After a hearty breakfast at Harmony Nosara, my friend Steve Jacobus picked us up to show us his little piece of paradise – Tierra Magnifica. Tierra Magnifica is a warm and comfortable 9 bedroom villa. Steve regularly hosts retreats, incentive groups, and weddings. He has a super program every summer called Family Spanish Language Camp. Families have tailor-made Spanish classes along with daily activities in the area where they use what they learn in classes.

After our visit with Steve, we set out for the drive from Nosara to Punta Islita. I have done this drive before and was expecting ruddy roads all the way. I was super surprised that, although the road was gravel, it was smooth and we made great time.

Everyone was hungry and we wanted to check out the latest digs in Samara. Samara reminds me of the old Costa Rica before tourism became so mainstream. A lot of Europeans visit Samara. We had a super lunch at El Ancla seated right on the sand of Playa Samara. When I can, I always order the whole red snapper fried on the grill. Yummm, it was delightful.

Whole Red Snapper

Continuing on the coastal road took us through Playa Carrillo, one of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica, but no hotels! Never fear, we have rumors of a hotel in the works on the hill above the beach, though it is still on the QT. For those who want to visit this beautiful beach, it is a short drive from Nosara or, to our next stop, Punta Islita. Take a picnic and spend the day at this beautiful beach.

Playa Carrillo

We arrived at Punta Islita Hotel for happy hour. All of us thought the drive down the coast was a perfect day, and only took 2 hours from Nosara to Punta Islita.