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About Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, is located on the southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The town was founded by and for surfers; a true paradise for wave riders, the town revolves around the sport. It is very common for Santa Teresa to be a ghost town by 9 p.m. due to eager riders preparing for the next day on the surf. On the other end, the town is bustling early in the morning with little eateries ready to serve breakfast and coffee before the tide kicks up. Cabo Blanco National Park is only located a short distance away and offers lovely day hikes to see and hear the flora and fauna of Costa Rica.
Santa Teresa is a small town that revolves around surfing but does offer a few amenities and services more common to all. A few restaurants and one bar offer some nightly entertainment while one ATM dispenses both colones and American dollars. For the home cook, a small grocery store provides grocery necessities. The bus schedule can be infrequent and the ride to or from the major cities is long and will take most of the day. All Santa Teresa hostels are located on the beach and cater to surfers.
Santa Teresa is a small beach town that offers a lot to surfers and not much to those who don't surf. Lessons and board rentals are easy to come by, making it a great place for professionals and beginners alike.
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Casa del Mar Hostel
"Excellent - Caesar (owner) and his wife are awesome! Very friendly and accommodating! The rooms are nice -- dormitory style with five sets of bunks. We arrived on a weds. and on Fri. Caesar and friends cooked for us. We had salad, whole fresh fish, sides, and drink for about a quarter what it would have cost us had we eaten out! From the moment you met the entire staff they make you feel at home and are treated like family! we will be back...
"Fantastic place and people - I loved staying at Cuesta Arriba last July/Aug. Well run, clean place. Friendly people. Owners and management are super nice. I will return there one day for sure." … "… available for both surfers and non surfers. Amenities: Complimentary coffee and toast Laundry service Linen included Huge fully equipped kitchen area Parking (free) Board games available Magazines and book...
Wavetrotter Surf Hostel
"Loved it! - Stayed at Wavetrotter for three days in late November, the owners Julio and Givanni make you feel right at home, and the whole place has a really chill vibe. It is modern and very open and extremely clean, you can also rent surfboards there for $10 a day and if you are lucky, try to get Julio to give up a day of surfing to give you a lesson." … "… bunk beds, lockers and always clean bed sheets private rooms with...
Pura Vida MINI Hostel - Santa Teresa
"I really liked it since it has it all - They have a pool, TV with Movies, Hot shower, and its up on the hill in the jungle with monkeys. The staff is friendly and will help you figure out interesting things to do in the area. Fresh clean sheets and laundry service." … "… But away from all the dust and hassle and bustle of this little town in our own private sanctuary with the swimming pool and where you can purchase soft...
Don Jon*s Lodge & Restaurant
"… serving latin american food made with fresh ingredients always. Relax in one of our many hammocks, enjoy fresh fish tacos or a world class burrito from the restaurant. Surf all day long and then enjoy the night fiestas at one of the quality discotecas or bars around town. Don Jon*s your perfect tropical escape to the way life should be. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 48 hours before the arrival Check in: 2.00 –...
Hostel Seven 7 Casa Del Gingi
"If you like red ants ... - Our double private room was not ready when we arrived, even though we booked in online the day before. First thing we notice on our two beds -- lots of red ants running everywhere. So we kill them, the young man working at the reception doesn't seem to care. Then I use the bathroom, flush it and realize there was a poop in the toilet bowl. The toilet bowl get stuck and we feel very ashamed to ask the young guy to...
Casa Zen Guesthouse & Yoga Center
"… are also located on the first floor (there are many to choose from and they are always clean!). We also have two well-equipped communal kitchens, including our signature chef’s kitchen, complete with a professional quality stove, microwave, blenders, and a giant stainless steel refrigerator. We offer a amazing Yoga deck with every day class. Our helpful, bilingual staff is always ready to help plan other tours and activities in the...
Kokua Hostel Santa Teresa
"Highly recommended! - Great vibe! The staff was awesome, keeping the place clean and the guests entertained all the time with great music and movies. The facilities are very comfortable (the kitchen even has a blender), although the toilets can use a little repair as well as some of the old a/c inside the rooms. The location is superb, just next to a supermarket and a couple of good restaurants, not far from the beach and the center of town....
Sitting Bull Santa Teresa
"… The mini apartment for groups of friends and dorms are fully equipped, safe and clean. Our goal is to help you with your trip around Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. Our staff will provide you the best travelling tips to save time and money. Supermarket is 20m away. walking distance to several restaurants, bank and more. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No...
Tranquilo Backpackers Santa Teresa
"Sh*thole??? - Upon first glance the place looks nice, but my summary better describes it. At further inspection, the room was tiny, and filthy, I would not sleep on the mattress it was so dirty, there was nowhere to lock up your valuables and the bathroom was so disgusting and dirty I didn't even want to take a leak let alone shower. It was covered in mildew and there was a distinct urine/sewage smell there. The place was filled with young...
"CASA TEKA'S 100% TEAK HOUSE IS SANTA TERESA'S "HOME OF THE BACKPACKERS", AT EIGHT DOLLARS A NIGHT FOR MIXED DORMITORIES WITH FREE BREAKFAST THIS PLACE IS TRUELY A BUDGET TRAVELERS OASIS. WITH FREE INTERNET, FREE MOVIES, FREE TOWELS AND SHEETS AND THE USE OF AN EXCELLENT COMMUNAL KITCHEN.CENTRALLY LOCATED WITH A LARGE HAMMOCK GARDEN YOU CAN'T GET BETTER VALUE ANYWHERE. THE OWNER ARTURO IS A HIGHLY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND CONGENIAL CHARACTER, TOURS...
