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The Gilded Iguana

Hotel in Playa Guiones, Costa Rica

The Gilded Iguana, an historical landmark in NosaraLive MusicCocktail Barscreened roomsa/c roomsBig Wave BreakfastBicycle RentalsNice waves Cobb SaladiQuad ATV Rentals and ToursHorse Riding tripsThai Shrimp, on the dinner menuWedding Reception Dinners

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About this property

A landmark at the beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica, The Gilded Iguana Hotel brings casual relaxation, comfort and excellent service to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The Gilded Iguana has been a part of the Beach community of Nosara since 1986, making it one of the oldest, most established hotels in the area. The Gilded Iguana is a favorite, and well loved SURF VACATION destination hotel.  A place in Nosara to get away from it all but still feel at home.  The Gilded Iguana is perfect for surfers, families, and adventure holidayers.

If you’re thinking of bringing your family to Nosara, the Gilded Iguana is the place to stay. Kids love the pool, the bocce court, and our wonderful kid friendly menu. We also have a children’s “Pack & Play” crib that we can have put into your room, as well as a “Bob” three wheel jogging stroller available for guest use. Our air conditioned rooms are just right for families as they are located further from the restaurant and kids will get a better night’s sleep, making parent’s surf vacation more enjoyable during the day!

Looking for adventure?  Surf lessons, board rentals, ATV rental and tours, kayak tours, canopy “zip line” tours, sport fishing charters, horseback riding, and hikes are just a few things you can fill your day with here in Nosara.  One of our great staff members is happy to book any one of these great activities for you.

The Gilded Iguana Hotel has 12 rooms, six original units with upper level balconies, or ground floor garden porches, and six newer units with air conditioning, and a shared terrace. All are spacious, comfortably furnished, and come equipped with hot water and a small refrigerator. Coffeemakers can be provided upon request. We recommend an a/c room for anyone with a sensitivity to ambient noises, or those looking for more privacy and less interaction with the restaurant. Our non air conditioned rooms are cooled by breezes from the large screened windows and are thus able to hear restaurant noises as well as the howler monkeys and other jungle sounds.

Our restaurant and bar is open air, looking out onto tropical gardens, and open from 7:30 am until 9:30 pm. Our food is some of the best in town, and our fast and friendly service is renowned. The Gilded Iguana Restaurant was recently voted the best Seafood and “overall Value” restaurant in Nosara by readerʼs of the Del Sol Magazine, a Samara, Carillo and Nosara area magazine.  Als we separate all recyclables and food waste, compost all organics and have a small herb and vegetable garden. We buy organic and local farm raised meats, fresh wild fish and seafood and use biodegradable take away containers.

So for a perfect tropcial getaway, with great friends, great food and great waves, head down the The Gilded Iguana.  Our affordable and spacious hotel room fill up quickly, if you're thinking of joining us, make sure and reserve your room in advance.

Surf Packages now available starting at $700/person/week. This package is based on two/room, with a minimum of two people. Package includes 5 semi private (2 students - 1 instructor) surf lessons, five day board rental, seven nights accommodations in an a/c room, daily breakfast for two and transportation to and from Liberia airport. Package does not include airfare to Costa Rica, lunch, dinner or beverages.


  • Pool
  • Budget
  • Board Rentals Nearby
  • Beginner Surf Lessons
  • Yoga
  • Kid Friendly


  • Hiking
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife


Period Cost
Per Night $50
Per Week $300
Per Month Call for Info


This property is located near Playa Guiones - North. Same as Playa Guiones/Nosara just a little further North. Also called "Nosara", Playa Guiones is one of Costa Rica's most consistent breaks. This sandy bottom beach break seems to always have a peak to surf. The beachfront here is parkland so everything is set back a couple hundred meters from the sand. This makes Guiones a very peaceful and laid back getaway. Surfing is possible all along the beach, just find yourself a peak. You may find better shape on the North end of the beach. There is also a point that sometimes breaks there. Overall a forgiving wave and great for beginners. There are many surf schools in Nosara that use this area as their classroom.

Surf Type

  • Beach break
  • Right
  • Left
  • Short board
  • Longboard
  • SUP
  • Beginner/Learn to Surf

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The Gilded Iguana, an historical landmark in Nosara

Live Music

Cocktail Bar

screened rooms

a/c rooms

Big Wave Breakfast

Bicycle Rentals

Nice waves

Cobb Salad

iQuad ATV Rentals and Tours

Horse Riding trips

Thai Shrimp, on the dinner menu

Wedding Reception Dinners

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