The Gardens Hotel
Over the past decade, Nosara village, on the Nicoya Peninsula, has morphed from a sleepy-backpacker secret destination to a mini-resort town with restaurants and buzzy beach bars. In lush surrounds off the main drag, a 15-minute walk from curling waves, the Gardens Hotel is an old surfer favorite with a facelift. The good-value Garden Bungalows are simple white cubes with boxy bathrooms. Consider upgrading to the spacious Master Suite, decked out in honey-colored hardwood and featuring a large balcony over the pool.