Mini Hostel Santa Teresa
"Minihostel Santa Teresa combines a great location and a warm atmosphere with lots of hospitality. Backpackers can enjoy a safe hostel since we have 24 hour security, which no other hostel has on Santa Teresa beach. Our hostel provides you with towels and linen, soap and anything else you need. Just ask the owner of Minihostel, please note that all dorm beds have a shared bathroom. The staff will help you organize and plan your trip to Cabo...
"… over the world. We have 7 rooms, with capacity for 24 people. We have 4 shared bathrooms, 2 fully equipped kitchens, gardens overlooking the river and space for parking cars. We also have a large camping area surrounded by vegetation, BBQ area, laundry service and internet access. We are located between Malpais and Santa Teresa in beautiful Nicoya Peninsula belongs to the province of Puntarenas, at 125 m from the beach, and the...
"… you need very close to the resort: restaurants, supermarkets, surf shops, etc. Disfrutalo is only 80 meters from the beach with a tropical forest separating us from the best waves in Costa Rica. We also offer private parking inside the Hotel. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Method of payment accepted upon...
"… TERESA-MAL PAIS. Sleeps comfortably 2 or 3 people, offering one double bed and one single bed . They also include a private bathroom with hot water, fully equipped kitchen, refrigerator, ceiling fan, closet, a relaxing porch and cleaning service. Excellent location just 100 m from the beach, near the restaurants, the most beautiful beach, also a few meters away is the best surf beach break. Near the restaurants, the most...
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Rio Carmen Hostel y Camping
"We are located in Playa Carmen St. Teresa, 80 meters from the sea and breaking point, surrounded by the nature and near the creek. We offer you two double rooms with private or shared bathroom, dorms with 6 places and our shaded garden with space for 15 tents and barbecue space. We have a big full equiped shared kitchen, free and fast WIFI internet access, lockers, free parking." … "… 14 $, it depart at 6 AM or 12 AM and...
Rumbo Surf Lodge
"At only 100 meters from a breathtaking sandy beach and from the best surf spot of the area (La Lora) we offer to our guests five cozy apartments each composed by a large open space with a double bed and sofa bed, fully furnished kitchen, bathroom, safety box, cable tv, air conditioning, internet wi-fi, cleaning service, mosquito net and a private and comfortable terrace surrounded by nature" … "… service, mosquito net and a...
Funky Monkey Lodge
"I had the best time! I met some great people, the owners rocked, and Gabby makes the meanest banana pancakes I've ever had. All in all the best place I stayed at on my trip to Costa Rica." … "This was the seventh time I've stayed here. It's the best!!! The Funky Monkey is the greatest place you could possibly go to in Costa Rica. Gabby is a great cook and the food is great. The hotel is also close to the beach so it's convenient for...
Surf Hotel Meli Melo
"… to advanced - Surfboards rental, all sizes and shapes Please Note: Cancellation policy: 72 h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 14:00 to 22:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash. Paypal only, 1 night deposit Taxes not included - 13.00% Breakfast not included. No curfew. Children friendly Owner are...
Santa Teresa Sunset Villas
"Santa Teresa Sunset Villas is a place to relax and enjoy our tropical gardens or just watch the sunset in your hammock. We have surfboard rentals and surf lessons. We also have different kind of tours available such as horseback riding, canopy, sport fishing, snorkeling, tortuga island adventures and more. 5 bungalows each of them with fully-equipped kitchen, fridge, private bathroom, wi-fi internet, ocean view balcony, security and parking...
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Beach Break Surf Hotel
"… restaurants and nightlife. We have 14 double private rooms with A/c, cable tv, safe hot water, private bathroom, balcony and other 3 fully equipped studios with hammoks. we have also a communal clean fully furnished kitchen, freeWiFi, free parking, security guard, confortable rancho and a chill out zone. Small breakfast (fruit coffe and toasts) is included. Beach Break Surf Hotel Policies and Conditions: Cancellation...
Manta Raya Surf Hotel
"… walk from a market and several restaurants and food shops. The Manta Raya Hotel is located in Santa Teresa, near Playa Carmen and 10 minutes drive from Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. Located 25m Banana Beach Front Beach where you can Surfing! The private and shared rooms Manta Raya feature functional decor and tiled floors. Each has a private bathroom with shower. Manta Raya Surf Hotel Policies and Conditions: Check in from...
"I found the manager (female) to be a little rude at times. - The place was clean, quiet, great hot water (although shower drain didnt drain well), decent air conditioning, great little fridge in the room. Other than the manager being unfriendly at times I would have given it 5 stars. I will stay there again and I do recommend it to others." … "… fully equipped kitchen with coffee maker,4 stoves with oven,fridge and freezer and...
Santa Teresa Travel Tips & Suggestions
I had the time of my life there -- I loved it so much I am moving there!
I love this place! Everything is really beautiful in there, most of the people are very gentle, you make friends easily, and the waves are pretty good for surfing! If you haven't been there, you must go as soon as you can!
I looked at the beach and said, wow, what a nice beach. And then I looked at the topless girls running across it.
I love Santa Teresa -- very nice spot for surfing and to party too. The beach is huge and very beautiful. We had really a good time.
Great place, but if you don't surf, not much point of going there. Kinda expensive, besides surf beaches are quite dirty. Great spot, but will never go back.
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