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Gilded Iguana Hotel

Gilded Iguana Hotel

Destination: Nosara

At a Glance

    • Two-minute walk from waves at Playa Guiones
    • Pool, waterfall, grass lawns, and bocce ball court
    • Restaurant and juice bar
    • Fun and lively

Ride in the last wave, throw on your flip-flops and stroll over to the Gilded Iguana hotel, just a two-minute walk from Playa Guiones.

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Spend the morning catching some of Costa Rica's best surf waves, trudge through the jungle on a quad, get a tan by the pool, or toss a frisbee out on the front lawn of one of Nosara's novel beachside hotels.


Split between two buildings, 12 total rooms support comfort and function for the active traveler. Tucked behind the pool and juice bar, six air-conditioned rooms let guests relax peacefully after a day in the sun. Just beyond the hotel entrance, six non air-conditioned rooms breathe with fresh air through wooden slat windows, livened by sounds of the jungle and restaurant below.

Functional yet comfortable, standard rooms, $40 without A/C, are fixed with wooden floors, a double bed, standing fan, private bathroom, locally made shampoo and conditioner, minifridge, small table and chairs, bedside lamp, closet space, Wi-Fi, and a rack for drying swimsuits and towels. An outdoor clothesline hangs guest's laundry, $10 per load.

Service & amenities

A bocce ball court, waterfall and swimming pool, grassy lawns and poolside restaurant house plenty of room for families and friends to gather and soak in the sunshine. Featuring live music on Tuesdays and Fridays, the restaurant overflows with excited chatter and new friendships.

Known for its friendly and relatable staff, the daytime bartender doubles as a receptionist, pleasant and informative about car rental, fishing trips, zip line tours and horse rides; or surfboard and ATV rentals—found just behind the Gilded Iguana main building.

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