Fodor's Expert Review Harbor Reef Surf Resort

Follow signs from Café de Paris turnoff toward Playa Guiones, Nosara, Guanacaste, 50206, Costa Rica

It's easy to lose yourself in the junglelike gardens of this comfortable surfer hotel, where rooms and suites cater to surfers of every age, with plenty of space for boards and gear inside. Centered around two small pools, one presided over by a concrete crocodile, the other by a tiny waterfall, the decor is rather rudimentary. "Surf city" rooms have two queen beds in slightly separate alcoves, whereas larger suites are great for families, with two bedrooms, two baths, a loft with twin beds, and a kitchen. The surf break at Playa Guiones is a 300-meter walk away. The open-air restaurant ($$) serves an American menu, with fresh fish, steak, chicken, pastas, Tex-Mex dishes, and during high season, Taco Tuesdays with $2 tacos, reggae music, and surfing videos.


  • attractive grounds
  • near beach and surf breaks
  • good restaurant


  • bland rooms
  • very small pools


Near the beach


Phones: -2682–1000


16 rooms for two to four people; 4 family suites, 2 with kitchens; 2 six-person suites with kitchen; 1 two-bedroom house with kitchen
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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