Sand and Waves

    Magical beaches on the Pacific

    There are five beautiful beaches in the area: Playa Ostional, Playa Nosara, Playa Pelada, Playa Guiones and Playa San Juanillo. A visit to Playa Garza is also recommended. Each of these sandy beaches has its own characteristic atmosphere and beauty. The beaches of Pelada, Guiones, Nosara and Ostional are protected and within walking distance of the hotel. About 25 minutes by car from the Hotel is one of the largest nesting sites for sea turtles in the world. The mass arrival of turtles is known as "Arribada" and takes place mainly from July to December within a few days.

    Surfers rate Playa Guiones as one of the world’s best surfing beaches.

    To the beautiful beaches of Pelada and Guiones we offer a free shuttle service from the Hotel Lagarta Lodge.

    Playa Pelada

    Immerse yourself in the world of the Ticos

    The Playa Pelada is a ten to fifteen-minute walk from Lagarta Lodge. Here, on the white sand beaches, visitors will see the colorful boats of the local fishermen, and can immerse themselves in the world of the Ticos. To the north and south, the beach is bordered by impressive cliffs. And Pelada, with its charming restaurants, is close by.

    Playa Guiones

    Surfers’ paradise

    Playa Guiones is the southernmost beach in the region and an impressive seven kilometers long. Its location and geographical features cause the waves to swell to impressive peaks, making the beach one of the world’s best surfing beaches – and one of the most popular among surfers.

    Playa Ostional

    The turtles’ beach

    Playa Ostional is one of the world’s most important nesting grounds for the olive ridley sea turtle. It is a spectacular natural show when – mainly from July to December – innumerable turtles come once a month to lay their eggs. The young hatch 45 days after the “arribada” and crawl toward the water – yet another unique sight.

    Playa San Juanillo

    Snorkel paradise


    This is a gorgeous beach with white sand and clear water. It is made up of two beaches coming together. We can organize a tour for you. Otherwise you need a 4x4 car to get to the beach .


    Playa Nosara

    A pristine beauty

    Playa Nosara is located below our eco-lodge. It originates in the delta of the Rio Nosara and the Rio Montaña, where the two rivers flow into the ocean. The main characteristic of the beach is its dark sand. The mouth of the river can only be crossed at low tide and is a popular fishing spot for the local population. Pelicans are also frequent visitors to the beach.

    Playa Garza

    Unforgettable boat trips

    The beautiful beach of Garza with an impressive nature is located 10 km south of the Boutique Hotel Lagarta Lodge. The small town is considered the sport fishing center of the Nosara region and the starting point for individually organized boat tours. With a bit of luck, turtles, dolphins and even whales can be observed.

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