Playa Pelada

Beach in Nosara Area

North of Guiones, Playa Pelada is rough and rugged, and less endowed with surfers and luxury (perhaps a luxury in itself). Things feel both spookier and more profound in Pelada. This beach lacks surf, so it's wonderful for children. It also has sheared-away boulders tumbling into a foaming sea, two alluring beachside restaurants and a fishing-village intimacy that Guiones lacks.

To walk to Playa Pelada from Guiones, follow the beach north and jump/wade the narrow inlet. Hook a right on the dry riverbed rocks just after the tree marked #3 on the beach and take the path uphill. If you're less ambitious, a tuk-tuk will run about US$6-8.