The Gilded Iguana

The Gilded Iguana is the original surfer spot in Nosara since 1988. Surfers, yoga lovers, and adventure travelers seeking the best in Costa Rica hotels come for direct access to the region’s most famous beach, Playa Guiones, and stay to experience the most consistent surf breaks in the world, a relaxing yoga retreat, and adventurous mountain biking. Our hotel and experiences are designed for the entire family.

The Gilded Iguana Team

In Nosara, a remote jungle enclave on the Nicoya peninsula, you won’t find high-rise condos, fast-food restaurants, or beach bars. A stay at The Gilded Iguana offers balance to the busy lives of all who come to unwind in natural surroundings. From sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year, surfers of all experience levels ride the dependable waves, spread out across expansive Playa Guiones.

The Gilded Iguana always has room for you and your surfboard. Upon check-in you receive two keys: one to your room and another to your surf locker. Designed by acclaimed architect Benjamin Saxe and San Jose-based interior design firm Sofa Ineriorismo, all rooms feature artisan craftsmanship, indoor and outdoor showers, and outdoor living space, giving you every opportunity to connect with the wildlife refuge that surrounds. Free Wi-Fi is a given.

Playa Guiones, the region’s most famous surfing beach is just 200 meters from the hotel.

The full-service surf club offers surfboard rental and professional instruction to surfers of all ages and skill levels, and the Gilded Iguana surf shop has everything you could need to complete your Costa Rica surfing trip, from long boards down to the needed essentials.

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