Solo Female Travel in Nosara

Nestled on the stunning Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, Nosara is an oasis of natural beauty and serenity. This tranquil coastal town is renowned for its consistent surf breaks and yoga retreats, making it a paradise for surfers and wellness enthusiasts alike. Embraced by the lush tropical jungle and kissed by the Pacific Ocean, Nosara is world-famous for its commitment to wildlife conservation as the home of the Nosara Biological Reserve and a 200-acre Wildlife Refuge. Visitors can relish the unspoiled beaches like Playa Guiones, one of the most biologically diverse places on earth, explore the vibrant local culture and savor the delectable Costa Rican cuisine. Without a doubt, Nosara offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation under its mesmerizing sunsets.

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Is Nosara good for solo travel?


Safety:Very safe

Nosara is generally safe for solo female travelers. As with any travel, certain precautions should be undertaken. The local inhabitants are friendly and welcoming to tourists. Petty theft like pickpocketing and theft from vehicles, though infrequent, should still be considered. It's recommended to keep valuables in safe places and avoid unlit or remote areas at night. Serious crime is rare and the community is relatively small and close-knit, which further improves safety.


Navigating through Nosara isn't too difficult, primarily because of the small scale of the city. However, some roads are unpaved and can get muddy depending upon the season, making them less accessible for navigation. Availability of public transport is average and the city can be easily explored on foot or by renting bicycles or ATVs. Local app-based transport is also available but may not always be reliable especially for the remote beaches and jungle areas.
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Things to do:Interesting

Nosara has plenty to offer for solo female travelers. This peaceful town is a hub for wellness and adventure activities. With its pristine beaches, it is a renowned spot for surfing lessons. Additionally, there are yoga retreats to help soothe your body and mind. For nature lovers, the nearby biological reserves provide an opportunity to observe wildlife. Moreover, the local community is welcoming, and crime rates are relatively low, adding an additional sense of security while traveling.

Food:Above average

The food in Nosara is quite diverse and delicious. It ranges from local Costa Rican cuisine to international fare such as Italian, Mediterranean, and even vegan and vegetarian options. Fresh seafood is abundant, and the local fruit and vegetables are incredibly fresh and flavorful. Each meal is usually balanced and healthy, offering a delightful culinary experience.


Nosara, falls in the middle of the budget range. While it's definitely not the cheapest destination, few daily expenses such as food and local transportation can be quite affordable. Lodging varies with both budget-friendly and premium options available. However, activities and tours can boost the cost.

Is Nosara worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 3 experiences

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United States

Group travel experience

Nosara is a beautiful place with incredibly kind people. Positives: felt extremely safe, city is walkable, beaches are clean, people are kind. Negatives: food/drink is so expensive and not very good. Often restaurants were actually more expensive than what I pay here in the Upper East Side in Manhattan.

Posted: March 25, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Wendy (38)

United States

Group travel experience

This was my second time to Nosara with a group of friends (men and women, including LGBTQ+). Overall, I’ve always felt quite safe when on my own during the day. At night I would recommend being with at least one other person, especially on the jungle trails or beach. Sunsets are huge here, and a very communal experience. Make sure to get to the beach for them! Lots of opportunities to learn to surf here, including some women’s only lessons and camps. You can find some cheaper food options, but don’t expect Costa Rica to be cheap. Definitely check out Naked Foods (cash only), Al Chile, Olga’s, Pura Pizza, and Coyol (for sunset dinner).

Posted: January 14, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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United States

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Such a great place to visit!! Lots of airbnb’s and other tourists so felt very safe and welcoming. To balance there was also a lot of locals that made it feel super authentic and exotic! The beach was the best i’d ever been to. I never once felt unsafe and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect!!

Posted: December 13, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Hello, I’m Vivianne, a Canadian-born traveler of Vietnamese descent. I’ve been living in the beautiful Costa Rica for the past three years. With a passion for languages, I speak English, Vietnamese, French, and Spanish. I love traveling and meeting new people. I’m here for the day trips, food tours, hidden gems, and finding out the locals’ favorite spots. Can’t wait to meet like minded women to explore and uncover the unique wonders of the world together!

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