The pretty drive from Sámara 25km northwest to the village of NOSARA runs along shady, secluded dirt and gravel roads punctuated by a few creeks. It’s passable with a regular car (low clearance) in the dry season (though you’ll still have to ford two creeks except at the very driest times of year), but you’ll need a 4WD or high clearance in the wet. The road follows a slightly inland route; you can’t see the coast except where you meet the beach at Garza, about ten minutes before Nosara. This little hamlet is a good place to stop for a refresco at the pulpería, and perhaps take a dip in the sea.

In contrast to Sámara, the vast majority of people who come to Nosara are North Americans and Europeans in search of quiet and natural surroundings. Indeed, the two main tourist attractions hereabouts are nature reserves: the bird-rich Reserva Biológica Nosara and the Refugio Nacional De Vida Silvestre Ostional, famed for its arribadas of olive ridley turtles.

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