Even though it’s the rainiest month of the year I’m heading to Nosara and I’m really excited. A 40-minute flight on Nature Air delivers me all fresh and ready to explore this town, where I came for the first time 4 years ago and promised to come back. This time I’m staying at the famous Harmony Hotel.
This is a special place. Just as you approach the tiny unpretentious reception desk, a yummy ginger-lemon grass drink and a fresh towel are waiting for you. No bell boys, no bla bla bla, just a nice “Good Morning and welcome to The Harmony”. A short walk to my room fills my lungs with a peaceful vibe…
The rooms are very simple. Good bedding, nice towels, good ac and fan. An outdoor terrace with an outdoor shower add some charm to the rather small rooms. Luxury here comes in a different way.
I get ready to go to the beach as quickly as I can taking advantage of a sunny late morning. It’s a 2 minute walk through a tiny path from the hotel to the beach of Guiones (Nosara does not have a beach with its own name, Guiones is one of the many beaches of Nosara, an its most famous). This is a long and treeless beach great for eternal walks and runs. Large waves are also good for surfing. There is a sense of luxury by being in a beach that has very few people around. After a nice plunge into the ocean we found some natives digging for clams and we copy them, 10 minutes later we had collected about 30 clams. We were hopping to have them cooked by the hotel’s chef, but they couldn’t do it due to health restrictions; well understood, and so the clams were happily returned to the beach.
Late lunch at the hotel restaurant was delish. We remembered that the food here was very fresh, well cooked, simple and unpretentious. It hadn’t changed. The menu is on the healthy side: they serve sushi, salads, a superb ceviche, fruit juices, among other typical costarican dishes such as Casado. A nap at our bungalow felt great during the afternoon rain.
Our second day at Harmony:
By 5am the howler monkeys wake us up. We try to ignore them and stay in bed up until 8am.
At 9am we enjoyed a great yoga class given by Heidi. Harmony has a very nice healing center, which offers a variety of treatment rooms, a yoga platform facing the trees and a juice bar.
After breakfast and and a swim at Guiones, we head for lunch at La Luna in Playa Pelada, 5 minute drive from Harmony. This is probably the best located restaurant in any beach I’ve been to in Costa Rica. Its an old renovated house whisch seats right on the beach. We waited quite long time for our meal, but the view, the ocean breeze and my cold michelada seemed to diminish the long wait. A thin crust pizza was delicious, the ceviche was also very tasty. Next time I’ll order the Mediterranean platter, it looked mouthwatering on the neighboring tables.
Coffee and desserts back at Harmony were waiting for us… My book and a nice rain were the perfect end for the day.
The town of Nosara is very quite in October, since most shops and restaurants close during the low season and reopen in mid November. Somehow it feels a bit lonely, but at the same time you have a beach town less crowded and almost for yourself. Harmony is one of those places where I just want to keep coming back. No wonder why famous people keep coming back to Nosara to recharge and relax. I encourage you to do the same. I certainly will.