfortable and appropriate private transportation either from San José or Liberia to our hotel.
Some of the rental car companies also offer private transportation with a driver as a rental option.
Transfer by bus:
The Alfaro bus company offers a direct service between San José and Nosara at 5:30 a.m., departing from the Alfaro bus terminal, at Avenue 5 and 14th Street in San José. The trip takes about six hours; please take into account that the buses do not have air-conditioning.