A paradise for surfers and a great place to experience Costa Rica's 'Pura Vida'.


There are several places to experience in Costa Rica from cities to national parks, volcano climbing, fauna and flora.

I only went to the north west coast, in the Guanaste Province and enjoyed beach life. 

One of the highlights of my stay was the Harmony Hotel. Everything there makes you feel relaxed and its name then totally makes sense. The design as the staff are discreet and refined. The rooms are spacious with outdoor shower. The food is delightful and healthy – ingredients come from their own farm and a juice bar offers fresh smoothies and organic food. The hotel provides yoga classes and massages.

Beach life

Playa Guiones, just in front of the hotel, is 7km long, gorgeous and unspoiled. You can walk, cycle (at low tide), run, do horseback riding and of course surf! There is a school a few meters away from the hotel. The teachers are super nice and the waves small enough for beginners.

It is THE daily activity there.

There is a real beach community and my favourite moment of the day was sunset when the deepest pink skies just wrap you up and the locals come with cool beers and watch the last surfers of the day. 

You could easily never come out of the hotel as it provides everything you need but I find it nice to see what’s around.

Right across the street from the hotel is Tica Massage. Cheap and very enjoyable. Next to it is Beach Dog Cafe, ideal for a casual dinner (the tacos are very good), cocktails and music.

For beers and live bands and some social life, go to the Guilded Iguana. Ask the hotel staff for directions.

Further north

If you feel adventurous and have the time, you may rent a car and drive up to the beautiful Playa Avellanas where you can relax and have lunch at Lola’s (only open until 4pm and closed on Mondays).

Further north is Las Brisas, a local Tico surfer shack with a loud jukebox.

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