With just over 12 hours of sunlight 365 days a year, residents and visitors of Nosara embrace an early morning lifestyle. With first light appearing around 5:10, and the sun rising at 5:30, most people quickly adapt to starting their day early.
The really early birds, the ones who wake up when the howler monkeys start chatting, are up and enjoying a cup of coffee while it’s still dark out. This way they can be paddling out as the sun rises, or get in a nice run before the sun and heat are at full strength. There is something peaceful about jumping into the glassy ocean while it still has its morning chill, with only a handful of other people, and watching the sun come up over the hills.
Having an active lifestyle is important to people here, and around 6 am the beach starts coming to life with surfers, runners, and people enjoying their morning walks. By 9:30, the juice and smoothie bars will be filled with a hungry crowd as they get fueled for the rest of their day. I frequently talk to people who say they wake up much earlier here than home, and it feels natural. With the sun beaming in full force by 6 and not a cloud in the sky it’s hard to lay around in bed.
Whether vacationing or living here full time, it’s important to people here to take advantage of the many outdoor activities on offer. For example, surfing, circuit training, boxing, yoga, zip lining, fishing, mountain biking, quad tours, are just some of the popular activities. With so much at your fingertips, it’s easy to start your day early, and fit in as much as possible before watching a spectacular sunset at 5:30.
The town and people flow with the rhythm of the sun, waking at dawn and settling in for the evening as the stars become vibrant. After gathering to watch the beautiful sunset, either from the beach or the surf, people head out to meet friends for a drink or dinner. However, by 9 most people are home and getting ready for bed to do it all over again.
Writing: Olivia Abry. Remax First Choice Nosara.
Photography: Callum Morse.