On the Nicoya Peninsula, on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, is the community of Nosara. Known for its consistent waves, yoga studios, and somewhat remote location, this collection of beaches (Guiones, Pelada, Nosara, and Ostional) has virtually no shoreline development thanks to a large wildlife refuge designed to protect nesting sea turtles.
As a result there are no large resorts or condo or hotel towers looming over the sand. And most expats live in homes in the forest just inland from the water. Nosara is popular with retirees, young couples, and families…just about anyone seeking a laid-back life on the beach.
There are plenty of restaurants, from Italian to American pub food, and plenty of services and amenities, including banks, grocery stores, and doctor’s offices.
Editor’s Note: In this video, International Living Costa Rica Editor Jason Holland takes a closer look at this up-and-coming expat hotspot.
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