Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel in Costa Rica reopens


Travelers emerging from their winter cocoons will revel in a break at the newly renovated The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel. The iconic and laid-back landmark hotel in Nosara, Costa Rica unveils its year-long renovations, along with a host of activities that go way beyond surfing.

“No shirt, no shoes, Nosara” isn’t just a saying, it’s a lifestyle. Since 1988, The Gilded Iguana has nurtured a stress-free atmosphere that has attracted people from around the world.

Guests can indulge their inner child in the Costa Rican playground of Nosara. The modern and stylish renovations honor The Gilded Iguana’s 30 year-long history as a magnet to surfers, bikers, yoga and wildlife lovers, providing thoughtful new features for all. The Gilded Iguana’s professionally trained instructors in surfing, mountain biking, yoga and other fitness classes provide both private and group lessons and all the equipment necessary for newbies to old pros.

After a day in the surf, biking downhill jungle trails, hours on the yoga mat, or just sitting poolside, The Gilded Iguana’s new renovations will rejuvenate and inspire winter weary travelers. Rooms are equipped with high speed Wi-Fi, luxurious linens, secure surf board storage and more to coddle guests. Many rooms feature indoor/outdoor living space and showers.

Located on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, along the Pacific Coast in one of the world’s five “Blue Zones,” The Gilded Iguana epitomizes healthy and fun living. Embrace the Costa Rican lifestyle that has been shown to be the key to longevity through regional cuisine, social activities and having fun while working out.

Internationally acclaimed architect, Benjamin Garcia Saxe, designed The Gilded Iguana’s environmentally sustainable transformation. Saxe and co-owner/project manager, Jeffrey Grosshandler, collaborated to modernize this storied hotel for surfers and outdoor lovers. The hotel retains its long history as a community gathering spot with its onsite dining, twice weekly live music events and a “can’t miss” boutique gift store with curated treasures.

So ditch those winter boots and make a hot break to the newly renovated The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel, where adventure and luxury are all in a day’s play.

The Gilded Iguana Surf Hotel has 29 beautifully and thoughtfully redesigned hotel guest rooms, including a Surfer Suite for large groups. The renovation process included construction of a new centerpiece pool, kids pool, and pool bar by Joan Roca, top Central American “Master Pool Designer.” A property-wide organic bug repellant system provides a mosquito free setting.

Getting there
Nosara is a convenient getaway for travelers on most major carriers, who offer multiple daily flights to either San Jose or Liberia. From there, either ground transportation or a very short in-country flight completes the trip to the best adult playground imaginable.

A landmark at the beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica, The Gilded Iguana Hotel provides casual relaxation, comfort and splendid service to all guests. It is the ideal spot for travelers looking for a variety of activities and an affordable comfortable stay close to wildlife refuges and world-class surfing of Playa Guiones.