We absolutely adored our time at Hotel Boutique Lagarta. Everything about the hotel was stunning, from the restaurant overlooking the ocean, to the 3 infinity pools (one of which is always warmed!) overlooking the jungle and ocean, to our spacious and inviting room. All of the hotel employees were accommodating, kind and warm, going out of their way to make us feel cared for. Some days we ended up canceling planned activities because we just found spending an afternoon at the pool with the unforgettable vista so delightful. The food at the restaurant was delicious, and the spa was incredible and very reasonably priced. There's also a nature reserve on site that you can use, and we booked a kayaking trip through the hotel that left out of that reserve which was marvelous. There is a beach on the property though you do have to cross the river at low tide to reach it. That being said, you still get all the beauty and sounds of having the ocean right below the hotel, and there's a free shuttle that takes you to and from the other more popular beaches (Pelada and Guiones). We did experience the hotel's beach when we went kayaking as well and the waves were lovely and not rough. If we had to find a negative, it would be that the roads in and out of Nosara, and up and down the hill to the hotel, are quite challenging with MANY potholes. You definitely need an SUV to navigate, and we chose to take very reasonably priced tuk tuk rides whenever we left the hotel. Would gladly return!