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Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Hotels

The Gilded Iguana


  • Very economical rooms
  • Laid-back
  • Lively bar


  • Spotty service
  • Can be noisy
  • Cheaper rooms don't have a/c

Updated 04/14/2014

Fodor's Review

This lively hotel/bar/restaurant has been a Nosara fixture for more than 25 years. Televised sports, live music—on Tuesday and Friday nights—and lots of friendly regulars have made the open-air bar so popular that the owners had to expand it. There's an on-site surf school that can arrange surfing lessons and board rentals, as well as ATV rentals. Six large, air-conditioned rooms are lined up behind a small, kidney-shape pool with a refreshing waterfall and pool bar.

For traditionalists, the original rooms have more character, in a shaded wooden building with louvered, screened windows letting in fresh breezes in lieu of air-conditioning.

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Hotel Information


Playa Guiones, Nosara, 50206, Costa Rica



Hotel Details:

  • 10 rooms, 2 suites
  • Rate includes No meals

Updated 04/14/2014

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