Don't do what we did.
When we decided last-minute to go to Nosara, we were fresh off a comfy little trek around the Yucatan. "We'll just bring all the same stuff we wore in Mexico," we said. "It'll be so easy to pack." And it totally was. We dumped all our breezy white beach clothing into our suitcases, no big deal.
Only, when we arrived in Costa Rica, we quickly realized that what works in Nosara during the dry season is not at all the same as what works in the Yucatan. First of all, the Nicoya peninsula is dusty and hot as all hell. You'll feel filthy the entire time you're there. Be prepared for that. Second, there are things you simply have to wear in Nosara — and not because you're trying to make some kind of style statement, but more because you'd be a fool not to. A friend warned us we'd need to bring scarves and ski goggles to wear over our faces while riding around on the dirt roads, and she wasn't kidding. Forget floppy straw hats and quirky round-eye sunglasses: the Nosara look is more Burning Man than Coachella.
Which is better anyway. Even though Nosara is a paradise, and there are big fancy villas all over, it is not for pansies. The best way to get around is on a quad or a dirt bike, so dressing for the ride is priority number one — even if your final destination is the beach or the farmer's market. Leaving the house is all about being dressed for absolute function: You know you're going to get sweaty, and you're definitely going to get really, really, dirty. The result of all this is that there is definitely a collective "Nosara look" that emphasizes practicality and makes everyone seem really badass: It's all about bandanas, goggles, weathered t-shirts, and shoes that you don't mind letting get totally ruined.
Beach whites, meet quad life.
I didn't know any better, but let's just say I wouldn't recommend wearing all-white in Nosara unless you have unrestricted access to a washing machine, and I definitely wouldn't recommend wearing short-shorts on a quad in 95 degree heat, but that's a story for another time. I ended up wearing some variation of this uniform every day: denim cut-offs, a t-shirt or tank, a giant cotton scarf, a canvas tote, and legitimate goggles. At the end of each day my canvas bag was so dirty that if I wacked it against a tree a giant cloud of dust would appear.
Speaking of all that dust: It really can't be good for your skin, so pack a heavy-duty cleanser and set aside some cash for a serious facial at the end of your trip. Your pores will thank you.
Elsewhere in Nosara...
Jon teaches TRX and also usually has a board strapped to his bike.
Angie Young and Chris Foxx
Angie is a model from California and Chris is a surf instructor from Hawaii.
Nick owns Go Juice, and used to come to Nosara as a kid on surf trips with his dad.
Call him Chico — everyone else does. He's one of Nosara's top real estate agents.
Ale manages Eskina Skate Parq and is also a DJ with a kickass sense of color and pattern.