ASK & WE ANSWER
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find answers to common questions about what to expect in preparing your visit to Nosara.
Almost every business here will accept both U.S. Dollars and Costa Rican Colones, the Costa Rican currency. The exchange rate changes regularly, but it hovers around 500 Colones to $1.00.
Banks – There are two banks in Nosara. Banco Popular, which has an ATM, is located on the main street in Guiones, next to the Surfing Nosara Real Estate Office. Note that this bank’s ATM accepts only cards with a VISA symbol, and will not work with a MasterCard. If your ATM or credit card is a MasterCard, you’ll have to use Banco Costa Rica, which is located next to the Servicentro Nosara gas station on the way into Nosara Centro.
Credit Cards – Most hotels will accept credit cards, but a few restaurants do not, or charge an additional fee for doing so. The Mini Supers in Guiones and the Super Nosara accept credit cards for grocery purchases.
Travelers Checks – Local businesses will not accept traveler’s checks. They can only be exchanged at the bank.
Yes! In most areas of Costa Rica, there is also complete water purification system at Shanta Pura and we also provide bottled water. Should you choose to purchase water, it is available in the markets and at most local bars and restaurants.
Shanta Pura is equipped with a gourmet-style kitchen, which allows owners and visitors to prepare their own meals if they choose to do so, with the convenience of the Organico Deli – Market or the Delicias del Mundo Mini Super for most grocery needs in nearby Guiones. Or you can visit the Super Nosara supermarket in town. Shanta Pura offers 5 meals a week to guests.
As for restaurants, there are many options from quick meals to fine dining. El Manglar, is just steps away from the property. Chefs from around the globe have settled in Nosara and their influence is apparent, with gourmet cuisine ranging from Italian to French to Mediterranean to local flavors; your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised and your options are many.
If you prefer to have the best of both worlds, stay in and bask in the comfort of your house while the chef prepares a gourmet meal for your culinary enjoyment. Our chef will buy all of the fresh ingredients locally and create a custom menu that you won’t soon forget. The service is not only exclusive to guests of Shanta Pura, but is also surprisingly affordable, particularly for a family or group! Please inquire during your stay for more information.
Of course, consider Shanta Pura as a 12 month destination. If you need guidance, just ask one of our staff members for some local tips. Or see the “Area Activities” section of our website.
Bring a flashlight or headlamp for night walks as there are no streetlights.
Bring sunscreen and insect repellant as these items are quite expensive here.
If you will be renting an ATV or Golf Cart, it is advised you bring ski goggles and a bandana to cover your nose and mouth as the roads tend to be quite dusty in Dry Season.
U.S. Dollars are accepted in Costa Rica. It is best to bring $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills. Many places will not accept $100s.
Most business in town accept credit cards but this is an unreliable expectation. Always ask first to avoid a problem. It is a very cash centric town so be prepared.
Exchanging US currency for Costa Rican Colones is not necessary. Suggest you bring adequate cash reserves with you.
Those visiting Nosara during the green season should pack roughly the same clothing along with a pair of long pants for cooler evenings; a lightweight and a rain-proof jacket.
Yes. You can no longer enter Costa Rica with just your birth certificate. Passports must be valid for six months AFTER your return. It’s also a good idea to make copies of your passport to carry with you, leaving the original in your house. Shanta Pura conveniently has safes available for you to store valuable items such as important documents, laptops or cell phones. You may consider printing out and bringing any other travel documents you have, or useful travel info you think you might need and keep them in the safe provided.
Yes, Costa Rica is accessible by two airports, either San Jose (Juan Santamaria International Airport, code – SJO), for which you will most likely find lower priced flights, or Liberia (Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, code – LIR). The drive to Nosara is about 4-5 hours from the San Jose Airport, or two hours from Liberia. You can find some discount airlines now offering flights from the U.S. to San Jose, including Jet Blue, Frontier Airlines and Spirit Air, which typically have the most affordable prices.
If you fly into either San Jose or Liberia, you also have the choice of taking one of the commuter flights directly to Nosara on Nature Air (www.NatureAir.com) or Sansa (www.FlySansa.com). Another option to consider, especially with small groups, is private charter flights. Both Paradise Air and Aerobelle provide service to the Nosara airport, which is only a short drive to Shanta Pura.
Many restaurant and hotel employees, as well as quite a few locals, speak excellent English, allowing the majority of tourists to get by just fine without speaking a word of Spanish. In fact, Nosara is regarded as the most English speaking resort area in Costa Rica, with most every business having someone who speaks the language. However, if you do know some Spanish, feel free to use it whenever possible and remember to be polite. Don’t assume that everyone will understand you when you speak English. It’s a good idea to carry a Spanish-English dictionary as a backup should you need to use it.
Nosara is generally known to be a very safe place to visit with the locals, or ticos, being very friendly and exhibiting the Pura Vida lifestyle to their foreign visitors. As with any place you visit (or even in the U.S.), you should practice common sense. Shanta Pura is secured by a 24-hour state-of-the art alarm system backed by a security company. The entire property is gated and fenced and personal safes are provided in the house so that guests may store any valuables and personal items and have them remain in their control during their stay.