Community and Lifestyle

Community and Lifestyle in Playa Guiones, Costa Rica.

The natural scenery and stunning beach provides plenty of entertainment, but those who call Playa Guiones home have established many activities too keep life interesting year after year.


Playa Guiones first became a famous expat destination as a result of the establishment of the Nosara Yoga Institute. Today plenty of yoga studios and retreat centers are scattered around town offering classes all day long. Many styles of yoga are available here from Vinayasa Flow to Slow Hatha to Yin to Ashtanga and even Aerials Yoga and Acro Yoga. Unique meditation courses including Five Rhythms are also available throughout the year. Playa Guiones has a pilates studio for those interested in a slightly different form of fitness. There is even a boxing studio for those looking to relax and release tension. The Enchanted Forest Gym has daily boxing classes, which begin with a circuit workout followed by some rounds in the ring in the jungle.


National Geographic named Nosara as one of the top 20 surf towns in the world, and Playa Guiones has some of the most versatile surfing in the entire country. Clean white water along the shore makes for perfect beginner conditions, further out lies a break for intermediate surfers, and on the outskirts advanced surfers will be challenged by the big waves. All of the breaks are surfable at any tide level which means lessons, practice, and good surf sessions can be had any time of day.

There are plenty of surf outfits in Playa Guiones for renting boards, purchasing equipment, and taking lessons. Coconut Harry’s is one of the more famous surf shops which offers professional private or group lessons and sells and rents boards. One of the best surf schools in the whole country, Safari Surf, which was named by National Geographic as the “Best Outfitter on Earth” has surf schools and retreats for surfers of all levels.

Other Outdoor Activities

There’s no shortage of outdoor activities in Playa Guiones. From Stand Up Paddleboarding and even Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga to kayaking, ziplining, nature hikes, horsebackriding, and ziplining, being active and in nature is integral to the way of life in Playa Guiones.

Activities for Kids

Most of the North American residents in Playa Guiones consist of families, and as a result there are plenty of activities specifically tailored for kids. Surf schools have camps and classes specifically for kids which include other activities to keep them occupied like soccer and volleyball. The Del Mar Academy offers a summer camp with Spanish language tutoring, art, science experiments, and lots of outdoor activities. Kids in Motion teaches kids to express themselves through acrobatics, musical theatre, ballet, dance, and yoga. The Enchanted Garden Gym provides boxing classes for kids ages seven to fifteen. Café de Paris has a mini golf course, which is a fun family activity.


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