Kaya Sol, Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

We are constantly asked by travellers “Where is your favourite place that you’ve stayed?”

We’ve had all sorts of answers prior to this, and they tended to vary from day to day. But, after our experience in Nosara, we can safely say, “Kaya Sol!”

P1030317Kaya Sol has been on our radar since the start of the trip. It seemed that any time we mentioned Nosara to people they would recommend Kaya Sol. The further along in our trip we got, the more excited we got about our stay. So much so that we kept extending our booking and deciding to stay longer. By the time we arrived, we had decided we would be staying for 3 weeks.

This turned out to be a fabulous decision.

No matter what kind of traveller you are, Kaya Sol has an accommodation option that will work for you. They offer everything from hostels, and private rooms to apartments and houses. Oh did I mention a “real good time” is also included in your stay?

The hotel is located in the northern part of Playa Guiones. It’s about 200m from the beach and 40m from the local grocery store. There are several restaurants and coffee shops that are super close, and then its about a 10-15min to the heart of Guiones. That being said, once you are at Kaya Sol, you’ll find that there isn’t much need to leave.

I would describe Kaya Sol as an oasis. The property is deceivingly large, but built around P1030280the existing trees and greenery. You’re more likely to feel like you are in the a tranquil jungle then on the property of a hotel. The hub of Kaya Sol is their restaurant and pool area. Their pool is shaded, and includes a waterfall. The shade makes it nice and cool all day. It’s the perfect way to get away from the heat, which was regularly creeping over 40 degrees during our stay.

Although their amenities are great, it’s the people that truly make Kaya Sol amazing. We have, of course, already heard about Neal, the bartender, but the rest of the staff is just as wonderful and helpful. From Judy in reception to J.C and Emerson at the restaurant, everyone is there to make sure you are taken care of.

The bar

The bar

I can’t mention the restaurant without talking about their food. Seriously now, we had some epic meals while we were there. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and if I were you, I would partake in all three. Jorge knows his way around the kitchen and whips up some amazing food. My favourite was the chipotle platter. A veggie and rice dish in a miso cashew sauce with your choice of meat. Get it with brown rice and the fish of the day and you won’t be disappointed. Then there were the pancakes. Not just pancakes, but Eytl’s famous coconut, oatmeal, ginger pancakes! Don’t worry, there is a whole post on those coming later!

The restaurant offers live music two nights a week, as well as Trivia Night on Mondays. But regardless of what day of the week it is, there are always great people at the bar. We met so many wonderful people during our stay, including three girls from our hometown of Victoria, and one guy who helped us become Trivia Night champions on our last night (thanks Chris!). Despite the activity at the bar, everything winds down by 10, so you don’t need to worry about the noise. Nosara is all about getting up early for surf. Perfect for early birds like us.

Rocking the self-timer in one of our apartments

Rocking the self-timer in one of our apartments

The one tip I would give about Kaya Sol would be to book early! We stayed there for three weeks, but ended up switching rooms four times. It was actually really nice because we got to get a feel for the entire property. We stayed in a couple private rooms that had a bathroom and fridge, as well as full on apartments. Let me tell you, having our own kitchen AND kitchen table was a huge novelty!

So if you are looking a place to stay, or a place to eat, check out Kaya Sol in Nosara. Make sure you say hi to them from the “Zealanders!”

Pura Vida!


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Let’s take a moment to talk about Neal

Sometimes in life, you meet people that leave a lasting impression on you.


Neal is one of those people.

Neal is the bartender, surf instructor and all around “go-to” guy at Kaya Sol, in Nosara. We’ve spent much of our three weeks with him listening and laughing to his endless array of colourful stories. So much so that we decided to write a post exclusively about him. A first in Hostels and Hot Rollers history.

So without further ado…here is a little bit about Neal

16 Things You Need To Know About Neal

  1. Neal’s first job was as a cattle rancherNeal
  2. Neal once had a salad named after him
  3. Neal is allergic to the top 5 buttons on his shirt, therefore he always keeps them open
  4. Neal has the uncanny ability to make your one beer a the bar, turn into a night on the town.
  5. Neal has been in a bull fight
  6. Neal is a founding member of the Core Four, The Sexy Six and the Grizzly Boys Club for Men
  7. Neal doesn’t always paint his face, but when he does, he wants to be the Rainbow Ranger
  8. Neal would do anything for head scratches…anything
  9. Neal had 14 teeth pulled and had braces for 6 years
  10. Neal lived in the same town as the actor who played Freddy Kruger.
  11. P1030289Neal’s perfect night would involve bioluminescence on the beach with a green-eyed girl
  12. Neal currently has blue disco lights in his shower
  13. Neil had a near death experience from surfing
  14. Neal is the host of the most popular trivia night in all of Nosara
  15. Neal could and should write a book
  16. Neal is easily one of the most interesting and entertaining people we’ve met this whole trip.


Pura Vida Neal! Thanks for making this last leg of our adventure a memorable one.

Safe Travels!

Kate and Shaun (The Zealanders)