Slow M'ocean, Nosara, Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Nosara, Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
General and in-room facilities and services available at Slow M'ocean
outdoor swimming pool
rooms for non-smokers
garage places on site
kitchenette in room
Some excerpts from the website of Slow M'ocean that might be useful
When you fly into Costa Rica, you arrive either in San Jose (actually Alajuela) or Liberia. (If you arrive in Alajuela, you might want to change some dollars into local currency, colons, inside the airport. The wait is shorter than in most Costa Rican banks.You can go to the money changing desk after you go through immigration.). Getting to Nosara from either airport will be a memorable, and probably a little adventurous, part of your trip. This page is designed to help avoid any anxiety you might otherwise have about that part of the journey. From San Jose/Alajuela, you can either drive to Nosara in a rental car, or you can fly in a small plane to the Nosara air strip. Sansa, Nature Air, and charter flights all make the trip. From Liberia, you can drive by rental car. The drive from Alajuela is at least five hours. From Liberia, a little more than two, at least. If you take a small plane to Nosara, you can arrange to have a rental car waiting for you. The easiest way to handle all arrangements with rental cars and small airplanes is through a Nosara travel agency called Nosara Travel, www.nosaratravel.com. I strongly advise against driving at night in Costa Rica. Directional signs are sometimes poor, or simply not there when you really need them, like at a fork in the road. There are some huge potholes. And at night there can be pedestrians, some very young and very old, walking casually, or cycling, on the road. You will encounter a variety of creatures: cows, horses, dogs, chickens, pigs. Interesting things in the light, daunting in the dark. A couple of driving notes: Before reaching the town of Nicoya and between Nicoya and Nosara, there are a number of one-way bridges. On one side of each bridge, there is usually a sign saying, Ceda el paso which means to yield to any vehicle that might be approaching the bridge from the other direction. Whether you have the right of way on these bridges or not, be careful and slow. The word ceda means yield, an important word to be able to translate. No hay paso is a sign telling you that you are about to go the wrong way on a one-way street. A pile of trash, a branch, or some other object in the road can be a Costa Rican way of telling you to slow down and be cautious about some potential peril ahead. Back to driving at night: If you fly into Alajuela (San Jose) and arrive mid-day or later, you will be hard pressed to get your luggage, do the paperwork for a rental car and drive all the way to Nosara before dark. It will be close at best. So, consider arranging ahead of time to spend your first night somewhere along the way. The airport in Alajuela is on the Nosara side of San Jose, so unless you have a need to experience the big city congestion of San Jose, I recommend avoiding it. From the Liberia airport, the drive to Nosara is fairly straightforward, so if that's your plan you can skip the next two paragraphs and go to the part which details the dirt road part of the trip to Nosara. From San Jose/Alajuela you will take Highway 1 towards Nicaragua, Puntarenas, San Ramon. Before setting out, set your trip meter to 0. Following are some distances to some specific points, from the rental car pickup spot behind the Airport Hampton Inn. (If you pick up your car in the airport parking garage, the actual distances will be a kilometer (k) or two less.). At about 20 k, you will cross the Rio Colorado. At 23 k, there is a gas station on the left. At 34 k, and again at 40 k, you cross the Rio Grande. You will see signs to Puntarenas. At about 80 k from the airport, the road to Puntarenas forks left. Don't go there. Bear right on Highway 1. Reset your trip meter. From this point it is about another 50 k to a big gas station on the left, Shell as of this writing, where you turn left on to one of the best roads in the country, a concrete road that takes you to L'Amistad Puente (bridge) across the Gulf of Nicoya. No toll as of this writing but there may be one by the time you get there. After the bridge follow signs to Samara and/or Nicoya. Go straight through Nicoya, following signs to Samara (but only up to a point) or Nosara. About 30 minutes after Nicoya, there will be a large petrol station on your left, an important landmark. It's called La Bomba (the pump). It's a good place to fill up with gas and to get your windshield cleaned. About 100 meters past the station, take the dirt road to the right, to Nosara. The paved road, which you leave at this point, goes to Samara. Reset your trip meter. If you find yourself thinking the road is too primitive to be the right road going to a resort area, that is a good sign that you are on the right road. It's about 22.5 k of dirt road to Nosara. After about 9 k, the route to Nosara turns right. A left at this point would take you to Samara. Approaching Nosara, you will pass through a fishing village at Playa Garza, then after a few k's you will pass the Nosara Yoga Institute, then after another k or 2, you will see on your right the Nosara Development Company, Coconut Harry's Surf Shop and Marlin Bill's Restaurant. On your left will be Cafe de Paris. Welcome to the American Project section of Nosara. One travel writer described the roads here as an intestinal labyrinth. Don't worry. It's hard to get seriously lost, or to stay lost for very long. To get to Slow M'ocean, continue on the main road from the landmarks I just mentioned for a kilometer or two. At the top of a small rise, there will be a very, very sharp turn back to the right, about 150 degree turn. There are a number of signs. Stay on the winding road up the mountain until you come to a T-intersection. Turn right, and then take the second right, and Slow M'ocean is at the end of the street on your left. (The first right which you don't take, goes to La Ventana, a bed and breakfast, which has hosted, by the way, Danny Divito, his family, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins). If you get lost somewhere in the intestinal labyrinth, ask someone how to get to Slow M'ocean, Greg Smith's house, or to my next door neighbor's house, Case De Las Huacas ( pronounced WHA kaas). It's the home of a well known local couple, Boli Bolivar Bermudas and Kim Godson. Slow M'ocean is just past Boli's driveway. The phone number at Slow M'ocean is 682.0616. Neighbors nearby, Jim and Linda Wall at Villa La Ventana, can be reached at 682.0316.
