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Harbor Reef Surf Hotel

Hotel in Playa Guiones, Costa Rica

Swim up pool bar
Swim up pool barThe living area and kitchen of the Guiones SuiteRelaxing main pool at Harbor Reef Surf ResortThe Pelada SuiteWelcome to Harbor Reef!Surf City Suite at Harbor Reef in Playa GuionesSurf City roomSurf City roomFRESH seafood in our restaurantThe Pelada Suites.Loft and kitchen in Surf City SuiteNosara room

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About this property

Classic Surf Resort in the heart of Playa Guiones

Harbor Reef Hotel and it's wonderful collection of rooms, suites, two pools, restaurant and a bar have been a favorite Guiones getaway for families and surfers year after year.  A family owned and operated business, Harbor Reef Hotel is only a couple minutes walk along a jungle path to reach the beautiful and expansive beach - Playa Guiones.  If it's surf you're after, you'll find no shortage of it here.  If it's long hikes, seclusion, fishing or just relaxing then you've come to the right spot as well.

"Like most hotels in this area, the Harbor Reef Lodge is set back from the beach in the woods, providing pleasant seclusion.  The rooms are spacious and nice with big bathrooms, hardwood floors and great air conditioning.  The whole property attracts a friendly group of people - families, couples, fishermen, and especially SURFERS.  Owners Randy and Brenda opened the Harbor Reef Lodge in 1997, moving to Costa Rica from Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California, which is where Randy was born and raised.  After living 50 years in what most people would consider paradise, Randy found his own paradise in Playa Guiones.  And given the consistency of the surf here, I think he nailed it.  I can't say enough good things about the Harbor Reef Lodge."

    -Mike Parise,  The Surfer's Guide to Costa Rica

If you have already discovered Nosara, Costa Rica and Harbor Reef Lodge, we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit. If not, we hope you’ll join us for a great Costa Rican vacation experience. At Harbor Reef you will enjoy fast & friendly service from our staff that has worked with us, many of them, since we opened 12 years ago. English or Spanish we are here to enjoy the Pura Vida life style and hope that you will as well!

ROOM TYPES:
Nosara Rooms $35-99 
Standard Rooms, we have a total of 8, they all have A/C, Mini fridge, coffee maker and sink, hot water, private bathroom, Satellite TV and WiFi.  We have 3 different styles of the Nosara Room:
Style #1 two queen beds
Style #2 One Queen bed
Style #3 one queen bed and one Bunk bed
All of these rooms are on the ground floor, surrounded by gardens, a small porch sitting area to read or enjoy a morning coffee.

Reef Palades Suite  $65-115
These suites are near the pool and wet bar with balconies overlooking gardens and swimming pool we have 4 suites of this type two upstairs and two downstairs, all have A/C in main bedroom, mini fridge, coffee maker and sink, hot water, private bathroom, Satellite TV, WiFi and balcony with table and chairs. Number of bed is either 3 or 4 with one queen and two single beds (upstairs) one queen, one single bed and one bunk bed (downstairs)

Reef Guiones Suites  $75-145
Two upstairs larger suites adjoining each other with a connecting security door that will allow you to join the two suites if you have a large family or group of friends.  Both have a full kitchen, small living room with a large balcony overlooking gardens as well as A/C, mini fridge, coffee maker and sink, hot water, private bathroom, Satellite TV and WiFi.  Each has one queen bed and one set of bunk beds

Surf City Rooms  $75-145
Four downstairs rooms in 2 different buildings located in the most quiet area of the hotel and within steps from our second pool surrounded by beautiful gardens.  These rooms are very comfortable and great for honeymoon couples.  Amenities of these rooms are
Full A/C, mini fridge, coffee maker and sink, hot water, private bathroom, Satellite TV and WiFi.

Surf City Suites  $125-225
Two Upstairs suites on different buildings.  These large Suites are over 1200 square feet with two bedrooms/two bathrooms and a loft bedroom, beautiful wood ceilings, full kitchen a large patio with views over the gardens and pool and an outdoor dining table. These suites are perfect for families or couples that like extra room.  Some extra amenities of these suites are; A/C in two of bedrooms, mini fridge, coffee maker and sink, hot water, private bathroom, Satellite TV and WiFi.

Playa Guiones is well known for its excellent surf and consistent swell but we have other activities as well inlcuding:

  • SUP (stand up paddle boarding)
  • Volcan Arenal
  • Turtle watching
  • Hiking
  • Canopy Tours
  • Sport Fishing*
  • Horseback riding

* Fishing Details:

MARLIN: Caught year-round with the prime months being December through March, then August through September. 
SAILFISH: Caught year-round.  Sailfish tend to show in greater numbers during months of May, June, July, and August.
DORADO: Caught year-round. During the rainy season (May- November), Dorado are found under ocean debris from flooded rivers.
WAHOO: Even though they are found year-round, greater numbers of Wahoo are caught during the rainy season.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Caught year-round.  Smaller 20lb yellow fin tuna can be found just off the beach or further out, giants in the 250-300lb.

Amenities

  • Pool
  • Beginner Surf Lessons
  • Kid Friendly
  • Outdoor Shower
  • A/C
  • Television

Activities

  • Hiking

Rates

Period Cost
Per Night $45
Per Week $250
Per Month $600

Surf

This property is located near Playa Guiones - South. Same as Nosara/Guiones just further south down the beach. 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.

This property is also located near Playa Guiones. 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.

This property is also 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
  • Short board
  • Longboard
  • SUP
  • Beginner/Learn to Surf
  • Warm water

Surfer Reviews

CCNY0822 took a Wavecation in December

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 1:26pm from New York, NY, USA

Surf Rating:
3

Overall Satisfaction:
4
Breaks Surfed: Playa Guiones
Favorite Break: Do not know
Wave/Swell Conditions: SSW

Thoughts I want to pass on:

We are beginner surfers and had a blast taking lessons with Luigi from Coconut Harry's. Great people all around, as newbies we didn't feel intimidated or unwelcome. We travelled with friends who are true surfers who visit Costa Rica all the time. Great places to eat throughout Nosara, and within just a few minutes drive we were able to go river Kayaking, hiking through the jungle and on a Zip-Line. Also lots of Yoga classes and retreats, and I had a great massage. Nosara is lovely and uncrowded. Lots of friendly locals and American ex-pats living the good life. Harbor Reef room was spacious and very comfortable, reasonably priced with super friendly and helpful staff who made arrangements for all the activities we wanted to do, including transportation. The on-site restaurant is convenient, but this is one place that Harbor Reef really could improve- the menu, the food and the presentation need work. All in all, Harbor Reef is a great place for a fun, relaxing get-away whether you surf or not.

This is a great Wavecation for:

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Sup
Budget
Non-Surfers
Travelers without a Car

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Swim up pool bar

The living area and kitchen of the Guiones Suite

Relaxing main pool at Harbor Reef Surf Resort

The Pelada Suite

Welcome to Harbor Reef!

Surf City Suite at Harbor Reef in Playa Guiones

Surf City room

Surf City room

FRESH seafood in our restaurant

The Pelada Suites.

Loft and kitchen in Surf City Suite

Nosara room

 
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