The Gilded Iguana Hotel & Restaurant is currently closed and under renovations and expansion.  Estimated Re-opening Feb 2018.



  • The Current Plans for the completed expansion project include:


  • 30 Hotel Rooms
  • Single King and Double Queen Room Layouts
  • Bar and Restaurant complete renovation and rebuild of historic structure.
  • Larger Restaurant Area, with Covered Deck and Lawn Tables
  • Continued Live Music Nights
  • Signature, Centerpiece Pool
  • Basic Spa
  • Surf Club
  • Activity Center including Studio, Mountain Biking, and Retail



The following images are computer renderings of planned expansion. Rooms scheduled to be completed and available for occupancy Feb 2018. 

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A landmark at the Beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica, The Gilded Iguana Hotel provides casual relaxation, comfort and excellent service to all guests. It is the ideal spot for travelers looking to stay somewhere that is affordable, steps from the beach, and will deliver an unforgettable experience at Playa Guiones.

Constructed as one of the first residences dating back to 1973, The Gilded Iguana opened for business as a Hotel and Restaurant in 1986, making it the longest operating & most established hotel in the area.

The Gilded Iguana has become a favorite, well loved vacation destination hotel, and home away from home in Nosara for surfers, families, and travel groups. The spacious hotel rooms and suites are popular among travelers because they are just steps away from Playa Guiones, in the most ideal location in all of Nosara.


The Gilded Iguana Hotel is located in the heart of Playa Guiones, directly in front of the main access road to the North Entrance of the beach. The Gilded Iguana is located front and center to all that Nosara has to offer: great surf, yoga, relaxation, spas & massage food, drinks, & shopping.

Family Friendly

If you’re thinking of bringing your family to Nosara, the Gilded Iguana is your place to stay.  The new hotel will include “connecting” rooms perfect for families and traveling groups.


  • Guiones Beach Location
  • Rooms With A/C
  • On-site Restaurant & Services
  • Hotel Store
  • Spa
  • Wheel Chair Access Hotel Room
  • Wheel Chair Access Restrooms
  • Walk to shopping, surf, and supermarkets.
  • Lighted Parking, 
  • Laundry Service Available
  • Daily Cleaning Service
  • Centerpiece Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Pool Bar
  • Satellite TV in Bar and Restaurant
  • Sporting Events on TV
  • Live Music Events
  • This is about as high end as food gets in Nosara. European-like atmosphere. Excellent food. Amazing ambiance.

    T. E. - Jacksonville, FL

  • You can not go wrong with any of the seafood. My favorite is the Shrimp Curry. The Tuna Tar Tar is also amazing.

    Eileen M - Anaheim Hills, California

  • Best Hotel in town. Location is unbeatable, I surfed everyday with the waves just a couple steps away. Will definitely return to The Iguana for future trips.

    M. Smith , New York City, NY


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