Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during high season at El Chivo are the nights we support our local music scene and invite musicians and bands to come play throughout dinner from 7pm until 10 pm (sometimes a little later if the crowd is into it) with no cover charge. We recommend making reservations as the dinner rush can be busy and tables are not always available without a reservation.


How to do spring break like a grown up in Vogue online


BLDG 25 - Free People's Blog:  A nice little travel blog about travelling in Costa Rica during the rainy season.


 Tale of Two Tings


Conde Nast Traveler lists El Chivo as one of their favourite places to eat in Nosara.

From the Voice of Guanacaste, a local Costa Rican publication.



A little history behind the goat;

El Chivo means simply "the goat".  We love goats! The spirit of El Chivo starts with a goat and adds the silliness of the chupacabra legend,  a stroke of Frida Kahlo, a little Lucha Libre and a bit of Mexican Street grit to round it out. 

The latest Mexican restaurant to arrive in Nosara is our first "from scratch" restaurant here. We've had a stab at a few other restaurants and hotels you might have heard of if you've been here long enough, but El Chivo is the first one we've created from conception to completion. Our focus is definitely on the vibe, we wanted to create a great ambiance for the people of Nosara, and her visitors, to hang out and enjoy good music, funky art, delicious tequilas and casual Mexican fare. 

Our perspective on Mexico comes from our travels throughout the country. Before we came to Nosara in 2000, we left our bar jobs in Canada, to hop in a camper van and head south. We spent a good deal of time in Mexico, partly because we loved it, partly because we needed a new transmission in Barra de Navidad. Eventually we made it to Nosara, but we left again soon afterwards due to some customs squabbles with our vehicle. We headed back north, through Mexico again. We kept going back, sometimes by air, once again by car, it became evident that our love for Mexico was not a one night taco stand.

Somehow, despite our love affair with Mexico, we ended up back in the restaurant industry in Nosara, where we find ourselves still, all these years later.  Nosara has certainly grown on us, and we too have grown here in Nosara. With Mexico still very much in our hearts and minds, we are very excited to finally open our new restaurant El Chivo, a collaboration of our tequila induced dreams and mescal blurred memories. 

Matt and Joellen




Beach bungalows in the coolest part of town.

Beach Break Bungalows  is located in Playa Pelada, Nosara's hipper, up and coming neighbourhood, the sister beach to Playa Guiones. On the main road of Playa Pelada, our bungalow apartments offer spacious and relaxed holiday living within walking distance to world class surf and beaches.  Recently renovated in 2014, Beach Break Bungalows features eight comfortable studio apartments in a variety of styles, along with convenient amenities like a pool, restaurant, and mini market located on premises.