About Playa Guiones

At Nosara's main beach of Guiones, the waves are easy and safe. Even at double-overhead, there really aren't any beatdowns to worry about: the thickest lips just give you a short spin-cycle, stuff some of that famous Guanacaste black sand into your crevices, and pop you out the back. Like many of the black-sand Costa Rican beachbreaks, Nosara can look a bit intimidating when it's overcast, bigger, and way outside -- but paddling out, you realize how easy it is to duck-dive these waves. Once on the wave, you'll realize that this place is like a skate park; enough speed and juice at good size to get you going, with minimal consequences.

When it's smaller, the place erupts into a happy chaotic mess of various characters that such an easy wave attracts. Enjoy gentle takeoffs, long walls with the occasional critical lip, plenty of roundhouses and closeout rebounds. Anyone and everyone could surf this wave, and thankfully it is a big beach to spread everyone out. If you're looking for something a bit more challenging -- for an intermediate or good surfer, a few days of Guiones will get monotonous -- head north. There are a few beachbreaks lurking down dirt roads north of town that are much more hollow. Nothing death-defying, but Playa Hermosa-style barrels can be had.

Source: Playa Guiones Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Lost in the multitudes. But the locals will get their waves on the best peaks.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Plenty of people, but it's a big beach. Little walking/paddling will get you some space.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect


Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting


Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Stray boards, sunstroke.


Walk down from one of the many access path in town.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard



Best Season

Year-round, but biggest May-August.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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