The actual town of Nosara is located about 5km inland from Playa Guiones and this is where the majority of the local Tico population resides. The area is often referred to at Nosara Centro, Nosara Town or just Nosara. This area is broken up into a few different neighborhoods or barrios: Nosara Centro, Nosara Office Center, Arenales, Santa Terisita and Santa Marta.
Many visitors to Playa Guiones and Playa Pelada never even venture into Nosara Centro simply because they don't have a reason to. There are mini supers, restaurants, a doctors office etc. here in Guiones, so many folks do not feel the need to go into Nosara. However, there are some very useful amenities and businesses located in town, such as: the local airport, Super Nosara (big super market), Alfaro Bus ticket office, ICE office, Red Cross, Post Office, Pharmacy etc.
See the Businesses section for more information and to find out where these business are located in Nosara Centro.