Bed. Breakfast. Pool. Pacific sunsets. Palms. Parrots. Monkeys. That's what we have may be even better. No nerve-wracking traffic. No neon. No television or air conditioners (you don't really need either one here.). An interesting part is the 15-mile stretch of dirt road you have to cover to get here. Once you get over that (pun intended) you can enjoy paradise. Our mission in designing, building and operating Slow M'ocean is to offer great vacations in clean accommodations, set amid spectacular natural beauty, blending the hospitalities of Costa Rica and my native South Carolina. I'm Greg Smith, the owner of Slow M'ocean. In my former working life in the United States I was first, for eight years, a journalist, working mostly as a weekly newspaper editor in South Carolina. Then, for more than 25 years I worked in the hospitality industry in Pawleys Island, SC, renting beach homes and condos to tourists. Slow M'ocean is now home for me and for Susan Loudenslager, who spent the biggest part of her working life as a REALTOR in Brentwood, Tennessee. Slow M'ocean is perched on a hillside, five hundred feet above the breakers of Playa Guiones (Guiones Beach). Besides our small personal residence, we have two bedrooms for guests, in a separate building, each with its own private bath, and each with a balcony, complete with rocking chairs, overlooking the Pacific. Slow M'ocean is for those visitors who want the best view they can find in Nosara. One bedroom has a queen bed and a single bed. The other has two queens. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan. A caveat: it is not a short walk (but only a five minute drive) to the beach from Slow M'ocean. Susan and I make the hour and a half, round-trip walk regularly, for exercise, but it's rigorous, especially coming back uphill. Your first big lodging decision in Nosara is whether to be close to the beach with not-so-great views, or to have a spectacular view and be not-so-close to the beach. Slow M'ocean is for those who choose the latter. firstname.lastname@example.org for details about renting. Or you can call me in Nosara from the U.S. at 011.506.682.0616. In the states, you can get in touch by calling 615.371.8106. There is a lot of nature-based stuff to do here. You can see lots of great pictures by checking out various sites on my Great Links page. The surfing, salt water fishing, turtle-watching and bird-watching are world class. There's also horseback riding, kayaking, several levels of hiking, snorkeling and exploring the secluded beaches. The Nosara Tennis Association has three hard courts for early morning and late afternoon matches and new players are highly sought after. Slow M'ocean guests can play for a small fee. E-mail me if you want to plan tennis. Dining out is great, with more than a dozen open air restaurants, and two bakeries. There is yoga at the widely known Nosara Yoga Institute. There are several massage therapists in the area, and Slow M'ocean has its own massage table so you can have a massage in your own room or on your own balcony. Highly underrated by most visitors, in our view, is the Nosara slow m'ocean lifestyle, simply sitting in a rocker with a good book, pondering, reflecting, and enjoying the great view, watching and listening to assorted creatures, taking an occasional dip in the pool, and a nap every once in a while. To paraphrase a line from Cider House Rules: To be able to see a long distance occasionally is beneficially expansive for the soul. The view from the rocking chairs on Slow M'ocean's balconies is soul beneficial for us, and we hope, for you one day soon. Below are some of the comments from some of our previous guests. THINGS OUR GUESTS HAVE SAID. My two favorite things were: (1) the pleasure of meeting the two of you and enjoying your delightful companionship for three great days and; (2) seeing Michael, Amy and Claire thoroughly enjoy their time at your marvelous place and in your marvelous company.. Dan Coenen, Athens, Georgia. Professor of Law. Costa Rica was better than we ever imagined. Thank you both for making our trip such a great experience. Your suggestions, your hospitality and your friendship made this very special for us.. Walt and Ann Przygocki, Denver, North Carolina. College professor (Walt) and systems analyst (Ann). Thanks Greg and Susan for a fantastic week. I loved watching the howler monkeys and the parrots from poolside. I also thoroughly enjoyed playing bridge down at Marlin Bill's. Greg, your banana pancakes are wonderful. Brenda Decker, Brentwood, Tennessee. Real Estate Agent. Truly, you are both spectacular people who own a spectacular place, which makes for a winning combination. And I feel very blessed to have met you and shared such an action packed three days.. Michael Coenen, Princeton, New Jersey. College Student. Thank you again for the hospitality in the 'paradise.' It was a pleasure for us to meet you and we hope to see you again soon.. Marco Carraro, Milano, Italy.
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