Living with a local family is a great way to learn more about the language and culture here in Guanacaste. Locals are friendly, helpful and very accepting of other cultures.
At Nosara Spanish Institute, our families are carefully selected and guided by a set of established regulations to ensure our students a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Our current homestay families live throughout the town of Esperanza, Garza and downtown Nosara.
Esperanza is within one kilometer of NSI, approximately a twenty-minute walk or five-minute bicycle ride. Downtown Nosara is located 4km inland.
Garza is a beautiful beachside town approximately 10 minutes from the school. Students staying in Nosara or Garza can either take the public bus or a taxi to and from Guiones. For the adventurous, biking is also an option.
Should you decide on a homestay, it is of utmost importance to understand the differences in standards of living between what many westerners are accustomed to. Houses are very clean, but small and rustic. While each house provides for all the basic needs, students should understand that many of the more modern amenities are likely not available. Students are guaranteed a private room but bathrooms might be shared with the entire family.
Breakfast, dinner and laundry service is included. The homestay takes place from Sunday to Sunday. $195.00 USD per week. Payments are made directly to the school. **Please note that dinner is not included on Saturday nights at Casa Matias**
Shared Homestay (Casa Mathias)
Casa Mathias can be described as a hybrid between a homestay and a student residence. The Rangel Cruz family has adapted their entire Esperanza property (1km from the school) to host NSI students. They offer 7 private rooms, divided between two houses. Rooms have a either single or double bed and are offered exclusively to students of Nosara Spanish Institute.
Features include: WIFI, a lounge area, shared kitchen and bathrooms, private bedrooms and Lisbia’s delicious home cooking. Casa Mathias is one of the preferred choices among students who acknowledge the benefits of cultural immersion and enjoy sharing that experience with other foreign students.
Breakfast, dinner and laundry service is included. Bookings take place from Sunday to Sunday. $195 per week. **PLEASE NOTE THAT DINNER IS NOT INCLUDED ON SATURDAY NIGHTS AT CASA MATHIAS. THERE ARE SEVERAL RESTAURANTS NEARBY OR YOU MAY USE THE STUDENT KITCHEN TO PREPARE SOMETHING. THIS IS DUE TO THE NATURE OF THIS HOUSE AS THEY HOST MANY STUDENTS AND REQUIRE ONE AFTERNOON TO GO SHOPPING FOR THE HOUSE**
Rooms are directly across from NSI campus and are equipped with a private bathroom, closet, nightstand, reading lamps, air conditioning and ceiling fans. Units also have WIFI and pool access. They are located steps away from the school and a 10-minute walk from Playa Guiones beach.
Apartments/Studios are furnished with queen beds and/or bunk beds. These units include a kitchenette with a full size refrigerator, two-burner stovetop, microwave, coffee maker, blender and dishware.
Single or double occupancy $600.00 – $750.00 per week
Holiday Rates (Dec. 15 – Jan. 5): $720.00 – $780 per week
Efficiency Units are furnished with one double bed. These units do not contain a kitchenette but include a small refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave and dishware.
Single or double occupancy $400.00/week or $80.00/day
Holiday Rate (Dec. 15 – Jan. 5): $480.00/week or $100.00/day.
Towels and bed linens are provided. Cleaning is provided once per week.
Additional Private Rentals
In addition, NSI is able provide assistance with a variety of weekly and short-term vacation rentals. Options range from small studios to larger multi-bedroom homes that can accommodate families or groups. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Please be sure to include the dates of your stay, the number of people, your weekly/monthly budget, transportation requirements and any other special requests.
Lodging options close to the school
Please let the location you choose know that you are studying at Nosara Spanish Institute.
Nosara Beach Hostel
Nosara’s closest hostel to the beach. Shared and private room arrangements free wireless and great atmosphere.
Tel +506 2682 0238 | www.facebook.com/Nosara-Beach-Hostel-225867230766105/
4 You Hostel
A newly constructed hostel close to school and the beach. Private and shared rooms available.
This option is about 1km from campus, a 20-minute walk or 8-minute bike ride.
5 studio cabinas (with kitchenette) and two small apartments. There is also a shared living space. Prices based on double occupancy.
Shared or private accommodation options with A/C and pool. Restaurant service and surf lesson services available.
Tel. ++ 506 2682 0527 | www.sunsetshackhotel.com
The Gardens Hotel
Certified green hotel with varying room arrangements. The hotel was built with respect for the existing environment and meets the highest standards for ecological development.
Tel. ++ 506 2682-4000 | www.nosaragardens.com
Harbor Reef Hotel
Full service hotel including restaurant and pool. Very close to the main Guiones beach entrance and a 10 minute walk to NSI.
Tel. +506 2682-1000 | www.harborreef.com
Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
Relaxed luxury resort including restaurant, pool, yoga, pilates and gym.
Tel. +506 2682-0256 | www.bodhitreeyogaresort.com
The Harmony Hotel
Boutique high end hotel centrally located near the Guiones main beach entrance. Offers a restaurant, pool and yoga.
Tel. +506 2682-4114 | www.harmonynosara.com