our life in playa pelada, nosara.

after our 9 hour ride, as we were on our very last nerve and the sun was starting to set, we pulled into Playa Pelada and sighed a breath of fresh air. when you’re on the go, you just never know what you’re going to find, but as we pulled up to El Chivo Cantina and saw the Beach Break Bungalows we knew the brain-rattling ride was worth it.

Playa Pelada is part of the Nosara area, just one beach north of the more popular surfer beach of Playa Guiones. the entire town is filled with international locals, adorable restaurants and outside cafes, all connected by rocky dirt roads winding through the lush jungle until you suddenly pop out at the beach.

our playa pelada life 

beach break bungalows, playa peladahome at the beach break bungalows, a handful of bungalows. during our stay, we were the only guests and had the whole property to ourselves.
beach break bungalows, playa peladaour upper level balcony provided an indoor/outdoor space for hanging out and virtual working.
beach break bungalows, playa peladathe patio space

beach break bungalows, playa peladaeach morning, we hang with the Howler Monkeys while they swing from the trees and make their deep howls (listen here).
howler monkeys

beach break bungalows playa pelada costa ricaour kitchen & my chef.
beach break bungalows, playa peladaour pool.

El Chivo Playa Peladathis is El Chivo and it’s awesome and it’s on the same property as our bungalows which makes for very convenient cocktailing.
El Chivo Playa Peladainside El Chivo.
El Chivo Playa Pelada

playa pelada costa ricaour walk down the hill from our bungalow to “town”

playa pelada costa ricawhich includes La Bodega market and Pantry coffee & pastry shop where i get my morning iced coffee fix.

Playa Pelada Costa Ricathe roads of Playa Pelada. not a single road is paved and most people cruise around on their quads.

Playa Pelada Costa RicaPlaya Pelada Costa Ricaand you stumble upon places like seekretspot for gelato on a hot day

playa pelada costa ricauntil you hit the private beach cove
Playa Pelada Costa Ricawe typically have the place to ourselvesplaya pelada costa rica

Playa Pelada Costa Ricaso we swim and check out the tide pools.
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playa pelada costa ricaand chill out until we’re ready for a beer at Olga’s Beach Bar

IMG_0654one of the few bars on the beach, Olgas has been grandfathered in.

IMG_0652 IMG_0655 IMG_0664the pooches of Olgas
IMG_0665 beach bar as authentic as they come
Playa Pelada Costa Ricacanines in the kitchen
Playa Pelada Costa Ricaand gringos at the bar.
playa pelada costa ricaa bunch of school kids goofing around at sunset
playa pelada until the sun sets and you get ready to do it all again tomorrow.

we heart you Playa Pelada

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