Walking the Walk in Playa Guiones (Then & Now)


Anyone who has been here for the 2017 rainy season would be hard pressed to believe that at one time all of Nosara was once a barren desert-like wasteland devoid of plant life and greenery. For thousands of years the coastal ecosystems of Playa Guiones were untouched pristine jungles. Agriculture and cattle ranches began inhabiting the region in the 1940’s, which led to “clear-cutting” and mass deforestation to accommodate cattle grazing pastures.

Surfers and eco-adventurers began exploring the area in the 1970’s and discovered empty beaches and perfect waves.

The ‘American Project’ initiated by developer Alan Hutchinson served to refocus the region on tourism, and marked the unofficial end to deforestation. However the damage of thirty years of cattle grazing had stripped the area of native flora and fauna. In 2009 a group of passionate eco-minded surfers formed Costa Verdes, an ambitious non-profit foundation dedicated to restoring biodiversity in the coastal ecosystems of Playa Guiones and beyond. To date they have  planted over twenty thousand plants and trees and have created a vibrant, interactive education and action program for local schools, environmental groups, and local businesses. Much credit goes to director Gerardo Bolaños for his unwavering dedication and commitment to this year-round effort. Recently the staff and family members of Olas Verdes and Safari Surf School participated in a reforestation work day with Costa Verdes, reminding us that sustainability is ultimately the responsibility of each and every one of us. If you would like more information or a tour of the Costas Verdes operation during your stay, please let us know and we will make it happen!

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